The Industry Shaping the NT’s Future Population

Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) is a key sector in the Northern Territory (NT). The sector provides an opportunity for young children to be educated almost as soon as they are born. The learning experiences that the ECEC sector brings to young children is essential as it helps in the development of cognitive, language, and communication skills. The ECEC sector also improves general knowledge and social competence in children before the commencement of primary school. Children not participating in ECEC services at times are likely to experience early disadvantages often with long-term challenges. Studies have also shown that this early disadvantage is further amplified when children have English as a second or third language.

The NT already has a well-developed ECEC sector, with providers in all regions. However, not all regions, have the same availability of ECEC services due to the remote nature of the NT. There is also the challenge of being culturally appropriate when catering for the NT’s multicultural population. The NT, consequently, is confronted with unique barriers to ensure all children receive the same opportunities in terms of access to ECEC services. Due to this situation, Industry Skills Advisory Council Northern Territory (ISACNT) plans to undertake a study into the NT’s ECEC sector to determine the state of the industry. The research will focus on strength and pressure points the industry is facing in the different NT regions. It further will take a workforce perspective to examine what qualification and experience the ECEC workforce hold. Lastly, the study will seek to determine the overall inflow of workforce needed in the coming years and if the NT has enough people finishing higher education or vocational education and training to enter the ECEC workforce.

Any interested stakeholder is encouraged to contact ISACNT’s Research and Project Team via email or phone to participate in the research.

Matthew Abunyewah or Phone 08 8967 1592.

Bettina Blackwood or Phone 08 8967 1594.

Jevon Bangar or Phone 08 7913 7512.