Australia National Anthem “Advance Australia Fair” Australians all let us rejoice For we are young and freeWeve golden soil and wealth for toil, Our home is girt by sea: Our land abounds in natures gifts Of beauty rich and rare, In historys page let every stage Advance Australia fair, In joyful strains then let us sing Advance Australia fair. Beneath our radiant Southern Cross, Well toil with hearts and hands,To make this Commonwealth of ours Renowned of all the lands,For those whove come across the seas Weve boundless plains to share, With courage let us all combine To advance Australia fair. In joyful strains then let us sing, Advance Australia fair.
ORIENTATIONThe name Australia came from the Latin Terra Australis Incognita, which isknown as (“the unknown south land”) in 1814.In 1817 the name was approved by the British Governor of the colony of New SouthWales.The nickname “Aussie” refer to people who were born in Australiaand off British or Irish ancestry, the use of the name began throughout WorldWar1.“Aussie” is describe has happy-go-lucky people who are able to handlehard times.
LOCATION AND GEORGRAHYAustralia is the sixth largest country in the world.It is also the largest island located in Southern Hemisphere, between the Indian Ocean.Australia consists of six states, Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria, South Wales and Queensland and 2 territories, Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory.The majority of the population lives in urban areas culturally diverse they have a very skilled workforce system with a strong economy.SCHOOLING SYSTEMAustralia schooling start at kindergarten or preparatory year, this includes 12 years of primary and secondary schooling.Australia is well-know, worldwide for having the highest education system. Their futures rely on high qualityand dynamic foundational skills, values, knowledge and understanding required for lifelong learning, and involvement in society.
The Governor has made an agenda for early childhood education which to concentrate on:Providing families with high-quality, accessible, affordable integrated earlyChildhood education and childcare. This is in motion to ensure all children areCompletely prepared for learning and life
Approved Care: Care provided by long day care, home childcare, outside school hours care and occasional care services approved by Australian Government to receive Child Care benefit on behalf of families.Child Care Benefit (CCB): A payment made by Australian Government to families to assist with the cost of child care.Long Daycare: Is the most significant type of government-supported and regulated child care in AustraliaLong Daycare includes:Family DaycareOccasional CareOutside School House CareMultifunctional ServicesMultifunctional Aboriginal Services
Three Distinct Types of Long Daycare Providers:Community-based long day care centers:All non-profitedOffers highest quality daycareIndependent Private Centers:Profits small businessesSimilar to community based centersCorporate Chains:Profits publicly listed corporationsOffers lowest quality careMarked lower than community-based daycare centers
Established philosophies for Children, Families, Staff and the Community
Children:- Childhood will be respected.- Explore natural atmosphere- Children have a voice which is valued, heard and responsive with reciprocal communication.- Fun and play- To feel safe and secure.Families:- Are diverse and are invited to share and commemorate their culture and values.- Support and Communication- Right to equity, privacy and confidentiality
Staff:- Believe in positive and effective work relations- Are valued partners in teaching- Work collaboratively to achieve best practice.- Respect and acknowledgement of the vital role of families in raising children.Community: - Consists of diverse special talents which can enhance the curriculum and services offered to children, families and staff.- Benefits positive, active contributors to their society.
- The cost is covered through a combination of public funds, family contribution and in rare cases employer contributions.- Government funding methods emphasis on affordable measures for low income families.
How the Australian government contributes to Early ChildhoodEducation:1. Operational Funding:Government pays a portion to child care services to reduce cost for parents.2. Fee Subsidies:Families receive a government contribution to reduce their cost. The fee maybe paid directly to the service on behalf of the family.3. Tax Relief:Government provides an income tax reduction. This case the money goes to the families rather than the Early Child Care Service Provider.
To work as a qualified childcare worker in Australia you need have as minimum a diploma of children’s services or one of the following approved Early Childhood Qualifications:Diploma of Montessori studiesDiploma of teaching (primary early childhood or Early childhood education)Diploma of community services children’s servicesAdvanced Diploma Montessori studies or Early Childhood EducationAdvanced Certificate in child care (2 years)Bachelor or Early Childhood EducationBachelor of teaching (Early childhood)Graduate diploma in educationAssociate diploma of childcareAssociate diploma or education (Early Childhood)
The following information will assist you further in determining Qualifications requirements :Approved Early Childhood QualificationsAssessing Australia QualificationsAssessing overseas QualificationsGaining approved QualificationsUp skilling Existing Staff
Types of Childcare Settings:Infants: 0-18 Toddlers: 18 months 2 ½ Preschool: 2 ½School Age: 6 years – 12 years Ontario provides licensed home setting and child care centres.Home Childcare: can have no more than five unrelated children and maybe of different ages run by independent operators or by a license agency.Nursery schools: Offers learning experience either in the morning or in theafternoon.After-School and Recreation Care: Unlicensed programs for children aged6 to 12, offered by parks, forestry and recreationFamily Resource Program: Offers a range of services that support parentsand caregivers. (Toy lending, resources and workshops).
ECE Job Titles:Preschool teacherDaycare workerNursery school teacherRegister Early Childhood EducatorFunding:- Child Subsidy - Ontario Childcare Supplement for working families- Ontario Child Benefits - Canada Child Tax BenefitRoles in Care for and Educating Young Children:Meet children basic needsEncourage children to develop in all aspectsInvolve the community and families.Knowledge about the DNA and city of Toronto criteriaOther Facts:About 300,000 individuals mostly women work with young children. 3% are only men.Average Hourly wage is approximately $12.00.
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