Why it’s important for trainers and employers to collaborate on early childhood education training packages

Key groups came together at an event in the Northern Territory last month to discuss early childhood education, specifically the skills and knowledge required to ensure children’s physical and emotional well-being is maintained and their self-sufficiency is nurtured.

Seven registered training organisations (RTOs) and six early childhood educators attended the forum hosted by ISACNT.

Judith McKay and Mel Brenton, Industry Engagement Officers from ISACNT, facilitated the forum with Michael Hall from Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET).

The aim of the event was to validate RTO’s training and assessment strategy for the unit of competency CHCECE003, Provide Care for Children.

In brief, validation relates to having sufficient evidence to judge whether training requirements have been met.

The Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015 was used as a resource to attain a shared understanding on what validation is for both the trainer/assessor and the employer.

The event was well-received by those who attended.

An employer commented: “It was valuable from a director’s view as it gave us a better understanding of what validation is. If more directors attend it would give them the right skills and knowledge when talking with educators about work placements.”

A trainer spoke about the forum providing “a great opportunity for some tangible industry consultation with broader industry, not just our own existing clients.”

If you have some ideas and want to be involved in these types of events for your industry, please get in touch and we would be happy to discuss.