The youngest learners in NSW will benefit from additional educators, thanks to 40 scholarships awarded to early childhood educators by the NSW Nationals in the state government.
The 40 scholarships are worth up to $20,000 each, awarded under the 2020-21 Early Childhood Education Scholarships Program, making it easier for more people to commence or upgrade their qualifications to a bachelor degree in early childhood teaching.
NSW Nationals Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning Sarah Mitchell said the scholarships would help promising preschool and early childhood employees deepen their knowledge of early education.
“Education in the first years of a child’s life are some of the most important. They develop skills crucial to success in school and later life,” Ms Mitchell said.
“It also is an important time for the child’s health, educators and parents can pick up early signs of various conditions early.
“Our early childhood educators are key to this and these scholarships will help some of our best become even better.
“We recognise that these scholarship recipients will deepen their understanding of early childhood environments, and gain additional skills and capabilities which will be passed on to the children they teach.
“Congratulations to the scholars on their commitment to education, and I wish them every success in their studies and future careers as qualified early childhood teachers.”