Early Learning and Child Care Centre Educator Qualifications and Minimum Requirements

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Child care is a popular and fast-growing industry for employment opportunities, but understanding the minimum qualifications and training requirements can be confusing.

The Australian child care industry has undergone significant change and growth in recent years, presenting many positive developments for child care operators, educators, children and their families.

But changes to regulations and different rules across the states and territories have made navigating training and qualification requirements more complicated for child care workers.

Whether you’re looking to start your career in the child care industry, an experienced early childhood educator returning to work after time away, or even wanting to open your own child care centre, you’ll need to know the latest training requirements.

At Xplor, we always aim to make your work, and life, easier, so we’ve put together this reference guide to the current childcare qualification and training requirements in Australia.

Educator Qualifications and Child Care Training Requirements

The National Quality Framework guides the operation and standards of child care services in Australia. The nation-wide program is gradually modernising and standardising practices to make the industry more uniform across state and territory borders. The latest changes to the National Quality Framework were introduced on October 1, 2017.

The National Quality Framework determines the minimum qualifications and educator-to-child ratio requirements for early education and childcare services. The current approved qualifications and training requirements as of October 2017 include:

Child Care and Childhood Educator Diploma Early Childhood Teaching Qualifications

Under the National Quality Framework, you can work as an early childhood teacher if you have:

Consult the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority for official updates on Early Childhood Teaching Qualifications.

Child Care and Childhood Educator Diploma

Under the National Quality Framework, you can work in child care as a diploma qualified educator if you have:

  • An approved diploma level qualification
  • A formerly approved diploma level qualification completed before January 1, 2012, or
  • If you are actively working toward your approved diploma level qualification and hold an approved Certificate III level qualification, or have completed the approved Certificate III units, or have completed at least 30% of the units in an approved ECT qualification. (This ruling does not apply for family day care co-ordinators who must have a minimum approved diploma level education and care qualification.)

Consult the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority for official updates on Diploma Level Education and Care Qualifications

Certificate III level is considered the national minimum qualification and training requirement for childcare workers and educators caring for children from birth to preschool age.

Under the National Quality Framework, you can work in child care as a Certificate III level qualified educator if you have:

  • An approved Certificate III level qualification
  • A formerly approved Certificate III level qualification, or
  • If you are actively working toward your approved Certificate III level qualification, provided you are making satisfactory progress toward completing the course and meeting the requirements to maintain enrolment. This is generally considered a Child Care Traineeship with emphasis on on-the-job training

Consult the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority for official updates on Certificate III Level Education and Care Qualifications

Family Day Care Coordinator

Under the National Quality Framework, Family Day Care Co-ordinators in Australia must hold a minimum Diploma Level Education and Care Qualification.

In Queensland only, a person is considered to have an equivalent Diploma level qualification if they completed a formerly approved qualification for family day care providers prior to January 1, 2012.

Consult the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority for official updates on Family Day Care Co-Ordinator Qualifications in Queensland.

School Age Care

State and Territory specific requirements still apply to work with school-aged children.

As no national standard qualification has been introduced, each state and territory determines the qualification requirements for educators of children over preschool age.

Consult the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority for official updates on working with school age children.

First Aid Qualifications and Training

Under the Education and Care Services National Regulations, centre-based child care services must ensure the following qualified people are in attendance at all times, and available immediately in an emergency

  • At least one educator who holds a current first aid qualification
  • At least one educator who has undertaken current approved anaphylaxis management training
  • At least one educator who has undertaken current approved emergency asthma management training

One staff member may hold more than one of these qualifications.

Consult the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority for official updates on first aid qualifications and training.

Still not sure if you’re qualified to work in the early learning industry?

If after reading the above you’re still not sure if you’re qualified to work in child care, we’ve collated some quick reference resources to help:

Qualifications List: Contains all approved and formerly approved early childhood teaching, diploma, certificate III level, and first aid, emergency asthma, and anaphylaxis qualifications.

Qualifications Checker: Answer questions to learn if your childcare qualification is recognised and approved under the National Quality Framework.

Assessment of Equivalent Educator Qualifications: If you can’t find your training or qualification on the Qualifications List you can submit your qualification or certificate for assessment for equivalence

 

 

 

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