Dr. Suzy Tamone Named Head of Education Programs and Strategy

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The CEO of C&K, an early childhood provider located in Queensland, Dr. Sandra Cheeseman, says the recently announced $33 million investment in the state’s early childhood education and care (ECEC) workforce will provide the industry “a much needed boost.”

The total investment outlines a number of workforce-specific initiatives, including:

This year, the Qualifications Pathways Program (QPP) will receive $29 million in funding for its first round. A Practicum Placement Scheme (PPS) may receive up to $2 million. Educators wishing to upgrade their credentials for the Cert III, Diploma, Bachelor, and Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood through QPP will receive comprehensive coaching and mentoring.

Two planning days for each qualified Long Day Care service offering a kindergarten program will also be funded in 2024 with an additional $2.3 million.

Dr. Suzy Tamone has been appointed by C&K as Head of Education Programs and Strategy in response to the investment. Her responsibility will be to manage the execution of the initiatives of the Queensland Government Workforce Strategy at C&K.

At C&K, Dr. Tamone serves as Head of Education Programs & Strategy. She held academic positions at Queensland University of Technology in the School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education, where she oversaw the Department of Education’s Mentoring Beginning Teachers program, and as Head of Professional Learning at Goodstart Early Learning before joining C&K.

“I’m excited to pioneer an Education Strategy for C&K that champions and builds workforce capability to support every child to flourish,” Dr Tamone said.

Additionally, C&K is increasing its commitment in qualification completions by introducing a restricted fee program at the C&K College.

“Qualifications are the foundation for all roles within the early childhood sector, and evidence shows they are the key factor to providing high-quality education and care,” Dr Cheeseman said.

“It costs as little as $1 per unit to study at the C&K College, and students will receive supported work placements and a connection to employment opportunities,” she explained.

“C&K is pleased to launch this campaign and take a leadership role in growing the capacity and capability of the early childhood workforce. We look forward to continuing to partner with the Queensland Government to support ECEC workforce initiatives.”

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