Early Childhood Sector
In October 2014 legislative amendments were passed to enable teachers working in early childhood centres to be accredited. The Quality Teaching Council (at its February meeting) approved a scoping paper for policy to support this significant transition. The IEU has long lobbied as part of its ‘Teachers R Teachers’ campaign, to have ECS teachers eligible to become accredited with the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES).
The Union’s ECS Council considered the scoping paper at its meeting of the 27 February and grappled with the obvious concerns:
Who would be the Teacher Accreditation Authority as ECS workplaces are significantly different to schools and often only one teacher is employed?
The National Professional Standards for Teachers do not describe the work of teachers in ECS workplaces.
These issues are not insurmountable and with the assistance of the IEU ECS council and IEU representation on the committee established by BOSTES, policy will be developed which supports teachers.