Early childhood listening tour underway in NSW
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Listening tour commences to hear from early childhood services across NSW

by Freya Lucas

September 11, 2023

The New South Wales Department of Education has commenced an ‘On the Road’ listening tour to learn more about the key issues being faced by the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector across the state. 


As well as giving the Department an opportunity to learn more about the issues facing the sector, the tour offers the Department an opportunity to provide key information on programs and regulatory matters, and hear from the ECEC workforce.


Registrations are now open for ten free On the Road sessions across Sydney and regional NSW, with sessions filling quickly:


Dubbo – 12 September

Bourke – 13 September

Moree – 14 September

Tamworth – 10 October

Port Macquarie – 11 October

Lismore – 12 October

Nowra – 16 October

Cessnock – 18 October

Fairfield – 19 October


The On the Road sessions follow ECE Connect Online in June, which involved more than 10,000 ECEC professionals attending webinar sessions including wellbeing in the workforce, self-assessment, allergen management, safe sleep procedures, and safe transportation of children.


Additional webinars will be held in November 2023 to ensure that these events are accessible for all teachers and educators.


“ECE Connect is a great opportunity for the department to connect with the sector and to hear about the issues that are most important to them,” said the Department of Education’s Secretary Murat Dizdar.


“Our return to face-to-face engagement this year has been long awaited and demonstrates our commitment to listening and learning from teachers and educators.”


For Acting Deputy Secretary for Early Childhood Outcomes Mark Barraket, ECE Connect is an opportunity to build on the success of the sector to ensure every child gets the best start in life by working together as a community dedicated to early learning.


“We are grateful for the work teachers and educators do every day to support children as they make their start in life and learning and are committed to uplifting the sector and driving meaningful change.”


The department has planned more face-to-face visits across the state in 2024.


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