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Careers and training

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A career in early childhood offers you the opportunity to work in a variety of education and care roles in a number of different settings.

In Queensland, the majority of early childhood education and care services are privately owned or operated by a community organisation (for example, a church or not-for-profit group). A small number of services are provided by government.

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Where you can work

Learn about the roles and qualifications required for each type of early childhood service.

Roles and qualifications

Find out about the qualifications options for working in early childhood education and care.

Qualities and skills you need

Find out what it takes to be a great early childhood educator.

Scholarships, subsidies and bridging programs

Learn about the options to help you gain your qualification.

Professional development

Find out about professional development opportunities to advance your early childhood career.

Early Years Connect

Access professional development resources tailored to early childhood educators working with children with disability and/or complex additional needs. 

 
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From 1 January 2020, educators will need to have completed their qualification to be considered an early childhood teacher. To help services and educators understand and prepare for the change, visit the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority website.
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Whether you are already part of the early childhood education and care workforce, have just left school or are looking for a career change, a career in early childhood can help you inspire the future (PDF, 250KB).

You can make a difference and be a positive influence in shaping young lives by providing quality care and learning experiences.

Hear the personal stories and the rewarding experiences from early childhood teachers and educators working in services across Queensland.

Choosing a career in early childhood is life-changing.

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Last updated 07 February 2019