Supporting our workforce

The Department of Education is committed to attracting more staff to the early childhood education and care sector, retaining current teachers and educators and providing more opportunities for existing workers to upskill.

The department acknowledges early childhood educators and teachers for their dedication and commitment to the lives of children and families in NSW.


A number of scholarships, including scholarships of up to $25,000, have been developed to encourage new professionals to train for a rewarding career in early childhood education and care, and to support current educators to take the next step in their career.

Find out more about ECEC scholarships.

Streamlined pathways

The department is working closely with universities, registered training organisations and employers to deliver innovative and accelerated career pathways that better support teachers and educators to upskill.

This will include supporting Certificate III qualified-staff to study diplomas and diploma-qualified staff to study bachelor qualifications.

Support through the Fund

The early childhood education and care workforce will be a key priority for the Childcare and Economic Opportunity Fund, which represents an investment of $5 billion over 10 years.

Find out more about the Childcare and Economic Opportunity Fund.

Early childhood education and care careers

If you're interested in kickstarting a career in ECEC, or if you're an existing educator or teacher looking to upskill, visit our dedicated Early Childhood Careers page for information, resources and development opportunities.

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