Media Release – Early Childhood Education Workforce Strategy

Media Release – Early Childhood Education Workforce Strategy

GREAT NEWS FOR OUR SECTOR. CCSA supports Early Education Workforce Strategy as qualified service provider.

Today the NSW Department of Education launched the Early Childhood Education Workforce Strategy 2018 – 2022. CCSA is a qualified provider for the Early Childhood Sector across NSW and we welcome this important and exciting Government initiative. The strategy has four key focus areas;

  1. Recruitment:
    Promotion of early educator and teachers as a critical part of a child’s education journey and the promotion of early childhood education as an exciting career path
  2. Education Support:
    Supporting the current workforce in obtaining any qualifications they need to prepare them for the workforce
  3. Ongoing Professional Development:
    Building educators skills by supporting them with professional development
  4. Building Sustainable Businesses:
    Supporting services to champion sustainable business practice that will create a stable workforce and reduce staff turnover.

Meg Mendham, CEO of CCSA says, “We welcome the announcement of this important strategy. We have been advocating for better professional development opportunities and improved business practices for our sector for many years. The strategy is underpinned with information and data from CCSA that we have gained over our many years. This policy is a significant step in the right direction and CCSA is so pleased that the government priority is to support the recruitment, retention, and sustainability of early childhood services and their staff.”

“By empowering and inspiring the sector, the benefits to children will be higher quality services that taught by well-educated and engaged teams – we are excited to be a part of this strategy.”

About CCSA (Community Connections Solutions Australia)

For nearly 50 years CCSA has been working with early education and care services. Our focus is supporting each service to reach their full potential. We provide training and business support services. Our proven track record makes us the lead provider in training, leadership and business support such as Financial Systems and daily process.

Our purpose is to partner with and advocate for early childhood education and care services to ensure positive outcomes for children and communities.

CCSA members represent the full range of service types including preschools, long day care, occasional care, multipurpose centres, mobiles, family day care, out of school hours care, early intervention, and outreach services. We support community based and private services located in rural, remote, regional, and metropolitan areas.

Media Contact: Michelle Moore, 02 4782 1470 or 0411 256 683 or michelle.moore@ccsa.org.au

 

 

 

 

Changes to our phone system

Improved member access

Shortly we’ll be introducing an automated phone answering system to connect you with the right CCSA person faster. We know that members value speaking directly with our staff, so the changes are designed to connect you to the right person simply and quickly.

From 10 August, when you call us an automated system will give you 4 options to be connected directly to our Member Support team, Business Solutions team, the Training and Development team or to reception for all other enquiries.

We know an automated system is a first for CCSA, but we’re confident this will streamline access to the information you need. You’ll still be able to speak with reception at any time just by dialling 1 and you’ll be able to connect directly with the team you need at any time by dialling 2 for Member Support, 3 for Business Solutions or 4 for Training and Development. You won’t even have to wait for the menu options to finish once you know the option for each team – it’s that simple.

The new system will be used for both the 1800 991 602 and 02 4782 1470 numbers.

You can download a guide here.

 

Media Release – CCSA welcomes additional funding for early childhood education in NSW Budget

CCSA welcomes additional funding for early childhood education in NSW Budget

CCSA welcomes the additional funding for early childhood education announced by the Treasurer, the Hon. Dominic Perrottet MP in the NSW State Budget.

The NSW Government has budgeted $474.3M for early childhood education in 2018-19. This is an increase of $29.8M or a 6.7% increase of expenditure in 2017-18.

The investment in early childhood education in the 2018-19 Budget commits an additional $197.8M over four years to:

  • extend funding to all three-year-olds in community preschools from 2019
  • provide capital grants funding to support the creation new community preschool places in growth areas, and
  • continue Start Strong funding for preschool education in community preschools and long day care services.

“The 2018-19 Budget represents positive progress for early childhood education funding, particularly with the extension of the funding model to include all three-year-olds. International research shows that participation in two years of high quality early childhood education delivers greater benefits to children than one year alone.” said Meg Mendham, CEO.

“CCSA is also pleased that although the Federal Government has decided not to renew the National Partnership Agreement on the National Quality Agenda for Early Childhood Education and Care, the NSW State Government will continue to fully fund the regulation of the sector under the National Quality Framework, including the process of accreditation and rating. This will ensure that not only will additional preschools places made available, but that these will be providing high quality early education.” said Meg Mendham.

Media Contact: John Gunn, 02 4782 1470 or John.Gunn@ccsa.org.au

About Community Connections Solutions Australia (CCSA)

For nearly 50 years CCSA has been the peak organisation representing early childhood services in rural and remote communities across NSW. Our purpose is to partner with and advocate for early childhood education and care services to ensure positive outcomes for children and communities.

CCSA members represent the full range of service types including preschools, long day care, occasional care, multipurpose centres, mobiles, family day care, out of school hours care, early intervention, and outreach services. We support community based and private services located in rural, remote, regional, and metropolitan areas.

CCSA calls for more certainty in investment for quality early childhood education and care

CCSA Media Release 10 May 2019

This year’s federal budget confirmed the Australian Government’s commitment to rolling out the new Child Care Package which will commence on 2 July 2018. However, it fell short of confirming ongoing investment in the National Partnership Agreement (NPA) on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education, which includes funding for all children to access 600 hours of a quality preschool program in the year prior to starting school. Currently, the budget only provides funding for the Universal Access program for the calendar year 2019.

“CCSA knows how important the Australian Government’s investment in Universal Access has been in lifting the number of children who have been able to access 600 hours of preschool education in the year prior to starting school. It would have been reassuring for both services and families to know that this important funding will be continuing in the Forward Estimates through until 2021-22.  In addition, we would like to see universal access extended to all three-year-olds. This would mean that Australia’s approach to early learning lines up with the growing body of research that shows all children benefit most from preschool and early learning programs if they can participate for  two years prior to starting school.” said Meg Mendham, CEO.

CCSA welcomed the investment of $14.5m in the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) over the next two years but is concerned the Australian Government has not shown any commitment in the budget to continuing the separate National Partnership Agreement (NPA) on the National Quality Agenda for Early Childhood Education and Care.

“The Minister for Education Simon Birmingham has stated in his media release that the continued funding for ACECQA ‘guarantees ongoing Commonwealth leadership following the completion of the partnership agreement with states and territories’. However, CCSA needs to see more detail on the proposed funding arrangements to support the vital goals of quality education and care service delivery for children, families and communities under the National Quality Framework. We would be very concerned if the end of the National Partnership Agreement wound back the ongoing investment in, and implementation of, the National Quality Framework.” said Meg Mendham, CEO.

“We understand the National Partnership Agreement currently provides approximately $20m p.a. to the states ($7m in 2017-18 to NSW) to support their role as the regulators for the National Quality Framework. We urge the Australian Government to enter into further dialogue with the states and territories to ensure continuation of the current national arrangement. CCSA opposes any watering down of the COAG commitment to a nationally consistent approach to quality early childhood education and care, especially at a time when the research is unequivocal that high quality education and care services provide the most benefits for children.” said Meg Mendham.

Media Contact: John Gunn, 02 4782 1470 or John.Gunn@ccsa.org.au

About Community Connections Solutions Australia (CCSA)

For nearly 50 years CCSA has been the peak organisation representing early childhood services in rural and remote communities across NSW. Our purpose is to partner with and advocate for early childhood education and care services to ensure positive outcomes for children and communities.

CCSA members represent the full range of service types including preschools, long day care, occasional care, multipurpose centres, mobiles, family day care, out of school hours care, early intervention, and outreach services. We support community based and private services located in rural, remote, regional, and metropolitan areas.

Media Release – CCSA welcomes further early childhood investment

CCSA welcomes today’s announcement by NSW Minister for Early Childhood Education, Sarah Mitchell of two further investments in early childhood education and care:

  • the continuation of a $2.5 million community grants program to support the engagement of Aboriginal children and disadvantaged children in early childhood education, and
  • a new $2.0 million Start Strong Pathways program to support educational engagement of children prior to preschool and promote the importance of early childhood education to parents.

The Community Grants program will provide one-off grants of up to $7,000 for initiatives such as regular breakfasts, specialised staff, or transport initiatives to increase access for Aboriginal and disadvantaged children. In 2018, the program has also been extended to include metropolitan early childhood education services as well as regional and remote services.

Speaking at the announcement, CCSA CEO, Meg Mendham commented “CCSA is pleased that the Community Grants program will continue in 2018. These grants enable early childhood services to develop responsive programs and initiatives to improve engagement of Aboriginal children and children from disadvantaged backgrounds in early childhood education.”

“The research shows that all children benefit significantly from early childhood education, and children from disadvantaged backgrounds benefit most. The Community Grants program plays an important role in enabling services to connect with and support participation of all children in early childhood education.”

The Start Strong Pathways program will provide grants to not-for-profit, community-based services that support educational engagement of children prior to preschool. It will enhance and extend the work of existing programs in mobile services, preschools and playgroups, as well as encouraging new programs in long day care and occasional care services.

“CCSA is very pleased to see this further investment by the NSW government in early years education from birth to school. We have long advocated for funding to support pathways for babies and toddlers into a preschool program.” said CCSA CEO, Meg Mendham.

“Whether it be in a playgroup setting, a toy library program or a literacy-based program working with parents and young children, this investment of $2m in the early childhood sector has the capacity to strengthen outcomes for children in NSW. This program will enable not-for-profit, community-based services to engage with their community and support the learning and education of children from birth to school.”

Media Contact: John Gunn, 02 4782 1470 or John.Gunn@ccsa.org.au

About Community Connections Solutions Australia (CCSA)

For nearly 50 years CCSA has been the peak organisation representing early childhood services in rural and remote communities across NSW. Our purpose is to partner with and advocate for early childhood education and care services to ensure positive outcomes for children and communities. CCSA members represent the full range of service types including preschools, long day care, occasional care, multipurpose centres, mobiles, family day care, out of school hours care, early intervention, and outreach services. We support community based and private services located in rural, remote, regional, and metropolitan areas.

Media Release – CCSA welcomes a plan for early childhood education in regional and remote NSW

The NSW Government has announced its Regional and Remote Early Childhood Education Strategy 2017 – 2022. This important new strategy focuses on “Ensuring every child in regional and remote NSW gets the best start to life”.

CCSA welcomes this important initiative that will help drive better outcomes for early childhood education in regional and remote areas of NSW.

CCSA Chief Executive Officer, Meg Mendham said, “We recognise that families in regional and remote communities face challenges accessing quality early childhood services and that recruiting and supporting qualified staff to deliver education programs is paramount. This new strategy will support improved training and increased access to education programs.”

“We directly engaged with the NSW Department of Education during the development of the strategy, ensuring the views and experiences of our members were well-represented to government. We are pleased to see this contributed to the development of this important new policy direction.”

“The strategy also sets priorities on education for Aboriginal Communities in culturally safe environments, as well as supporting training and increased access to education programs. This is essential to closing the indigenous education gap.”

“For many years, we have been advocating for greater recognition for mobile services in remote areas and we are particularly pleased to see flexible and responsive approaches for mobile services in the new strategy.”

“The Regional and Remote Early Childhood Education Strategy is a great win for the education of children in these communities because it addresses many of the key issues that are unique to delivering education to them. We are pleased to have been actively involved with the NSW Government in driving outcomes that will enrich the lives of children and ensure the sustainability of all services into the future.”

CCSA looks forward to working with the NSW Government and the NSW Department of Education as further programs are developed to deliver on the aims of the strategy.
Details of the strategy can be found on the NSW Department of Education’s website.

Media Contact: John Gunn, 02 4782 1470 or John.Gunn@ccsa.org.au

About Community Connections Solutions Australia (CCSA)

For nearly 50 years CCSA has been the peak organisation representing early childhood services in rural and remote communities across NSW. Our purpose is to partner with and advocate for early childhood education and care services to ensure positive outcomes for children and communities.

CCSA members represent the full range of service types including preschools, long day care, occasional care, multipurpose centres, mobiles, family day care, out of school hours care, early intervention, and outreach services. We support community based and private services located in rural, remote, regional, and metropolitan areas.

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