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

Diploma and certificate III

Under the National Quality framework 50 per cent of educators required to meet the relevant ratios in a centre based service working with children preschool age and under, must have, or be actively working towards, at least an approved diploma level education and care qualification.

All other educators required to meet the relevant ratios at the service must have, or be actively working towards, at least an approved certificate III level education and care qualification.

To see if you are qualified to work in a centre-based education and care service with children preschool age and under (e.g. preschool, kindergarten, long day care).

 

Early childhood teacher

Centre-based services educating and caring for children preschool age and under must engage or have access to an early childhood teacher based on the number and age of children at the service.

A summary of the early childhood teacher requirements for centre-based services is set out below. 
 

Number of children in attendance at any one time Early childhood teacher requirement
Fewer than 25 children* The service needs to have access to an early childhood teacher for at least 20 per cent of the time the service is operating. This may be achieved through an information communication technology solution.
25 – 59 children*

The service must employ or engage a full-time or full time equivalent early childhood teacher, or have an early childhood teacher in attendance for: 
•    6 hours per day, when operating for 50 hours or more per week OR 
•    60% of the time, when operating for less than 50 hours per week

60 – 80 children* 

The service must employ or engage a full-time or full time equivalent early childhood teacher, or have an early childhood teacher in attendance for: 
•    6 hours per day, when operating for 50 hours or more per week OR 
•    60% of the time, when operating for less than 50 hours per week. 

Additionally from 2020, the service must employ a second early childhood teacher or suitably qualified person in attendance for:
•    3 hours per day, when operating for 50 hours or more per week
OR
•    30% of the  time, when operating for less than 50 hours per week
These requirements do not apply if the service has 60 to 80 approved places, and employs or engages a full time or full time equivalent early childhood teacher at the service, and employs or engages a second early childhood teacher or suitably qualified person for half the hours or full time equivalent hours at the service.

More than 80 children*

The service must employ or engage a full-time or full time equivalent early childhood teacher, or have an early childhood teacher in attendance for: 
•    6 hours per day, when operating for 50 hours or more per week OR 
•    60% of the time, when operating for less than 50 hours per week. 

Additionally from 2020, the service must employ a second early childhood teacher or suitably qualified person in attendance for:
•    6 hours per day, when operating for 50 hours or more per week
OR
•    60% of the  time, when operating for less than 50 hours per week

These requirements do not apply if the service has more than 80 approved places, and employs or engages a full time or full time equivalent early childhood teacher at the service, and employs or engages a second full time or full time equivalent early childhood teacher or suitably qualified person at the service.

* Saving provisions apply in NSW - see regulation 272.

Some states and territories require early childhood teachers (ECTs) to hold teacher registration or accreditation.