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Support for Long Day Care in the Long Run

The Workforce Council is renewing its commitment to meeting the needs of the Long Day Care (LDC) sector in the wake of the latest Federal Budget announcements. They are reminding the Education and Care sector that, regardless of the funding announcements, they will continue to provide superior quality practice and leadership development, inclusive practice development and workforce planning tools and workshops for children’s services.

So far, there have been no allocations in the budget for professional support. Since 2004, the federal government has funded a Professional Support Coordinator (PSC) in each state under the Inclusion and Professional Support Program to provide subsidised professional learning for child care and early learning services. In Queensland, Workforce Council has been the PSC – a one stop shop for all services eligible for the Child Care Benefit to access support services across Queensland. This has ensured there is up-to-date, relevant and affordable access to information, support and professional learning for educators across the country, delivering better outcomes for children and families.

The Workforce Council has been a professional, innovative and trusted partner in the critical role of PSC throughout this period. However, with contracts for the PSC program due to expire in June 2016, their role has had to suitably adjust and cater to the Education and Care sector, including LDC, ensuring continued commitment to diverse, flexible and customised professional development services.

The Workforce Council has catered to the needs of the Education and Care sector in its soon-to-be-released professional development calendar. To deliver this expert content, The Workforce Council has gathered an impressive team of experts made up of industry leaders, practitioners, academics, and service providers – in short, the highest quality and most knowledgeable facilitators and presenters. This is a key advantage to educators in accessing the experience of The Workforce Council.

The Workforce Council also has a proven track record in providing and delivering excellent professional development throughout Queensland. With access to over 200 experts ready to work with Education and Care professionals, including LDC, they are leaders in supporting the ECEC sector since 2006, and have been chosen by Government to support the health and community services industry and deliver workforce development since 1992.

To find out more and to register for upcoming events, workshops, or professional development, please go to The Workforce Council’s events page, www.workforce.org.au/events-workshops/ or call their Advice and Support Line on 1800 112 585.