Building the early childhood workforce

In this March edition of Early Childhood Update, we are reflecting on what has been a big start to the year for early childhood education in Victoria.

The early months of 2020 have seen some significant steps towards making our system bigger, better and fairer.

The roll-out of initiatives like funded universal Three-Year-Old Kindergarten, School Readiness Funding and the Early Childhood Languages Program are giving children enduring academic, social and emotional benefits.

Victoria's early childhood education professionals are the key to achieving this ambition.

The roll-out of Three-Year-Old Kindergarten is expected to create more than 6000 new early childhood education jobs, including 4000 degree-qualified teachers and 2000 VET-qualified educators by 2029. To help more people become qualified early childhood teachers, financial support in the form of scholarships are available.

Significantly, we have also added two early childhood education qualifications to the Free TAFE for Priority Courses list in 2020. This will reduce the financial barriers for people who want to train in these courses, and create more qualified educators to do this rewarding, life-shaping work.

To make sure we have teachers in the right locations the Victorian Government is providing Early Childhood Teacher Incentives to encourage early childhood teachers to take up opportunities to teach in rural and regional Victoria, where Three-Year-Old Kindergarten is being delivered first.

Building a world-class workforce in early childhood education means ensuring children have high-quality early learning experiences when they're young. This helps them to be lifelong learners; happy, healthy and resilient now and for the rest of their lives.

Visit the Three-Year-Old Kindergarten web page for more information.