North Coast TAFE childcare student Renee Kappos with Lynden Laurie.
North Coast TAFE childcare student Renee Kappos with Lynden Laurie.

Boost in number of Tweed childcare workers

NORTH Coast TAFE'S Kingscliff campus should see an increase in childcare workers starting this month. after the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations has in launching a new initiative called the Rural and Remote Education strategy in order to boost the number of qualified childcare workers.

North Coast TAFE'S Kingscliff Campus is fully supporting the new strategy and has added a special summer school course for people in the Tweed region who want to start a career in childcare.

The TAFE'S Chief Education Officer Dr David Short spoke welcomes the move to boost skilled childcare worker numbers and spoke of the importance of these qualifications.

"Not only will there be a steadily increasing demand for skilled childcare workers, but also high quality early childhood education is one of the key focuses of this recent announcement," said Dr Short.

"Anyone looking for work in early childhood education needs both a qualification and actual workplace experience."

"For those people who can't wait to get a head start to their career, this fast tracked course could not come at a better time."

Adrian Piccoli, New South Wales Minister for Education and Communications said the government was kicking in with funding for the project over the next four years.

"Four million over four years will be allocated to rural and remote preschools to improve access for hard to reach children through transport options and other outreach initiatives," Mr Piccoli said.



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