PSCA Research

The PSCA have undertaken three highly relevant and significant pieces of research:

Building Leadership Capacity

PSCA national research that highlighted the knowledge, skills and capabilities to meet and exceed quality service delivery. Practice potentials: Impact of participation in professional development and support on quality outcomes for children in childcare centres (2008).

This research:

  • Identified gaps for professional development for ECEC leaders.
  • Identified required set of skills to implement NQF.
  • Professional development required to support development.

Practice potentials: Impact of participation in professional development and support on quality outcomes for children in childcare centres (2008) 

Enabling Integrated Service Delivery

National research commissioned by PSCA Integrated Early Years Provision in Australia (2010).

Research designed to identify the key components of leadership and integrated service delivery and how services engage with families and communities in service delivery.  Aims included understanding processes for engaging in multi-disciplinary work to support leaders of stand-alone child care services to actively participate in local community initiatives bringing together different service types. The findings of this research were launched at ECA Conference 2010 and disseminated to sector stakeholders. 

Resource developed from this research

“Supporting Professional Learning in an Integrated Context”

This resource highlights leadership to support multi-disciplinary approaches and engaging educators in professional conversations to support all ECE services working towards increased community and integrated approaches.

Integrated Early Years Provision in Australia (2010)

Resourcing Inclusion Support Agencies

Implemented national research project to identify the professional development needs of Inclusion Support Facilitators (ISFs) – Action research report: Role and professional support needs of ISFs (2009).

Based on the research recommendations a Policy Framework and ISF professional development strategy was developed and implemented.

An advisory committee with representatives from ISA, PSC, IPSU Alliance and the Australian Government Department of Education has guided this work.

Action research report: Role and professional support needs of ISFs (2009)