The Victorian Government is committed to the provision of quality early childhood education and care services across the state. To support the early childhood sector, a range of professional learning supports are available for early childhood professionals.
The professional learning programs for 2017 are designed to support Victoria’s goal of becoming a world leader in early childhood learning and development.
Early Childhood Qualifications Fund
This scholarship provides support for educators currently working in a Victorian early childhood education and care service or qualified primary teachers who wish to upgrade or attain an approved early childhood qualification. For more information, see:
Early Childhood Qualifications Fund.
Early Childhood Scholarships for Aboriginal People
This scholarship aims to increase the number of qualified Aboriginal people working in Victorian early childhood settings. Attracting more Aboriginal people to work in Victorian early childhood settings and supporting existing Aboriginal educators to gain or upgrade an approved qualification will help to ensure the workforce reflects the diversity of Victoria's population. For more information, see: Early Childhood Scholarships for Aboriginal People.
Postgraduate Nursing Scholarships
This scholarship is for nurses registered as both a nurse and a midwife currently working in the Victorian public health sector to undertake postgraduate study in maternal and child health nursing. For more information, see: Postgraduate Nursing Scholarships.
Early Childhood Teacher Registration
All Victorian early childhood teachers are required to register with the Victorian Institute of Teaching, see:
Early Childhood Teacher Registration
Mentor Training for Experienced Early Childhood Teachers
Support is available to early childhood staff who mentor new graduates or student teachers who will soon graduate. For more information, see: Mentor Training for Early Childhood Teachers
Protecting Children - Mandatory Reporting
The Protecting Children – Mandatory Reporting and Other Obligations for the Early Childhood Sector eLearning Module is now available online. The module supports all professionals in early childhood settings to increase their capacity to respond effectively to children whose safety, health or wellbeing may be at risk.
The module is available at no cost to participants and provides a certificate on successful completion.
All early childhood professionals are strongly encouraged to undertake this module. To complete the module, see
Mandatory Reporting eLearning Module and login with the following details:
Password: staff (all lowercase)
A range of leadership courses are available to build the capacity of leaders in early childhood settings. For more information, see: Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership
Professional Learning Resources
A number of professional learning opportunities and resources are available to support early childhood professionals to engage with the Victorian Early Years Learning Development Framework (VEYLDF). For more information see:
Professional Learning and
Resources for Professionals.
The Victorian Training Guarantee
The Victorian Training Guarantee is available for educators who do not hold a post-school qualification, or who want to gain a higher level qualification than they already hold. Use the
VTG Eligibility Indicator to determine your eligibility. For more information, see:
Victorian Training Guarantee.
FEE-HELP and VET FEE-HELP
Australian Government assistance is available to assist students studying VET and Higher Education courses with the cost of tuition fees. For more information, see:
FEE-HELP and VET FEE-HELP.