Educators working towards their early childhood teacher (ECT) qualification have 2 years to gain 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 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, the following specific transitional regulations have been extended until 31 December 2021:
- educators who have been continuously employed by the same centre-based service for at least 15 years prior to the NQF will continue to be included in the educator-to-child ratios
- centre-based services will still be able to access an ECT via information communication technology (ICT).
These decisions are in response to the ongoing workforce pressures in the sector.
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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