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Commencement of extensions to the Brisbane Kindergarten Teachers' College

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The Minister for Education and Science, the Hon. Nigel Bowen Q.C., M.P., today announced the commencement this month of a project at Brisbane Kindergarten Teachers' College which will enable the College to double its capacity for training pre-school teachers.

In 1968 the Commonwealth Government introduced legislation which provided $2.5 million for the construction and equipping of pre-school teacher training facilities throughout Australia. Of this amount Queensland was allocated $350,000 for buildings,'

furniture and equipment. The new building means that facilities will now be available in Queensland for a greatly increased number of girls to achieve a career in teaching at the pre-school level.

Mr Alan Grant-Taylor, President of the Creche and Kindergarten Association of Queensland, commenting on the Minister's announce-ment, said that the College would aim to double its present enrolment of 180 students and increase the number of graduating

teachers to over 100 ea h year.

As the college develops it will take its place with other teaching training institutions, but specialising as a centre covering the particular needs of early childhood education.

In addition to filling positions in affiliated and other approved community controlled kindergartens, kindergarten trained teachers are needed for work with Aboriginal children, as well as the many services operated by Governments and other agencies concerned with the care and welfare of pre-school children.

In the near future Queensland anticipates a sharp increase in the demand for qualified kindergarten teachers in day nurseries. The need for a substantial increase in this type of service was highlighted by the survey recently conducted by the Commonwealth Department of Labour and National Service, which showed that many married women with pre-school children are employed in industry and commerce. We must expect this need to increase as the demand for labour grows.

23 June, 1970.