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Professional Development for All ECE Staff in Sth Australia on Effective Teaching and Care of Children with Disabilities and From Diverse Ethnic and Linguistic Backgrounds

New grants are to fund professional development across South Australia for teachers to imporve their work with children from diverse backgrounds - indigenous children, children with disability, and ...   

Adelaide, June 2012  - 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 childcare training and support providers in South Australia will receive just over $A13 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 Programme (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 childcare 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 $A350 million to 39 childcare 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 Programme, all Australian Government approved childcare 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 programme 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 Co-ordinators, Indigenous Professional Support Units and Inclusion Support Agencies in 67 regions across Australia.

For more, see newsmaker.com.au.

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