A group of Chinese early childhood education and care professionals will return to their home country with new and improved skills and knowledge after undertaking a two-week study tour in Orange and the Central West.
As part of a partnership with TAFE NSW, members of the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission and a number of other Chinese students spent two weeks learning from not only TAFE teachers, but industry experts at early childhood centres in Orange (Live Better), Molong and Forbes.
TAFE NSW early childhood head teacher Susan Bird said the enthusiastic group thoroughly enjoyed learning what they described as a “unique training perspective”.
“It’s been a pleasure having this group here – they were very willing to participate and really embraced the learning opportunities that were presented to them,” she said.
“They were very interested in learning all about Australian-best teaching practices and training methods. While they acknowledged a lot of the training was vastly different to theirs, they were also excited to draw comparisons with the services they offer in Shanghai.
“I’m really confident these professionals will implement a lot of what they have learnt while in the Central West into their teaching methods in Shanghai and it will benefit hundreds of children.”