Support for early childhood teachers and educators

Find workforce initiatives and resources for early childhood education and care educators and teachers.

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Professional development opportunities

There are a range of measures to support the early childhood education and care (ECEC) workforce.

The professional development subsidy, paid practicum subsidy and practicum exchange strengthen skills and professional experience and encourage long-term staff engagement.

Learn about the professional development opportunities

Child care discount for early childhood workforce

Providers can choose to offer a discounted fee to educators they employ whose children are enrolled at one of their services. The discount will not affect the employee’s Child Care Subsidy (CCS) entitlement. This measure will support providers to attract and retain their early childhood workforce.

Learn more about discounts for the early childhood workforce

Financial help for very remote teachers

Early childhood teachers at very remote Centre Based Day Care services with Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) debts may be eligible for financial assistance.

The Australian Government provides two types of assistance. We can:

  • waive indexation on accumulated HELP debt
  • reduce accumulated HELP debt.

Applications for indexation waivers and reduction of accumulated HELP debts are now available.

Check if your service is in a very remote area

Learn more about financial assistance for very remote teachers

Tertiary Access Payment

The Tertiary Access Payment is a one-off payment of up to $5,000. It’s to help eligible students with the cost of moving from regional or remote areas to study. This is for study after you’ve finished year 12 or equivalent.

Learn more about the Tertiary Access Payment

Skill up, change up with Fee-Free TAFE

Fee-Free TAFE is a joint initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments. It provides tuition-free courses to students wanting to train, retrain or upskill.

Learn more about Fee-Free TAFE

Mental health resources

Be You is the national mental health and wellbeing initiative for ECEC services and schools. It equips educators with knowledge and resources to support the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people from birth to 18 years.

The Be You initiative is delivered by Beyond Blue in collaboration with:

  • Early Childhood Australia
  • headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation.

It is free.

Be You offers:

  • accredited professional learning
  • online sessions and events
  • fact sheets
  • evidence-informed resources.

These resources can support educators to meet national, state and territory requirements relating to mental health and wellbeing.

How to register

Individual registration is open to educators who:

  • work in early learning services
  • are in pre-service or training.

Your service or school can register as a Be You learning community and access resources, online events and a network of consultants. This is also free.

Find out more about Be You

STEM professional development

Little Scientists supports early childhood educators with inquiry-based STEM professional development.

They do this through a range of in-person, in-service, and online professional development workshops across pedagogy-based STEM topics. This helps educators develop the skills and confidence to administer age-appropriate STEM learning.

Little Scientists is a not-for-profit initiative funded by the Australian Government since 2016. The funding is through a grant to Froebel Australia.

Learn more about Little Scientists

Let’s Count

Let's Count is an Australian Government funded early mathematics program for children aged 3 to 5. It is delivered by The Smith Family.

Let’s Count helps early childhood educators develop the maths skills of children in their care by noticing, exploring, and talking about mathematics using everyday activities.

The program is aligned to the Early Years Learning Framework V2.0. It is free for all early childhood professionals.

Learn more about Let’s Count