2021 early childhood teacher career supports

Support for early childhood teachers

The Department is providing a range of supports for early childhood teachers in 2021, designed to help you develop your practice and build your professional identity. We encourage you to visit this page regularly to discover and sign up to new programs as they are released.

Free interactive webinars for first-year early childhood teachers

The Department is funding a series of free interactive webinars tailored to meet the needs of ECTs in their first months of teaching. These events will provide you with practical information and tips to help you get the most out of this exciting stage of your career. You will hear directly from the experts on strategies that are relevant to your daily work life as a teacher.

Each topic will run twice, so you only need to register for one session of any topic you're interested in attending.

Term One

Webinar One - Who am I in the world of children? – Cultivating our professional identity with Kirsty Liljegren

Time 1 - Professional Identity – Wednesday 17 February 2021 from 3.30pm – 4.30pm

Time 2 - Professional Identity - Tuesday 23 February 2021 from 3.30pm – 4.30pm

Webinar Two - Relationships with children: being known, being heard with David Gilkes

Time 1 - Relationships with children and families – Monday 1 March 2021 from 3.30pm – 4.30pm

Time 2 - Relationships with children and families – Tuesday 12 March 2021 from 3.30pm – 4.30pm

Webinar Three - Relationships with peers and colleagues: the key to success with Dr Anne Kennedy

Time 1 - Relationships with peers and colleagues – Thursday 25 March 2021 from 3.30pm – 4.30pm

Time 2 - Relationships with peers and colleagues – Monday 29 March 2021 from 3.30pm – 4.30pm

Term Two

Webinar Four - Preparing for your own wellbeing – self-care strategies for the exciting early days of teaching with Lisa Baker 

Time 1 - Promoting your own wellbeing – Tuesday 4 May 2021 from 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Time 2 - Promoting your own wellbeing – Monday 10 May 2021 from 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Webinar Five –Managing different approaches to pedagogy with colleagues

Time 1 - Managing different approaches to pedagogy with colleagues – Monday 24 May 2021 from 3.30pm – 4.30pm

Time 2 - Managing different approaches to pedagogy with colleagues – Tuesday 1 June 2021 from 3.30pm – 4.30pm

Beginning Teacher Conferences


Beginning Teacher Conferences will run in August this year. Check back here from June 2021 for more information and advice on how to register to attend.

Links to other supports

Mentoring for ECTs – Help is available for provisionally registered teachers to be guided through the process to move to full teacher registration with the assistance of a mentor.

Funding to support provisionally registered ECTs - Funding is available for early childhood services to support provisionally registered ECTs to move to full registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching.

Financial support to study and work in early childhood - Incentives of between $9,000 and $50,000 are available for ECTs to take up positions in regional areas rolling out the nation-leading Three-Year-Old Kindergarten reform in 2021.