Current Service Providers and Educators

Early Childhood Scholarship Programs

Since the implementation of the National Quality Framework, the ACT Government has been working closely with the early childhood education and care sector to manage the ongoing developments, with particular attention being given to the changes in qualification requirements for early childhood educators.

In order to support the sector's commitment to continuous improvement under the NQF and against the National Quality Standards (NQS), the ACT Government currently delivers the Early Childhood Degree Scholarship Program.

Early Childhood (Certificate III) Scholarship Program

The Early Childhood (Certificate III) Scholarship Program was established in response to the need for workforce development to meet the requirement of the National Quality Framework that all educators must have or be actively working towards at least a minimum Certificate III qualification.

Scholarships were awarded on merit following assessment of all applications against specific criteria. Each scholarship included funding for:

  • full course fees paid to the registered training authority delivering the course;
  • a startup incentive payment of $300 and a completion incentive payment of $500 paid to each scholarship recipient;
  • employers to provide staff to backfill positions to release students to study during their working hours.

The final round of applicants will complete their Certificate III studies at the end of June 2018 concluding the Early Childhood (Certificate III) Scholarship Program.

Early Childhood Degree Scholarship Program

Since the implementation of the National Quality Framework the ACT Government has been working closely with the early childhood education and care sector to manage the ongoing developments, with particular attention being given to the changes in qualification requirement for early childhood educators.

In order to support the sector's commitment to continuous improvement under the NQF and against the National Quality Standards (NQS), the ACT Government currently delivers the Early Childhood Degree Scholarship Program. Current Degree Scholarship Program recipients are provided up to $6,000 over four consecutive years towards costs associated with attaining the early childhood teaching qualification, including:

  • purchase of leave for study release or attendance at classes
  • residential schools or practicum placements
  • Course-required materials, equipment, text books and other learning aids, and learning support services such as tutoring.

The Degree Scholarships under this program have been awarded in 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017. The Degree Scholarships program is currently closed to new applicants while a review and restructure of the program is undertaken. Information about the recommencement of the Degree Scholarship Program will be listed here in the near future.