New South Wales early childhood teachers are now required to have their qualifications accredited similar with their peers in primary and secondary schools.
This is good news as finally early childhood educators are being recognized as the professionals they are. The Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli said, “the NSW Government is recognising that early childhood teachers are professionals – they are university trained, passionate about children, and dedicated to educational development.”
In addition, the minister said that the accreditation of educators of all levels is key to the government’s efforts to “build on the expertise in the profession.”
If you do not know how to have yourself accredited as a teacher in NSW, visit the Board of Studies Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES) website.
So who needs an accreditation?
Educators who have the following characteristics need to register for accreditation:
- Anyone currently employed in an approved early childhood education and care service as a full time, part time or casual employee.
- They should have an early childhood teaching qualification recognized and approved by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority or (ACECQA).
- They should deliver and assess against the Early Years Learning Framework.
Teacher aides, educational supports and other school staff who does not have the approved early childhood qualifications are not included.
What are the steps?
Complete the 10-step accreditation process by registering online.
You need to have a valid email address to do this and some patience to answer the form. It’s really simple and straightforward. Click save and exit when you are done.
Register through this portal here.
Prepare the documents below for submission to BOSTES.
- Certified copies of your ACECQA approved or recognized teacher qualification (signed by the Justice of the Peace).
- Two certified copies of identification. These can be your birth certificate, passport or driver’s licence.
- Evidence of a current working with Children Check clearance
- A Statement of Service from your employer. The letter should state that you are employed as an early childhood educator. It should also be printed with school letterhead.
Send the following documents to:
BOSTES Early Childhood Teacher Accreditation
PO BOX A976
SYDNEY SOUTH NSW 1235
Wait for an email from BOSTES to confirm your registration for accreditation.
Pay your annual accreditation fee of $100. The fee is tax deductible and GST free. Payment can be made online, by phone or by cheque.
Note that educators should be accredited by 3rd term, before 18 July 2016.
Educators who are accredited as Proficient Teacher needs to have 100 hours of professional development over five years and demonstrate that one’s teaching practice meets the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.
Once registered online, educators should access their accounts regularly and change details like change in name, address, and school employer accordingly.
Minister for Early Childhood Education, Leslie Williams believes that “accreditation of early childhood teachers will ensure that teachers maintain high evidence of approved qualifications and as a result, young receptive minds will benefit.”
The changes in NSWs early childhood industry came after several researches and in close consultation with the early childhood sector.
Special thanks to ABC.net for the main image.