A new $4.7 million early childhood education and care facility at TAFE NSW St Leonards will help the NSW Government deliver the 7,000 new childcare and child education workers the State is expected to require over the next three years.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Assistant Minister for Skills Adam Marshall visited the campus to meet with students, staff and children and see the new facilities, which include a real-life childcare centre, in action.
“We are responding to increasing demand for child care and education by investing millions to train our students so they can complete their early childhood education and care studies at a significantly reduced cost,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“This Government understands alleviating pressures on working families is key to quality of life, and we are committed to supporting our families by skilling the workforce we need to care for and educate our children.
“By investing $4.7 million to create state-of-the-art facilities at TAFE NSW St Leonards we are able to provide students with a simulated workplace to hone their skills and provide education and care to young members of the community.”
Students studying a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care at TAFE NSW are eligible for generous financial support from the NSW Government which covers approximately 75 per cent of course fees. This represents a $5,000 saving to students.
Mr Marshall said TAFE NSW was continuing to provide NSW with the skilled workforce it needs and was encouraged by steady enrolment growth in TAFE’s Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.
“Between 2016 and 2017, enrolments increased 6 per cent, and compared to this time last year, enrolments in this area are up by approximately 3 per cent demonstrating the stead demand there is for these key qualifications.
“This Government has undertaken once-in-a-generation reforms to TAFE NSW to strengthen and modernise it for the future, and strong enrolment growth in key trades like carpentry and plumbing, as well as services such as early childhood education and care, shows these efforts are paying off.”