The Australian April 04, 2009
Toddlers in daycare should be given early career counselling, Principals Australia has told the committee drawing up the nation’s first childcare curriculum. The call comes as the state and territory children’s commissioners caution against pushing academic-based teaching on children still in nappies. And a leading childcare operator insists it is “crazy stuff” to start telling pre-schoolers about their career options.
Kate Castine, who runs the Principals Australia career education project on behalf of the federal Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, is calling for “career development concepts” to be included in the new curriculum to be introduced nationally by July 1. Her concern is that little children rarely think beyond what their parents and relatives do for a living.