Early childhood educators and carers in South Australia will be able to help all children, regardless of where they live or their background, to get the highest quality care thanks to new Australian Government grants that encourage inclusion for all children and provide professional development.
Four* child care training and support providers in South Australia will receive just over $13 million in Australian Government grants announced by Minister for Early Childhood Education and Child Care Kate Ellis today to deliver the Inclusion and Professional Support Program (IPSP) from the start of 2013.
“For a range of reasons including language and cultural differences or disability, it’s not always easy to ensure all of the children in a child care service are being included in a way which supports their social and educational development,” Ms Ellis said.
“That’s why the Australian Government is providing $350 million to 39 child care training organisations across the country to help child care staff learn even more about how to support these children and give them the best start in life.
“With Inclusion and Professional Support Program, all Australian Government approved child care services — regardless of location — can get professional development for staff so they can better support all the children in their care, particularly those with extra needs.
“A focus of the program is ensuring children from diverse backgrounds, including Indigenous children, children with disability and children from culturally and linguistically diverse background get the most out of, and enjoy their time in childcare.”
IPSP is delivered by Professional Support Coordinators, Indigenous Professional Support Units and Inclusion Support Agencies in 67 regions across Australia.
Ms Ellis congratulated the successful South Australian providers on winning grant funding.
“The organisations in SA can be very proud that they have been successful in this national process because of the high level of care and the commitment they show to local children and their families,” Ms Ellis said.
“The Australian Government ran a rigorous, national selection process, which attracted over 230 applications. Because of the competitive selection process, we have a good mix of providers that will ensure stability and quality for the early childhood education and care sector.
“The Inclusion and Professional Support Program will also help services to meet the requirements of the National Quality Framework we introduced this year to ensure nationally consistent, high-quality care for all children.”
A full list of successful providers and more information is available at: www.deewr.gov.au/earlychildhood/IPSPapplications