12 June 2012

No purpose or objectives for Early Childhood Schooling?

| johnboy
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The Auditor-General has announced the release of a performance audit of Early Childhood Schooling in Canberra.

It’s generally positive but has found a bit of a flaw at the heart of the business:

While ACT children are, on the whole, performing well academically compared to their counterparts in other jurisdictions, there is evidence to indicate that children from particular groups within the community need additional support and development opportunities. The early childhood schooling programs and services considered as part of this audit do provide additional support and development opportunities for many of these children. However, there is potential for their reach to be extended to other children in need. Although ETD’s early childhood schooling programs and services are delivering benefits to children and their families, there are shortcomings in ETD’s planning, management and delivery of the programs and services.

The purpose and objectives of the programs and services are unclear and children and families who need additional support are not targeted or given priority. This creates a risk that the programs and services do not achieve desired outcomes and that those most in need do not receive the additional support. Specific findings are as follows:

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I think the auditor is reading too much into the program, I don’t recall any statement by ETD when these were set up about targetting or specifically helping children with higher or specific needs. This sounds like some desire being promoted by the Auditor rather than a goal that the Government has expressed – and hasn’t included in their funding formula.

bitzermaloney2:50 pm 12 Jun 12

What exactly are they auditing? Childcare centres, daycare, preschools, montessori schools?

They all have vastly different objectives and philosophies behind them.

If it’s childcare centres, then don’t be surprised at the results because their primary function is child minding…. not education. (That applies even for the centres with good educational programs.)

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