REMINDER: Have your say before the end of May! National Workforce Strategy
Early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector professionals around Australia have been invited to give their input throughout the month of May, with the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) seeking suggestions and feedback about actions and initiatives that they believe will assist in improving the supply, retention and quality of the sector workforce.
In order for the national workforce strategy to best reflect the needs of the sector, it is important for all stakeholders to participate in “meaningful collective action” ACECQA said.
“It is also important to emphasise that the potential opportunities for collective action are suggestions only at this stage – they are not exhaustive, and require further consideration, discussion and agreement on timescales, roles, responsibilities and implementation. This consultation period will provide valuable feedback to inform that process,” the statement further notes.
To read a summary of the issue, what is being done already, and to learn more about the goal of the national workforce strategy, please see here.
Information sessions about the national workforce strategy were held earlier this month to explain the process involved and the importance of participating and providing feedback and suggestions. Slides from these sessions may be accessed here.
A snapshot of the current state of Australia’s ECEC workforce, including information about supply and demand, may be found here.