Qualification requirements

The National Quality Framework (NQF) sets out the minimum qualification and educator to child ratio requirements for children’s education and care services. Find information about the qualification requirements in different education and care settings.

Acecqa – The Australian Children's Education & Care Quality Authority

Qualifications requirements to work in Australian education and care services:


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Qualifications for centre-based services with children preschool age or under

Preschool, kindergarten and long day care services and their staff, must meet centre-based services qualification requirements.

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Qualifications for family day care services

To work as part of a family day care service, individuals must meet qualification requirements.

Qualifications for working in OSHC services

Each state and territory has their own qualification requirements for working with school age children in out of school hours care services (OSHC).

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First aid qualifications & training

Educators working at an education and care service, may be required to complete a first aid qualification, anaphylaxis management training and emergency asthma management training.

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Actively working towards a qualification

Individuals ‘actively working towards’ an approved qualification may be counted towards qualification requirements.

Recognition as a 'suitably qualified person'

Information on how to be recognised as a 'suitably qualified person' in centre-based services with 60 or more children in attendance.

Recognition as an ‘equivalent early childhood teacher’

Information on the transitional measure for recognition as an 'equivalent early childhood teacher'.