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Career paths and qualifications

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Qualifications give you the formal knowledge and skills to become a quality teacher, leader or educator in early childhood education and care.

The Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) oversees the implementation and administration of the National Quality Framework (NQF). Most services are approved and regulated under the NQF.

The NQF sets out the minimum qualification requirements for staff working in children's education and care services.

Learn about the qualifications for each of the following career paths:

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Find out about the range of leadership and management roles in early childhood education that exist outside a service.
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Study an ACECQA-approved early childhood teacher qualification and have a nationally recognised qualification that lets you work in a range of early childhood services.
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Find out about a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. Then, you can progress to a diploma and continue growing your career.
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Expiring workforce regulations in Queensland

Learn what this means for educators and service providers on the workforce transitional provisions expiring page.

More information

Qualifications list—Learn about approved (and formerly approved) qualifications.

Where you can work—Learn about the types of services where you can use your qualifications.

Course requirements—Learn about course requirements to become an early childhood teacher.​

Help and support

Financial assistance—Get financial help for education study.

Free TAFE courses—Free priority TAFE courses for Year 12 graduates.

Professional development—Find out about services and resources to upgrade your qualifications.

Employment conditions—Learn about rights and entitlements and blue card requirements.

Contact us—Early Childhood information service.

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Last updated 27 September 2021