National Children’s Education and Care Workforce Strategy

The 10-year National Children’s Education and Care Workforce Strategy, Shaping our Future, aims to foster a sustainable and high-quality workforce of early childhood teachers and educators.

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Children’s education and care in the early years sets the foundations for lifelong learning and development. One of the most significant components of a quality early childhood education and care sector is a highly skilled, consistent, well-supported and professionally recognised workforce.

Read the national workforce strategy on ACECQA’s website.

About the strategy

The Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) facilitated the development of the new strategy.

It was co-designed with:

  • the early childhood education and care sector
  • the Australian Government
  • all state and territory governments
  • education and training providers
  • peak organisations
  • regulatory bodies.

Action plan

The strategy outlines short, medium and long-term actions across important focus areas of: 

  • professional recognition
  • attraction and attention
  • leadership and capability
  • wellbeing
  • qualifications and career pathways
  • data and evidence.

These actions build on the significant investment by all governments and the sector to date in workforce-related initiatives.

Next steps

All governments and the early childhood education and care sector are collectively responsible for implementing the strategy.

Governments and sector stakeholders will work together on implementation to achieve the strategy’s aims.

The strategy is designed to be a living document. Regular monitoring will ensure it can adapt and respond to emerging workforce challenges over the next ten years.

Read the national workforce strategy on ACECQA’s website.