Twelve months may seem like a long time but if you are an educator working towards your early childhood teacher (ECT) qualification, it will seem to fly by. Within the next 12 months, you will need to have completed a qualification required under the National Quality Framework (NQF).
From 1 January 2022, an educator will need to hold an ECT qualification on the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) approved list to be considered qualified.
ACECQA will also continue to recognise individuals who hold the following combination of qualifications as ECTs:
a primary teaching qualification that includes at least a focus on children aged 5 to 8 (e.g. a qualification with a focus on children aged 3 to 8 or 5 to 12) and
teacher registration in Australia (known as ‘accreditation’ in New South Wales) and
an ACECQA-approved diploma-level (or higher) education and care qualification.
Registered primary qualified teachers will need to complete their approved early childhood diploma before the end of 2021 to continue to be recognised as an ECT from 2022.
For services in remote and very remote areas, from 1 January 2022:
Regulation 240—educators in centre-based services can be included to meet a relevant educator-to-child ratio without holding, or be actively working towards, a Certificate III qualification, in the following circumstances:
- they have been continuously employed as an educator in an education and care service (it need not be the same service) for a period of at least 15 years up to immediately before 1 January 2012
- they are employed by the same approved provider as the educator was employed by, immediately before 1 January 2012.
Regulation 239A—centre-based services that provide education and care to 25 or more children will need to have an ECT in attendance at the service.
The Queensland Government is working with the sector to ensure continued subsidised training and other joint sector support initiatives are explored to increase the supply of ECTs.
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