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Accreditation roadshow coming for early childhood teachers

Beginning in 2016, early childhood teachers in NSW will finally have the same professional accreditation as school teachers.

This scheme will run under the Board of Studies Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) and will be the first time childhood teachers will have recognition for their qualifications. The accreditation process will measure a teacher’s practice and experience against national standards.

John Quessy, General Secretary from the Independent Education Union said the accreditation finally “recognises their professional qualification and recognises their standards”. He applauded the government’s decision to include early childhood teachers in the accreditation process.

“Early childhood teachers are generally paid 20 per cent less than their counterparts in schools, even though they have the same qualifications and their work is equally important,” Quessy said in a statement. “There is a misconception that they are ‘carers’ not teachers, and this accreditation process will do much to prove the importance and professional standing of their work.”

Quessy also explained that he hoped the move would lead to better pay for early childhood teachers. He mentioned that many teachers in early childhood settings cross over into primary school work because the money is considerably better. “Our view is that teachers are teachers, regardless of where they work,” Quessy said.

The Independent Education Union will roll out a roadshow across NSW to help teachers understand the accreditation process. It will provide practical advice about the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

In November, the roadshow will cover areas including Wyong, Bathurst, Pambula, Nowra, Port Macquarie, Penrith, Coffs Harbour, Lismore, Tweed Heads, Dee Why, Tamworth, Campbelltown, Armidale, Hurstville, North Sydney, Wagga Wagga, Griffith, Bankstown, Deniliquin, Soldiers Point, Albury, Goulburn and Woonona.

For more information, go to: ieu.asn.au

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