This journal article describes research findings linking early childhood staff qualifications and training with the quality of early childhood education.
It outlines current and future policy requirements for employment of registered teachers in kindergartens and education and care centres, and provides evidence that most education and care centres will be able to meet future requirements.
This evidence is contrary to some recent publicity asserting that hundreds of these centres will struggle to cope with the qualification requirement in 2005. The article notes that ensuring staff in early childhood centres are qualified teachers is one essential measure to achieve good quality early childhood education.
The journal article is published in Ray of Hope: The littlies lobby newsletter, March 2004, p.2-3.