Solomon Islands' first cohort of early childhood education program participants recently completed their training from the Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC) in Solomon Islands. The 16 kindergarten teachers commenced studying towards an Australian Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care in July 2014.
This qualification, which is a minimum qualification for early childhood educators in Australia, helps increase the awareness of teachers on the importance of high quality early childhood education and how to work towards achieving such standards.
Participants responded to the program positively, with many, commenting on the detailed content of the curriculum. One of the participants, Sandy Kukuti, shared that the program has really helped her to understand more about children.
"My favourite part of the course was learning about the Australian Early Years Learning Framework, which helps teachers to provide quality early childhood education for pikinini (children)."
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