National Early Years Workforce Strategy

What is the Early Years Workforce Strategy?

The national Early Years Workforce Strategy focuses on the skills and attributes of high quality early childhood educators. The Strategy complements, and builds upon, existing Commonwealth, state and territory government measures aimed at improving the supply and quality of the child care and early learning workforce.

What will the Strategy do?

The Strategy addresses five key areas relevant to early childhood education and care:

  • provide a professional early childhood education and care workforce
  • ensure a growing workforce to continue to meet community demand
  • aid early childhood educators to gain the qualifications and skills the workforce needs to continue to provide high quality care
  • foster the creation of a responsive workforce, one which can address the needs of all children
  • facilitate collaboration amongst members of the broader early childhood development workforce.

Why do we need a Strategy?

The Strategy will help build a highly-skilled and capable workforce, which is essential in fostering high-quality services and achieving the best outcomes for children. The Strategy provides the first commitment by all governments to an agreed vision and long-term framework for the child care and early learning workforce. It will be used to develop immediate areas of action and longer term policy options.

For more information about the Early Years Workforce Strategy, visit the Department of Education and Training website.

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