Early childhood education teachers survey seeks input on national policy
Early Childhood education teachers are being encouraged to participate in a University of Sydney survey examining the efficacy of early childhood education teacher registration in Australia.
The survey was prompted after a 2018 AITSL review of teacher registration found an under-representation of early childhood education teachers.
IEUA-QNT Senior Industrial Officer John Spriggs said participating in the survey meant the experiences of early childhood education teachers would be considered and help inform national policy in this area.
“This survey is an avenue to express views, opinions and lived experiences of early childhood education teachers when it comes to professional registration, professional development, personal wellbeing and the capacity to provide quality early childhood education,” John said.
“The survey responses will be used in publications and conference presentations to inform developing national policy on the registration of early childhood education teachers, and it is essential these decisions are made based on the experiences of early childhood education teachers.”
The national teacher registration review commenced in February 2018 with the purpose of assessing the effectiveness of the current regulatory system and the extent to which there is consistency within, and between jurisdictions, in the way the National Framework for Teacher Registration is applied.
The review’s findings reflect that although a majority of early childhood education teachers are registered, some jurisdictions only register early childhood education teachers employed in school settings.
“This means some early childhood teachers are not part of the registered profession of teaching,” the report stated.
“This important cohort of the teaching profession is currently, inconsistently recognised.”
The review heard strong support for teacher registration to be extended to early childhood education teachers in all settings, across all jurisdictions.
The survey is open to all early childhood education teachers in Australia who work with children in the birth-five years age group.
The survey is open until late November and can be accessed by clicking here.