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Rural and remote opportunities

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There is a range of professional development opportunities available across rural, remote and very remote locations in Queensland to help build the capacity of the early childhood workforce.  These opportunities include:

  • scholarships and skills development programs
  • individualised study support to progress through qualifications
  • networking, coaching and mentoring opportunities.
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Rural and Remote Early Childhood Teacher Scholarships are a Queensland Government initiative under the Early Childhood Education and Care Workforce Action Plan 2016–2019.

When scholarship recipients have completed their degree, they can continue to work in the early childhood sector or seek a job in a school, as your qualification is approved by both the Australian Children's Education Care Authority and the Queensland College of Teachers.

If you are currently studying an early childhood teaching qualification you may be eligible for study support through the Indigenous remote support coordination or Growing our own Program.  

For more information including the communities where scholarships are available, please contact Queensland Council of Social Service on (07) 3004 6900 or email qcoss@qcoss.org.au.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander educators ensure children have access to inclusive and culturally appropriate education programs.

The Indigenous remote support coordination program provides targeted study support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander educators working in remote and very remote communities. This support is provided to educators to upgrade their qualifications to a Certificate III or Diploma in early childhood education and care.

Educators will receive an individual study support plan to meet their needs, which may include intensive training and support at a residential program, linking to local study support groups or mentors and regular visits from trainers. Directors of early childhood services can also receive cultural competency training. Government subsidies may also be available to help educators obtain their qualification.

This project is a Queensland Government initiative under the Early Childhood Education and Care Workforce Action Plan 2016–2019.

For more information, please contact Queensland Council of Social Service on (07) 3004 6900 or email qcoss@qcoss.org.au.

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Targeted support is available for educators currently working in approved services in priority identified rural and remote communities in Queensland to upgrade their qualifications to a Certificate III or Diploma in early childhood education and care.

As part of Growing our own, you will have an individual study support plan to meet your needs, which could include intensive training and study support for one week at a residential program, linking to local study support groups or mentors and regular visits from trainers to help you remain on track with your studies. Government subsidies may also be available to help you obtain your qualification.

This program is a Queensland Government initiative under the Early Childhood Education and Care Workforce Plan Action 2016–2019.

For more information including the communities where study support is available, please contact Queensland Council of Social Service on (07) 3004 6900 or email qcoss@qcoss.org.au.

RATEP is a successful, community-based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teacher education program offered in Queensland's remote, rural and urban areas.  

Early childhood through RATEP allows educators to gain or upgrade early childhood qualifications while living and working in their home communities. The qualifications available include:

  • Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education and Care).

Delivery is through a mix of online and face-to-face methods by attending residential blocks with other students studying in remote areas. Students will receive ongoing study support from tertiary education teachers and a RATEP Teacher Coordinator while they continue to live and work in their community.

Tailored study support is also available with a dedicated RATEP Early Childhood Teacher Coordinator in the community.  

For more information, including the communities where RATEP is offered, please email ecec@qed.qld.gov.au.

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Last updated 02 September 2019