It is often stated that early childhood education is foundational to later educational and life outcomes, yet the early childhood education workforce is somewhat taken for granted and this is particularly the situation regarding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander early childhood teachers.

Note Mentorship Circles project is cancelled due to departure of lead researcher

This project by Southern Cross University in partnership with the MATSITI initiative originally planned to undertake further research into the Indigenous early childhood teacher workforce.

In particular, the project was designed to:

  • survey Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers employed in early childhood services
    identify a representative sample to participate in a model for professional development called, ‘Mentorship Circles’
  • undertake quantitative research (ie. national survey) and qualitative research (from the Mentorship Circles)  to contribute to the existing, but limited research regarding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander early childhood teachers.
  • collate this research as advice for government; employers; providers of professional development
  • provide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander early childhood teachers with relevant resources and activities regarding career satisfaction, sustainability and progression.

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