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TQI registration encouraged for ECTs

08 May 2024

Image of a teacher in a playground
Maryia Shoesmith from Woden Valley Early Learning Centre, who is working towards an Early Childhood degree.

Early Childhood Teachers can now choose to register with the Teacher Quality Institute (TQI) – and to encourage them to do so, it will be free.

TQI is waiving  the standard $115 annual fee for the first two years of implementation (starting 1 April 2024) to encourage more registrations in this important workforce.

Recent amendments to the Education Act recognise that children start learning from birth. Teachers working in ECEC settings holding an approved Early Childhood Teaching qualification can now also choose to hold teacher registration.

This initiative is identified under the Professional Recognition focus in the ACT Government’s Valuing Educators, Values Children: A Workforce Strategy for the ACT Early Childhood Education and Care Profession (2023-25).

Teacher Quality Institute CEO Lyndall Read said she believed it is important for Early Childhood Teachers to have professional recognition for the quality teaching and development facilitated in the early years.

“Since 2011, to work in any school in the ACT teaching kindergarten to year 12, teachers must hold teacher registration with the Teacher Quality Institute,” Ms Read said. “Registration has not previously been available to teachers working in Early Childhood Education and Care settings – but now they can and we are encouraging them to do so by waiving the registration fee.”

“Early Childhood Teacher Registration will also bring opportunities for early childhood educators to engage and connect through facilitated networks, TQI support sessions and events and professional learning offerings. Registered early childhood teachers will be able to engage with Certification at Highly Accomplished or Lead Teacher levels.”