Boosting the early childhood workforce for the future

Scholarships are available for aspiring early childhood educators.

With a record number of scholarship recipients announced today, more than 1,000 aspiring early childhood educators in NSW are on their way to a rewarding career supporting the state’s littlest learners.

Thanks to the NSW Government’s record investment in the Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) workforce, more than 18,000 early childhood educators and teachers will be supported over the next four years.

Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell said the NSW Government is investing $281.6 million to expand the early childhood workforce, allowing families with young children to have increased access to quality early childhood education and care services across the state.

“We want to build a stronger and brighter future for NSW families, and we know that building our early childhood workforce is a no-brainer,” Ms Mitchell said.

“These scholarships will support recipients with financial costs that come with deepening their understanding of early childhood environments and gain additional skills and capabilities.

“I would like to congratulate all the successful scholarship recipients from this year and commend them on choosing early childhood education as a profession, their work is invaluable.”

The scholarships are part of the NSW Government’s once in a generation reform of the early childhood sector, with more than $15.9 billion invested through the Early Years Commitment.

Scholarships awarded since 30 June 2022:

  • 439 recipients, Early Childhood Education Scholarships, round one (up to $25,000)
  • 494 recipients, Early Childhood Education Scholarships, round two (up to $25,000)
  • 76 recipients, Early Childhood Inclusive Education Scholarships (up to $20,000)

The NSW Government has committed $15.9 billion to deliver a brighter future for every child in NSW through a revolutionary transformation of early childhood education, child development and women’s economic participation over the next decade.

Through the introduction of a universal pre-Kindergarten year, the Brighter Beginnings initiative, workforce package and affordable preschools the Liberals and Nationals Government are ensuring NSW is the best state to live, work and raise a family.

Read more about the Early Years Commitment.

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