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The Hon Julie Bishop MP Minister for Education Science and Training Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women’s Issues

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New Report on Early Childhood Qualifications

4 September 2006

The Minister for Education, Science and Training, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, today released a new report that investigated career pathways for people working in the early childhood education and care sector across Australia.

The Pathways to a Profession: Education and training in early childhood education and care, Australia study, was prepared by Dr Louise Watson from the Lifelong Learning Network, University of Canberra.

“High quality education programmes in the early years have been shown to have a profound effect on children’s development, influencing their ability to learn, their acquisition of pre-literacy and numeracy skills and their social development,” Minister Bishop said.

“Given the increased reliance by working parents on childcare, which provides a vital contribution in the early childhood education of children, it is critical that we increase the proportion of teachers in childcare centres with university early childhood education qualifications.”

The report examined the issue of recognition of early childhood qualifications and previous studies between the vocational and technical education sector and the university sector.

It provides valuable information about the range of early childhood education qualifications in Australia across both preschool and child care settings

Findings also identify the barriers, and the innovative models of practice in articulation from vocational and technical education to higher education.

The report is available online at:

Media Contacts: Minister Bishop’s Office: Murray Hansen 0417 886 155 Dept of Education, Science & Training: Media Unit 02 6240 7300