Scholarships and incentives for early childhood professionals

Scholarships and incentives are available for individuals looking to start a rewarding career as an early childhood teacher. Those choosing to become an early childhood teacher will play an important role in implementing subsidised kindergarten programs for all three-year-olds across Victoria over the next 10 years.

From 6 April 2019, any new scholarship applications will be assessed using new guidelines which are available here: pdf (263.31kb) docx (90.45kb)

Under the new guidelines, individuals wishing to undertake study or who began studying an eligible bachelor or postgraduate teaching qualification after January 2017 can apply for a scholarship.

For a full list of early childhood education qualifications approved by Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) from Certificate III through to postgraduate qualifications, see: Approved early childhood qualifications

Early childhood teacher scholarships and employment milestone payments
(bachelor degree and postgraduate qualifications)

This scholarship is for eligible individuals wanting to study to become an early childhood teacher. This is open to those who have never worked or studied in early childhood as well as current educators looking to upskill. People who are already studying an approved bachelor or post-graduate qualification and commenced study after January 2017 can also apply for a scholarship.

To apply for this scholarship, see: early childhood scholarships application portal.

Early childhood Aboriginal pathway scholarships and employment milestone payments (Certificate III to postgraduate level qualifications)

This scholarship is for eligible Aboriginal people wanting to become an early childhood educator, early childhood teacher or upskill.

Those completing vocational training must enrol in one of the following eligible courses:

  • Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113)
  • Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50113).

These applicants are encouraged to consider studying at their local TAFE or alternative compliant registered training organisation.

To apply for this scholarship, see: early childhood scholarships application portal.

Hear from students and teachers talking about becoming an early childhood teacher in the videos below.

Early childhood teacher incentives

Employment incentives will soon be available to attract existing teachers in the initial six roll-out local government areas for subsidised kindergarten for three-year-olds:

  • Buloke Shire
  • Hindmarsh Shire
  • Northern Grampians Shire
  • South Gippsland Shire
  • Strathbogie Shire
  • Yarriambiack Shire.

Further information about these incentives will be available in the coming weeks. If you would like to register your interest, please contact 1300 651 662 or email

Existing and past scholarship recipients

Scholarships and incentives are delivered by Early Childhood Australia Victoria Branch on behalf of the Department of Education and Training. For more information, please contact  1300 651 662 or email: