The early childhood education and care (ECEC) workforce are at the heart of Victoria’s education system. Due to the range and scale of the Best Start, Best Life (BSBL) reforms, including funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten and the introduction of Pre-Prep, it is important to recognise, develop and support the existing workforce.
The Victorian Government has invested over $6 million as part of the BSBL reforms, to deliver a range of targeted professional development supports to early career teachers and educators when they need it most – in their first 5 years of work.
Beginning Teacher Conferences
Beginning Teacher Conferences (BTC) support provisionally registered teachers’ induction into the Victorian early childhood sector, strengthen their professional practice and support them to develop knowledge and understanding of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, the National Quality Standard and the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF).
The conferences also provide an opportunity for early childhood teachers in the beginning stages of their career to build professional networks with peers.
The 2024 BTC series will feature 6 conferences, 3 virtual and 3 in-person. The conferences will focus on practical concepts and ideas for additional needs and challenging behaviours and feature facilitated deep dive discussions.
Once available, 2024 dates and registrations can be found here https://www.supportingecteachersvic.com.au/s/beginning-teachers.
Professional development to support and develop your practice and build your professional identity
The End-to-End Career Supports Program is a great option for early career teachers and educators interested in receiving individualised one-on-one coaching or joining a Community of Practice (CoP). It allows you to explore problems of practice and meet other early childhood professionals.
This program enables teachers and educators in the first 5 years of their career to access an online learning portal, along with the wraparound supports outlined below.
Receive individualised one-on-one coaching to support you in the early stages of your career. Coaching participants will receive up to 9.5 hours of individualised/tailored coaching from experienced early childhood coaches.
The independent coaches are not only qualified teachers, but also seasoned professionals with over 5 years of experience in the teaching profession. They bring to the table a wealth of practical knowledge and actionable strategies to support you in your professional journey.
Communities of Practice (CoP)
Held over 18 months, these CoP are for teachers in the second to fifth year of their careers. A CoP is a collective of professionals who come together due to a shared concern, common problems, or interest in a particular subject.
CoPs nurture both individual and collective goals, leading to/towards high-quality practices in sync with the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF).
Up to 10 early childhood professionals will meet virtually with a facilitator over four x 2-hour sessions. Sessions are staggered across the year depending on demand.
Topics to be covered are listed below:
Once a teacher or educator has been through either coaching or CoP, they become eligible to attend the End-to-End Alumni Conference. The Conference is held once a year and focuses on advanced theory and practice. It is also a celebration of their first years as an early childhood professional.
To register your interest in this program, visit the supplier Semann and Slattery’s website.