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The NSW Department of Education's Aboriginal Families as Teachers program aims to strengthen the ability of Aboriginal families to build a rich home learning environment. This supports active participation in early childhood education. Through working directly with families and collaborating with early childhood education services, the Aboriginal Families as Teachers program has been developed to encourage early learning and participation in a quality early childhood education program in the years before school.

Community based not-for-profit organisations and local councils with links to local early childhood education services and experience working with Aboriginal families, and with children aged 0-5, are encouraged to apply.

The program has five core objectives:

  • support Aboriginal families to provide developmentally rich home learning environments for young children birth to five years
  • promote literacy and numeracy rich home learning environments
  • build families’ confidence in their ability to support the healthy development and learning of their children
  • support Aboriginal children and their families for successful transitions to school
  • promote the importance of early childhood education within families and communities, including participation in a quality early childhood education program for 600 hours in the year before school (at a minimum).

To be eligible to apply for the Aboriginal Families as Teachers program, organisations must meet the following criteria:

  • be a not-for-profit organisation or local government entity or body
  • have the program activities developed by a certificate III or diploma qualified early childhood educator, early childhood education teacher, or other person with a relevant tertiary qualification.

Organisations will also be assessed against the following assessment criteria:

  • previous experience working with Aboriginal families and communities
  • previous experience working with families with children aged 0-5
  • established links with early childhood education providers in the community in which the program is proposed

Applications close: 11 May 2018.

More information and application

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