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Listening tour begins with early learning sector

NSW Department of Education 2 mins read

8 September, 2023


The NSW Department of Education has hit the road to listen and learn from early childhood education services across the state.

ECE Connect is a revitalised approach to engaging with the sector, to discuss the key issues, provide key information on programs and regulatory matters and hear from the vibrant and diverse early childhood education and care workforce.

Registrations are now open for ten free On the Road sessions across Sydney and regional NSW, with sessions filling quickly:

  •        Blacktown - 7 September
  •        Dubbo - 12 September
  •        Bourke - 13 September
  •        Moree – 14 September
  •        Tamworth – 10 October 
  •        Port Macquarie – 11 October 
  •        Lismore – 12 October 
  •        Nowra – 16 October
  •        Cessnock – 18 October
  •        Fairfield – 19 October 

The On the Road sessions follow ECE Connect Online in June, which involved more than 10,000 early childhood education and care professionals attending webinar sessions including wellbeing in the workforce, self-assessment, allergen management, safe sleep procedures and safe transportation of children.

Additional webinars will be held in November 2023 to ensure that these events are accessible for all teachers and educators.

The department has planned more face-to-face visits across the state in 2024.

The Department of Education’s Secretary Murat Dizdar said:

“Quality early childhood education and care sets children up for success in life and learning before they step through the gates of our public schools.

“ECE Connect is a great opportunity for the department to connect with the sector and to hear about the issues that are most important to them.

“Our return to face-to-face engagement this year has been long awaited and demonstrates our commitment to listening and learning from teachers and educators.”

The Acting Deputy Secretary for Early Childhood Outcomes Mark Barraket said:

“The early childhood education and care sector makes such an important contribution to the lifelong learning journey and outcomes for children and families.

“ECE Connect is an opportunity to build on the success of the sector to ensure every child gets the best start in life by working together as a community dedicated to early learning.

“We are grateful for the work teachers and educators do every day to support children as they make their start in life and learning and are committed to uplifting the sector and driving meaningful change.”

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