Immigrant-born workers and quality early childhood education and care in the Northern Territory, Australia

Kate Golebiowska, Alicia Boyle, Sophie Pennec, Denise Horvath

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    Abstract

    This paper focuses on the growing immigrant-born population of ECEC workers in the Northern Territory (NT) of Australia, who represent a committed but poorly understood group within this workforce. The recent reforms to the early childhood education and care (ECEC) workforce in Australia aim to achieve high quality ECEC services by (a) growing this workforce size to meet the demand for services; (b) meeting the higher educator-tochildren ratios and; (c) raising the overall level of qualifications of the ECEC workers. By combining the statistical data in an innovative way, this paper shows that even when their growing numbers in this group are combined with newly qualified immigrant-born and Australian-born entrants, the total number of workers may still be too small to fully implement recent reforms. It concludes by identifying data quality issues and future research directions that would help inform and develop a new strategy for the NT ECEC workforce.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)103-121
    Number of pages19
    JournalInternational Journal of Training Research
    Volume16
    Issue number2
    Early online date6 Apr 2018
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2018

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