Early childhood teaching qualifications

Qualifications list
 

Under regulation 137 of the Education and Care Services National Regulations ACECQA must publish a list of approved and former approved early childhood teaching qualifications. It replaces any existing state and territory lists of early childhood teacher qualifications from 1 January 2012.

A person who holds an approved early childhood teaching qualification is an early childhood teacher for the purposes of the Education and Care Services National Law and Regulations.

A person who holds a former approved early childhood teaching qualification is an early childhood teacher for the purposes of the Education and Care Services National Law and Regulations if the person completed the qualification before 1 January 2012. Alternatively, if the person was enrolled in the qualification before 1 January 2012 they will be an early childhood teacher once they complete the qualification.

Early childhood teaching students are able to be counted as diploma level educators for ratio purposes while they are 'actively working towards' an approved early childhood teaching qualification. For information on how, or when, a person is considered 'actively working towards' an approved early childhood teaching qualification please visit our actively working towards page.

Please note, teacher registration requirements may also apply in your state or territory.

Most qualification requirements are set out in part 4.4 of the National Regulations. Please be aware that many states and territories have saving and transitional provisions which affect qualification requirements – those provisions are included in chapter 7 of the National Regulations. If you have enquiries about state or territory specific saving and transitional provisions, please contact your regulatory authority.

A summary of the early childhood teacher requirements for centre-based services educating and caring for children preschool age or under is set out below:

Number of children

Early childhood teacher requirement

Fewer than 25 approved places at the service or
fewer than 25 children in attendance 

From 1 Jan 2014 in all states and territories

At least 20 per cent of the time that the service provides education and care, the service must have access to an early childhood teacher working with the service.

25 to 59 children in attendance on any given day

From 1 Jan 2014 in all states and territories
Saving provision applies in NSW*

 If a service operates for 50 or more hours a week, an early childhood teacher must be in attendance at the service for six hours on the given day.

If a service operates for less than 50 hours a week, an early childhood teacher must be in attendance for 60 per cent of the operating hours of the service on the given day.

These requirements do not apply if the service has 25‑59 approved places, and employs or engages a full time or full time equivalent early childhood teacher at the service.

60-80 children in attendance on any given day   

From 1 Jan 2014 in VIC, QLD, SA, TAS, ACT, NT
Saving provision applies in NSW*

If a service operates for 50 or more hours a week, an early childhood teacher must be in attendance at the service for six hours on the given day. 

If a service operates for less than 50 hours a week, an early childhood teacher must be in attendance for 60% of the operating hours of the service on the given day.

These requirements do not apply if the service has 60 to 80 approved places, and employs or engages a full time or full time equivalent early childhood teacher at the service.

From 1 Jan 2020 in VIC, QLD, SA, WA, TAS, ACT, NT
Saving provision applies in NSW*

If a service operates for 50 or more hours a week, an early childhood teacher must be in attendance at the service for six hours on the given day, and second early childhood teacher or suitably qualified person must be in attendance at the service for at least three hours on the given day.

If a service operates for less than 50 hours a week, an early childhood teacher must be in attendance for 60 per cent of the operating hours of the service on the given day, and a second early childhood teacher or suitably qualified person must be in attendance for at least 30 per cent of the operating hours on that day.

These requirements do not apply if the service has 60 to 80 approved places, and employs or engages a full time or full time equivalent early childhood teacher at the service, and employs or engages a second early childhood teacher or suitably qualified person for half the hours or full time equivalent hours at the service.

More than 80 children in attendance on any given day   

From 1 Jan 2014 in VIC, QLD, SA, WA, TAS, ACT, NT
Saving provision applies in NSW*

If a service operates for 50 or more hours a week, an early childhood teacher must be in attendance at the service for six hours on the given day.

If a service operates for less than 50 hours a week, an early childhood teacher must be in attendance for 60 per cent of the operating hours of the service on the given day.

These requirements do not apply if the service has more than 80 approved places, and employs or engages a full time or full time equivalent early childhood teacher at the service.

From 1 Jan 2020 in VIC, QLD, SA, WA, TAS, ACT, NT 

Saving provision applies in NSW*

If a service operates for 50 or more hours a week, an early childhood teacher must be in attendance at the service for six hours on the given day, and a second early childhood teacher or suitably qualified person must be in attendance at the service for at least six hours on the given day.

If a service operates for less than 50 hours a week, an early childhood teacher must be in attendance for 60 per cent of the operating hours of the service on the given day, and a second early childhood teacher or suitably qualified person must be in attendance for at least 60 per cent of the operating hours on that day.

These requirements do not apply if the service has more than 80 approved places, and employs or engages a full time or full time equivalent early childhood teacher at the service, and employs or engages a second full time or full time equivalent early childhood teacher or suitably qualified person at the service.

 

*See Regulation 272.