This initiative provides professional development and support programs for Australian Government funded rural and remote education and care services in defined rural and remote communities. Aiming to bridge the professional isolation due to remoteness that these services can face the project provides access to specialist professional development, support and resources tailored to the specific needs and connect services using a range of technology.

RuralCONNECT provides a link between children’s services and the support needed to meet changes in the children’s services sector such as the implementation of the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and the National Quality Framework (NQF). RuralCONNECT project updates are available to view or download.


  • By offering a professional development program to respond to skill gaps;

  • By using technology to link educators and provide answers to common issues

  • By offering peer support programs enable the sharing of ideas, strategies and solutions

Provided on behalf of Children’s Services Central, the Professional Support Co-ordinator in NSW and is part of the Inclusion and Professional Support Program funded by the Australian Government Department of Education.


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