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Investing in early childhood through at-school training

Fifteen Year 11 students from Darwin and Palmerston will have the opportunity to complete a nationally recognised Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care while still at school.

NT Minister for Education Eva Lawler launched the Early Years Rewarding Careers campaign, an initiative that provides students with employment opportunities in the rapidly growing early childhood education and care sector.

“We want local kids to get local jobs, and stay in the Territory. By offering this program to Northern Territory students, we are developing a local early childhood workforce from a grassroots level,” Ms Lawler said.

“We believe that growing and supporting a professional, capable and skilled local early childhood workforce has beneficial impacts for the children, families and communities they work with.”

The Early Years Rewarding Careers program will commence in 2018, with students completing work placements in early childhood education and care services to gain hands-on experience before they enter the workforce.

“I am very pleased to launch this program in Children’s Week 2017, with 2017’s theme of children accessing and participating in education to develop their potential.” Ms Lawler said.

“Birth to five years is a key learning time for children, that is why we are investing in our early educators and place children at the heart of our decision making process.

“We want to build upon our current early childhood education and care system so that it is sustainable, accountable, connected and rewarding.”

Early childhood educator, Jackie Bradshaw is the Manager of the Palmerston Child and Family Centre and features in the Early Years Rewarding Careers: The Essential Guide.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for Year 11 students to help shape future generations, I encourage them to get involved and consider a career in early childhood education and care,” she said.

“It was the best decision I’ve ever made, I still enjoy it twenty years down the track, I am learning every day and feel inspired to continue to learn.”

Source: NT Government

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