CELA’s new Micro Credentials action key recommendations from Shaping Our Future – 10-year National Workforce Strategy.
Australia is in the midst of an early education and care workforce crisis. It is vital to the sector's success and the workforce's well-being that both new and experienced educators have the means to upskill quickly and conveniently.
Today, CELA have launched a new self-paced e-learning platform called CELA Micro Credentials.
As pointed out in Shaping Our Future, the national children’s education and care workforce strategy (2021), ‘Despite a number of reforms over the past five years aimed at improving quality, many service providers continue to report that some vocationally trained educators can lack fundamental skills and knowledge...’ The same report includes a recommendation to ‘Develop and implement a priority list of micro credentials for educators and teachers in recognised areas of demand and need.’
‘Many educators enter the sector without the practical, job-learned skills necessary for high-quality practice,’ says CELA CEO Michele Carnegie. ‘Furthermore, many experienced educators who have been elevated to leadership positions require support with the practical skills needed to make this transition effectively.
‘Learning doesn’t stop with your qualification and there's a recognised need across the sector to upskill across multiple topics relevant to your role at any point in time and micro credentials enable you to do that.’
Upskill on specific topics in just hours–engaging activities ensure effective learning
CELA Micro Credentials are targeted, self-paced workshops that allow educators to learn at their own pace and apply what they learn on the job immediately. Our Micro Credentials support a variety of learning styles and feature a range of learning activities including video tutorials, readings, downloadable templates, reflective writing and quizzes. They allow educators to build their knowledge around their qualification to demonstrate their area of specialisation. Once an educator has completed a Micro Credential, they receive a digital badge of achievement that they can add to their CV, their service QIP or share on social media. All CELA Micro Credentials have been developed by our expert learning and development team.
‘CELA Micro Credentials allow educators to extend existing skills and knowledge attained through other training methods or acquired while working,’ says Jennifer Moglia, CELA Executive Officer Professional Learning. ‘Each credential is broken down into detailed topics with customised resources, references, and knowledge quizzes to enhance learning.’
Explore our first two Micro Credentials today
CELA has launched two Micro Credentials today, with additional topics already in development. Both launch topics are aimed at upskilling educators and teachers in areas identified by the sector as high need.
The Micro Credential Leadership: Empowering and Engaging the Team enables leaders to build their confidence and learn ways to empower their team to help navigate the many challenges of an ECEC environment.
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The Micro Credential Understanding Neuroscience to Support Children's Behaviour provides educators with an in-depth understanding of neuroscience and how the brain impacts children’s behaviour to help them support children in their early education and care service.
Find out more via our Micro Credentials website https://microcredentials.cela.org.au/ or contact the CELA team on firstname.lastname@example.org.