The Federal Government has released a new assessment tool and announced a new team of trained assessors to help childhood educators get better qualifications faster.


Federal Minister for Early Childhood Peter Garrett said the tools would allow the Government to better understand the needs of the sector.


“The national assessment process allows educators who have extensive experience in the industry, but lack formal qualifications, to have their skills recognised,” Mr Garrett said.


“New assessment tools, developed for Certificate III, Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Children’s services, will ensure a nationally consistent approach to Recognition of Prior Learning assessments and will make the assessment process clearer and more user-friendly.” 


Grants of up to $1125 are available for existing early childhood educators in rural and remote areas to travel to undertake a Recognition of Prior Learning assessment, and early childhood services can also arrange for a trained assessor to complete assessments on their staff.