Early childhood teaching qualifications

Under the National Quality Framework, 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.

You can be counted as an early childhood teacher if you:

  • hold an approved early childhood teaching qualification
  • hold a former approved early childhood teaching qualification that was commenced before 1 January 2012
  • hold a qualification that ACECQA has determined to be an equivalent early childhood teacher 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).

If you are ‘actively working towards’ your early childhood teaching qualification, you may still be counted towards the educator to child ratios.

Additional teacher registration requirements may also apply in your state or territory.