Teachers for childcare
NEW industry standards concerning full-time early childhood teachers is a positive step forward, according to Freckles Kindy and Learning Centre director Jennifer Tranby-Hunter.
From 2014, childcare centres across Australia will have to employ a full-time early childhood teacher.
In New South Wales there is already a requirement for childcare centres to employ such a teacher if the centre has more than 30 children.
Ms Tranby-Hunter said Freckles, at Tweed Heads, had three early childhood teachers and believed they provided a high quality of education.
“Having an early childhood teacher at the centre means the children are exposed to a highly developed program,” Ms Tranby-Hunter said.
“There is a certain level of maturity that comes with teachers who have pursued that level of education.
"They come from a place of research and passion.
“I think these new reforms are absolutely wonderful and it is a shame they think 25 children do not deserve the same level of education.”
Ms Tranby-Hunter said centres may face staffing shortages once the new standards come into play.
“Early childhood is hard work unless you are committed and passionate.
"You do the same amount of money and pay the same HECS, but you receive less income,” she said.
“It took me eight months to find a replacement for one of our teachers who went on maternity leave.
“If this continues there are going to be staffing shortages.”