Training for early childhood education and care in Australia, 2015

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The Productivity Commission’s 2011 research report, Early Childhood Development Workforce, raised concerns about the quality of vocational education and training (VET) and assessment within the sector. This strategic review is a response to these concerns.

The report makes 10 recommendations. ASQA will continue to prioritise the regulation of RTOs offering early childhood education and care training.

Review of the Training and Education Training Package

In April 2016, a revised Training and Education training package was released.

The new TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment introduced higher standards for trainer and assessors across the VET workforce. It includes an additional core unit on the development of effective assessment tools (design and develop assessment tools). The additional unit aims to ensure that:

  • trainers and assessors have a greater depth of knowledge about good assessment tools; and
  • students graduating from VET courses will be more effectively assessed as having the necessary skills and knowledge to do the job.
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