Care For Kids recommends apprenticeship scheme for childcare workers

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February 24, 2014
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Childcare workers upgrading their qualifications would have their tuition fees covered under an apprenticeship scheme to ease the chronic skills shortage in the sector, according to a recommendation by a leading industry group, Care For Kids.

Providers are still struggling to meet new standards introduced in January that require half of all staff to have, or be working towards, a diploma in early childhood education and remaining staff to hold a certificate III qualification. Services with more than 25 children are required to employ a university-qualified early childhood teacher under the National Quality Framework, which aims to lift young children’s learning. But the cost of further study is a deterrent to staff earning as little as $19 an hour.

Roxanne Elliott, co-founder of childcare resource website Care For Kids, is calling for an apprenticeship scheme to subsidise courses, with a certificate III costing up to $4000, a diploma up to $13,000 and a tertiary degree up to $24,000. In its submission to the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into childcare and early childhood learning, Care For Kids also recommends making on-the-job experience equivalent to formal qualifications in appropriate cases.

Ms Elliott said many older, experienced childcare workers were leaving the sector as they did not want to retrain or could not afford to.

Sam Page, chief executive of national peak body Early Childhood Australia, supports the idea of subsidising tuition fees.















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