Financial support to study and work in early childhood

Financial support in the form of scholarships and employment incentives are available for people looking for a rewarding career in the early childhood sector.

Whether you are starting your study, upskilling as an educator, or already studying an early childhood teaching qualification there are a range of scholarships available. People wishing to undertake study or who began studying an eligible bachelor or postgraduate teaching qualification after January 2017 are encouraged to apply. 

Those choosing to work in early childhood will play an important role in implementing funded universal kindergarten programs for all three-year-olds across Victoria over the next 10 years.

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Scholarships and financial incentives available

 

Early childhood scholarships and incentives program

This scholarship is for eligible individuals wanting to study a bachelor degree or postgraduate qualification to become an early childhood teacher.

Who can apply

Applications are open to:

How to apply

Apply for this scholarship on the early childhood scholarships and incentives application portal

Early childhood Aboriginal pathway scholarships

This scholarship is for eligible Aboriginal people wanting to become an early childhood educator or early childhood teacher, including those looking to 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).

The study component of scholarships will not be available for the Certificate III in and Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care being studied in a TAFE setting once these courses become funded courses through the free TAFE initiative in 2020. For further information, see: Free TAFE

Aboriginal people studying a free TAFE course can however apply for a scholarship to receive employment milestone payments at the completion of their course.

Scholarships for the Certificate III and Diploma qualifications will continue to be available for Aboriginal people studying at non-TAFE registered training organisations.

How to apply

Apply for this scholarship on the early childhood scholarships and incentives application portal

Early childhood teacher incentives

The locations where incentives are available will change each year in line with the roll-out of funded kindergarten for three-year-olds.

Who can apply

To be eligible to receive an incentive payment, early childhood teachers must:

  • be registered with the Victorian Institute of Teaching
  • provide confirmation from their employer that they are filling a vacancy at a service that is rolling out a funded kindergarten program for three-year-olds.

Priority will be given, with available resources, to:

  • people who are not currently working as a kindergarten teacher in a roll-out area
  • people taking on positions with higher working hours, such as full-time roles. 

Teachers do not need to have received a scholarship to be eligible for an incentive payment. Additionally, eligible teachers may receive both a scholarship and an incentive payment.

How to apply

Apply for this scholarship on the early childhood scholarships and incentives application portal

Program guidelines

Early childhood scholarships and incentives program guidelines

Choosing a career in early childhood

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

More information

Scholarships and incentives are delivered by BUSY At Work on behalf of the Department of Education and Training.

For more information, contact 1300 161 396 or email: EC.Financial.Support@edumail.vic.gov.au