Training and capability building


​​​​​Key initiatives and supporting information ​to unlock the career potential and enhance the capacity of Queensland's early childhood workforce are available.

Scholarships and subsidies

New tailored scholarships and subsidies available for Queensland early childhood professionals to upgrade their qualifications, benefit from enhanced career pathways and experience greater work satisfaction.

Qualifications Pathways Program

The new Qualifications Pathways Program (QPP) provides scholarships with wrap-around mentoring support to early childhood educators to undertake further studies to upgrade qualifications.

The QPP will focus on enabling educators to complete qualifications at Certificate III, Diploma, Bachelor or Graduate Diploma level (early childhood teacher approved qualification). This will assist in meeting the chronic shortage of qualified educators in the sector.

The Queensland Government is working in partnership with 9 organisations to deliver this program.

To be on your way to becoming a qualified educator or early childhood teacher, please contact your relevant scholarship provider listed below.

Read the QPP information pack for information about eligibility and how to apply.

Practicum Placement Scheme

The Practicum Placement Scheme (PPS) pilot will fund the wages for educators while they attend placements as they work towards becoming an early childhood teacher.

Working Towards Educators who have a department-approved 'exceptional circumstance' in place and who haven't yet completed their early childhood degree will be able to access paid practicum in 2024 under this scheme.

Those eligible will be contacted.

Early Childhood Planning Day Subsidy

To support educators delivering an approved kindergarten program, a subsidy is available to approved providers allowing for 2 planning days in 2024.

Early childhood professionals in long day care services need time to prepare their kindy sessions, as planning is an integral part of building professionalism and skills in the sector. This work is often performed outside of standard work hours and completed in addition to teaching duties.

The subsidy is provided to enable backfilling arrangements to cover eligible educators for their non-contact planning days, which do not have to be held consecutively.

For further information, contact your approved provider or the Kindy Funding Team on (07) 3035 2244 or by email at

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Early childhood through Remote Area Teacher Education Program

The early childhood ​ Remote Area Teacher Education Program (RATEP) aims to increase the professionalism and employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander early educators. RATEP (early childhood) is a community-based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander early childhood education program offered in Queensland's rural and remote areas. 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 Early Years Coordinator.

For information, contact the State Program Coordinator on (07) 4037 3836 or email

Early childhood training skill sets

Early childhood training skill sets are available through the Queensland Government's higher level skills subsidy program to assist educators to gain the higher level skills required to help secure em​​ployment in the sector or career advancement. These include:

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.

A workforce planning online course containing 4 self-paced modules is available to assist staff to improve their existing workforce plans. The modules offer content scalable to staff new to workforce planning as well as more experienced practitioners.

In addition to the online course, the workforce plan template and guide to workforce planning are designed to assist early childhood services to implement effective workforce planning strategies.

The use of the workforce plan template is not mandatory, rather provides services with a sample tool for guidance in the development of workforce plans.

Through the development and implementation of a locally informed, service specific plan to meet current and future staffing requirements, early childhood education and care services will be best placed to operate efficiently and deliver high quality programs for all children.

Rural and remote residential program

The rural and remote residential program supports educators from rural and remote communities by providing stu​dy support to assist in the completion of a Certificate III or Diploma of Early Childhood qualification.

Rural and remote residential program supports educators from rural and remote communities by providing study support to assist in the completion of a Certificate III or Diploma of Early Childhood qualification.

The Department of Education has hosted a quarterly residential block in Cairns since 2015. The week-long program supports the supply of suitably qualified early childhood educators in rural and remote Queensland.

Educators who attend the program will have access to a week of training by their registered training organisation (RTO) to:

  • support the completion of units in Certificate III and/or Diploma Early Childhood qualifications
  • participate in site visits to early childhood services to observe and implement theory into practice that aligns to their units of study
  • engage with guest speakers to build connections between theory and practice
  • provide opportunities for networking and collaborating with other early childhood educators.

Educators in the Cairns area who are currently completing their Certificate III or Diploma of Early Childhood may speak to their RTO to find out more information about the residential program.


L​ong day care services

​S​essional kindergartens

Last updated 22 May 2024