Catholic schools expand into early learning
Catholic school employers are looking at new ways of securing enrolments in schools by opening early childhood centres on school grounds. Parramatta, Broken Bay and Newcastle dioceses have established a number of early childhood services, many of them located on or adjacent to school grounds. The new St Therese Catholic Preschool and Long Day Care Centre at Sadleir in Sydney’s west, is the first of a number of centres planned for the Archdiocese of Sydney.
Staff at these services are not paid the same as school employees, with many teachers being employed on the modern award. IEUA NSW/ACT Branch is currently organising these centres and having discussions at diocesan level on the employment conditions of these staff.
Changing life trajectories
Report two of the Changing the Life Trajectories of Australia’s Most Vulnerable Children provides an initial assessment of the impact of the first 12 months in the Early Years Education Program (EYEP) on children and their primary caregivers.
The findings on outcomes after the first 12 months of the EYEP trial are that the program had a quite large (but only marginally significant) impact on children’s IQ, with most of this impact being on boys. No significant impact on other outcomes for children or their primary caregivers was detected.
The report describes the outcomes as encouraging but not conclusive. Details: https://fbe.unimelb.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/2781248/EYERP-Report-2-web.pdf