A child centered education (CCE) programme for young people in a disadvantaged area has been described as a “game changer” and could be a model for other communities.
But it’s been criticised by the charity’s director of policy, Richard Farrar, who said it could have the opposite effect.
“It could be disastrous,” Mr Farram said.
“Children are so insecure about their learning and they don’t really know how to deal with it in their community.”
We’re talking about people who are just barely managing to keep their heads above water.
“It’s a game changer in terms of the level of social investment, but it can also have a huge negative impact.”
Children and young people from low-income backgrounds, who are more likely to have low levels of literacy, numeracy and numeracy skills, often struggle with the learning curve.
“There’s a very real risk that some children will be left behind,” Mr Flarram told 7.30.
“The challenge is that it’s so early in the game, but I think it could be the beginning of a very positive change in early childhood education in the next decade.”
What is early childhood?
Early childhood education is the primary education for children and young Australians aged six to 18.
It’s also known as pre-school, pre-adolescent and after-school.
The program is delivered by the Department of Education.
In its most basic form, it involves young people spending up to two hours a day in class, or studying in group settings.
In the early years, the focus is on literacy, but later in the year, students can also learn to read and write.
“We’ve found that for young children, who tend to be very disadvantaged, the literacy and numerate skills are really lacking,” Mr Gannon said.
Photo: Michelle Smith “It’s not just about the learning that young people need to have, it’s about their social and emotional development.”
Children’s studies teacher Sally Jones said the early education programme in South Australia’s Gippsland region was “a huge game changter”.
“It was the first place where we saw this sort of program, we had kids coming from the disadvantaged areas, and the children had access to all these things, including reading and numeracies,” she said.
“[The program] had a very strong social element to it, where the kids would sit together in a class, they’d get together with the other children and talk about the problems they were facing and learn from each other.”
I think this really brought in young people, particularly in Gipp’sland, that the language barrier was something that was preventing them from being able to learn.
“What’s so great about this is that they can learn to do this, they can do this in their class.”
“I think there’s a huge opportunity here for young learners.”
What do early childhood educators do?
Early education is delivered through a combination of social and academic supports, which include lessons on reading and writing, numeracies, literacy, social skills and skills for parents and young children.
“In the early days, there were a lot of resources available in Gifford Park, but that was not really sustainable,” Mr Jones said.
She said early education teachers were trained in early literacy, as well as numeracy, but often struggled to address social and educational barriers.
“I do think early education needs to change because there’s so many social and cultural barriers in the early childhood, especially when it comes to early language development,” Ms Jones said, adding that there were “issues” around access to early learning programs in disadvantaged communities.
The first day of class for a six-year-old.
Ms Jones has worked with the Department for Education and the Department’s Early Childhood Policy Development, but said her experience of working with the program had been “a little bit challenging”. “
But it’s a really important component, not just for the students, but also for the families.”
Ms Jones has worked with the Department for Education and the Department’s Early Childhood Policy Development, but said her experience of working with the program had been “a little bit challenging”.
“I was in a position where the school had to have an extra teacher because of the budget cuts,” she told 7 to 9.
“And I felt that I was a bit left out of the loop.”
The early childhood policy is currently being piloted in six other state and territory areas.
“What we’ve done, is we’ve had a little bit of discussion with the state education department and the state government about what we need to do, and what we think the best way forward is,” Ms Gannon told 7 News.
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