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Workforce initiatives and planning

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Queensland’s workforce initiatives will ensure our early childhood workforce are empowered, engaged and supported to deliver quality early learning programs and services.

The department will deliver workforce initiatives that align with our Strategic Plan 2020-2024.

Working with the early childhood sector we will facilitate a skilled and qualified early years workforce and provide a Great start for all children.

Workforce planning

Effective workforce planning supports early childhood services to address the long-term needs of their workforce. Comprehensive workforce planning is essential for supporting the delivery of high quality early learning programs delivered by capable, confident and qualified educators.

Workforce planning is a continuous process of identifying:

  • current and existing skills within the workforce
  • desired future skills
  • workforce gaps
  • strategies and actions to address identified gaps.

Workforce planning strategies and actions may include, but are not limited to:

  • training
  • professional development
  • recruitment
  • attraction
  • retention strategies.

The workforce plan template and guide to workforce planning are designed to assist early childhood services to implement effective workforce planning strategies.

The template is not mandatory, rather provides services with guidance in the development of workforce plans.

Meeting current and future staffing requirements are necessary for ECEC services to operate efficiently and deliver high quality programs for all children.

​​Research projects

Learn more about: joining the early childhood and education workforce.

Previous workforce action plans

Workforce Action Plan 2016–2019
Workforce Action Plan 2011—2014

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Last updated 22 February 2021