Early childhood teachers in NSW will be accredited to ensure they meet the same high standards as all teachers across the state.
Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli said the accreditation recognises the important contribution early childhood teachers make to the education sector and will assist in further developing expertise within the profession.
“NSW accredited teachers not only have the recognised qualifications, they also agree to ongoing training to improve their teaching and, as a result, outcomes for their students”, Mr Piccoli said.
The policy aims to maintain standards of teaching practice fromearly childhood through to high school,and has been developed in close consultation with the early childhood sector.
To be eligible for accreditation early childhood teachers will need to provide evidence of approved qualifications, identification and a current Working with Children Check clearance.
Information kits will be distributed to early childhood teachers and services with details on the accreditation process.
Find out more at the Teaching and Educational Standards NSWwebsite.