Financial support to study and work in early childhood

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

There are a range of generous scholarships available, whether you are starting your study, upskilling as an educator, or already studying an early childhood teaching qualification.

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

Three-Year-Old Kindergarten will create more than 6,000 new early childhood education jobs across Victoria, including over 4,000 teachers and 2,000 educators.

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Accelerated early childhood education program

Educators looking to take the next step in their career can apply for the new accelerated Bachelor of Early Childhood Education at Deakin University.

This innovative degree program means 76 Victorian educators can upskill to become an early childhood teacher in 18 months, instead of three years, through Deakin’s trimester model of delivery.

Eligible participants will also receive extra support within early childhood services, including mentorship and time release for study.

Students who commence the program in March 2021 would receive their degree and enter the early childhood workforce as qualified teachers in June 2022.

Register your interest in an accelerated learning program

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

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

A once-off $3,000 relocation payment will also be available to teachers who move 200km or more away from their current home.

Incentives are available for early childhood teacher roles in the local government areas of:

  • Alpine
  • Ararat
  • Campaspe
  • Central Goldfields
  • Colac-Otway
  • Corangamite
  • Gippsland
  • Glenelg
  • Hepburn
  • Indigo
  • Loddon
  • Murrindindi
  • Southern Grampians
  • Towong
  • West Wimmera.

If you're a qualified early childhood teacher and would like to take up a Three-Year-Old Kindergarten job and be eligible for an incentive of up to $50,000, email kinderreform@mcarthur.com.au

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 in a funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten
  • be accepting a position 100km or more from their current residence, or be moving from employment outside the early childhood education sector
  • not have previously received an incentive under this program
  • complete an online application to demonstrate they meet the above eligibility requirements.

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.

Some early childhood services in areas rolling out Three-Year-Old Kindergarten 2021 have been pre-approved to offer incentives to eligible candidates.

For more information about these positions, qualified early childhood teachers interested in working in one of the 2021 rollout areas can email kinderreform@mcarthur.com.au

How to apply

Apply for this incentive 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