Education, Preschool & TAFE
On Monday 6 April, the NSW Government announced a suite of 21 fee-free TAFE NSW online short courses to assist anyone across the State who wants to upskill during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 21 short courses include:
eMarketing for Small Business;
Engaging Customers Using Social Media;
Writing and Presentation Skills;
Team Leader Skill Set; and
Administration Skills for Team Leaders.
TAFE NSW has been a reliable educational institution for more than 130 years supporting communities all across NSW. I hope these fee-free courses will be put to good use in our area during this challenging time.
More information, including a full list of courses, is available here or by calling 131 601
On 9 April 2020, the NSW Government announced a $51 million funding package will allow free preschool for up to six months for children. The NSW Government also committed up to $82 million to support 260 council childcare centres who are not eligible for the JobKeeper payments.
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION ANNOUNCEMENT
On Thursday, 2 April 2020, the Australian Government announced the new Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package.
From Monday, 6 April 2020, weekly payments will be made directly to early childhood education and care services in lieu of the Child Care Subsidy and the Additional Child Care Subsidy, to help them keep their doors open and employees in their jobs.
Payments will be made until the end of the 2019-20 financial year and families will not be charged fees during this time. Early childhood education and child care services do not need to apply for the payments, they will be paid automatically.
The NSW Family Day Care Association have provided a fact sheet that highlights some important facts that are important for educators to know.
For more information, see Information for early childhood education and care providers and services.
The NSW Premier announced that from Tuesday 24 March, parents are encouraged to keep their children at home and access their school's learning from home programs.
The latest information and advice from the NSW Department of Education can be found here.
SCHOOL ON TV
Stuck at home with the kids?
Thanks to the ABC Kids Community and ABC Education they’ve got both entertainment and learning covered!
Starting Term 2 on ABC ME the new schedule starts with primary school content in the mornings through to secondary school content in the afternoons.
From Tuesday 14 April – the ABC will extend its educational programming on ABC ME to support children and caregivers at home, from 10am to 3pm each weekday. The expanded schedule will feature programs such as Ecomaths, ScienceXplosion, Numberblocks and English on the Go.
The ABC will offer additional online support through its portal ABC Education, with access to more than 4000 free videos, interactive resources and games mapped to the Australian curriculum – across subjects such as English, maths, science, history, geography, media Literacy, financial literacy and the arts and technologies, including STEM.
Sign up to the ABC Education weekly newsletter for engaging online resources, competitions, news and events to help teachers and parents.
Read here to read more.
10 TOP TIPS FROM THE LAND
1️. Write your children's daily subjects on a whiteboard, blackboard or large piece of paper, then get them to cross them off the list once completed. This is an easy way to foster a sense of accomplishment once they've completed a task.
2️. Remember that the classroom is not always the classroom and you can learn in your everyday environment. For example, use chalk to conduct spelling exercises on the veranda or in the yard, or learn maths while measuring food portions in the kitchen. There's always opportunity to educate young minds in creative ways.
3. Never stay on one subject for longer than one hour. Follow the school period timelines.
4️. Remember that your children will feed off your mood and attitude, so try to be engaged with the subject at hand (even if you really hate maths). It's more important for you to give them your time and attention right now than it is to ensure you have a perfectly tidy model home.
5️. Try to create a routine that works for you and your children so the kids then know what is expected of them. Your child can be involved in creating this as well, as it gives them ownership of their work.
6️. Try to ensure your child has the right sized desk and chair for them. A comfortable study area aids learning.
7️. Use a tone of voice that you yourself would like to be taught with. Home schooling doesn't mean you need to morph into a movie caricature of a strict teacher! It may help to let your children know you are only helping their teacher and not taking the place of their teacher permanently. This is temporary, and you will be only Mum or Dad gain soon.
8️. If you children need it, take lots of "brain breaks." If they start to lose focus, send them for a snack, a drink of water, a run around the yard or do ten star jumps.
9️. Preparation is key. Make sure you know what you have planned for each session so you're not reading instructions on the fly.
10. Even in "normal" times where we are all set up and prepared for home schooling it can be really challenging. Don't make excuses for not getting stuff done, but cut everyone some slack when you know you need to, including yourself! Ask your teachers what the "non-negotiables" are and try your best to accomplish those.