Child Care Industry News February 2, 2016 -®
Child Care Industry News
February 2, 2016
Welcome to our first issue of Child Care Industry News for 2016. After the lovely long summer break we are looking forward to another great year here at This week learn about new early childhood teacher accreditation in NSW and meet our first early childhood superstar for the year Lorna Savage.
NSW Early Childhood Teachers to be accredited
Early childhood teachers in NSW are to be accredited in a similar fashion to their peers in schools in a move the minister says will further recognise them as professionals.

The NSW Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli announced the change and said it's about ensuring all NSW teachers are up to standard.

"Accrediting all teachers, from early childhood through to high school, is a key factor in our efforts to build on the expertise in the profession.

NSW accredited teachers not only have the recognised qualifications, they also agree to ongoing training to improve their teaching and, as a result, outcomes for their students," said Mr Piccoli.

Mr Piccoli also said the decision to accredit early childhood teachers was made in consultation with the sector.

To be eligible for accreditation an early childhood teacher will need to provide evidence of approved qualifications, two forms of identification and a current Working with Children clearance.

While this move is currently restricted to early childhood professionals in NSW it will be interesting to see whether other states/territories follow suit.
Early childhood professionals
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Child care person in the spotlight
Lorna Savage
What is your name? Which service do you work in? How many staff and children are in your service?

My Name is Lorna Savage and I work for SDN Children's Services, a not-for-profit organisation that's been providing care, support and education to children and families since 1905. I am the manager of SDN Early Childhood Links, Northern Sydney, which offers a transdisciplinary service for children aged 0-8 with a disability or developmental delay.

Our team is staffed by early childhood teachers, social workers, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and psychologists and each family has one staff member assigned as their keyworker.

The keyworker acts as a primary contact between the team and the family and their role includes setting goals with the family, coordinating the different services that are supporting the family, providing therapeutic strategies to build the skills of key people who are in the child's life and supporting the family so that they know the rights of their child and can advocate for them.

Our team promotes inclusion for children with disabilities and supports children to access and participate in everyday routines and activities across a range of environments within their community, for example at home, day care or school.
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