Labor is calling on the Government to urgently crack-down on sub-standard training for early childhood educators, after a new report today identified serious problems with some courses and assessment.
Dodgy training puts the quality of early childhood education at risk, and is deeply unfair for students. It also pushes up the cost of child care through the turn-over of underqualified staff, and training catch-up costs.
“Far too many providers are delivering courses that are too short to ensure that: people are gaining all of the required skills and competencies; or that they are being assessed properly.”
[Training for early childhood education and care in Australia, Australian Skills Quality Authority, p11]
This revelation comes after the Abbott Government re-directed $200 million to the Long Day Care Professional Development Programme, which let child care providers pay for courses delivered by Registered Training Organisations.
“The quality of early education is far too important to be put at risk by dodgy training organisations,” Shadow Minister for Early Childhood, Kate Ellis, said.
“The Government needs to back-up their words with real actions - by making sure that dodgy training providers are shut down, and standards urgently improved.
“They must also reveal how much of their child care training fund has been spent on dodgy qualifications, and what they are going to do about it.”
Shadow Minister for Vocational Education, Sharon Bird, said she was very concerned about the issues identified with training quality and the assessment processes.
“Urgent attention is needed to improve standards and provider regulation.
“It’s incredibly cruel to send students into the workforce with qualifications that are not trusted by employers, and it’s failing employers who need to rely on the standard of qualifications to make sure they get skilled staff.
“But most of all, it risks placing children in the care of workers who might not be trained to the required standard – none of this is in anyway acceptable.”
THURSDAY, 20 AUGUST 2015