The learning and development opportunities needed in 2024
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The learning and development opportunities early educators need in 2024

by Queensland Childcare Services General Manager Laura Faalili

April 05, 2024

As the General Manager of Queensland Childcare Services (QCCS) I have witnessed first-hand the impact that dedicated educators can have on the lives of young children.


It’s as rewarding as it is complex. Our work extends far beyond mere supervision; we’re entrusted with nurturing the minds and hearts of the next generation, navigating their growth and development with care and expertise.


Professional development lies at the heart of our mission at QCCS. It’s not just about ticking boxes or collecting certificates; it’s about empowering our educators with the knowledge, skills, and confidence they need to provide exceptional care and education for young children.


Early education centres that dedicate time and resources to their educators’ professional growth are better equipped to meet the ever-changing needs of children and families. So, in an ever-evolving landscape of early childhood education, investing in the continuous learning of our staff is not just beneficial – it’s imperative.


But what does professional development actually look like?


At QCCS we view professional development as a pathway to leadership within the sector. By engaging in continuous learning, educators can enhance their leadership abilities, enabling them to mentor and inspire others within the industry.


Our commitment to professional development looks like our own Early Childhood Training Organisation, the Australian Institute of Early Childhood Studies (AIECS), which delivers hands-on training in numerous nationally recognised qualifications in early childhood. These include a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education Care. Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, Advanced Diploma of Community Sector, and Food handling.


The good news is professional development opportunities abound for early educators. Here are some key learning and development opportunities that educators should focus on:


Qualifications and accreditation: The foundation of any educator’s career is built upon recognised experience, qualifications, and accreditation. Through providing education, support and time to complete them, we can ensure our employees are equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to excel in their roles. It also provides a further sense of ownership and accomplishment within their work.


Specialised training: In addition to foundational qualifications, educators should seek out specialised training opportunities to deepen their expertise in specific areas. For example, courses in child educators’ ability to meet the diverse needs of children in their care.


Professional development workshops: Regular participation in professional development workshops is essential for staying ahead of industry trends and best practices. Through offering monthly centre director meetings and regular training sessions, we can ensure our employees are up to date with the latest developments in early childhood education.


Online learning opportunities: Recognising the busy schedules of educators, it’s important to offer flexible learning opportunities such as online training courses. This allows them to upskill at their own pace, fitting learning around their work and personal commitments.


As we look towards the future, it’s important to know just how much of a role education plays in shaping the next generation. By embracing learning development opportunities, educators can equip themselves with the skills and knowledge they need to provide exceptional care and education for young children.


By remaining committed to supporting our educators every step of the way, we can ensure they have access to the resources and training necessary to thrive in their roles. And together as an industry, we can create a brighter future for Australia’s children—one filled with boundless opportunities for growth and learning.


After all, Australia’s future will be shaped by the support we provide for our children’s development today.

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