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NSW Govt pledges $23m for early childhood educator scholarships

More than 5,500 aspiring early childhood educators are set to receive a financial boost with the announcement of a new NSW Government-backed scholarship today.

The NSW Government has pledged $23.5 million to provide scholarships worth up to $3,000 for students studying a Certificate III and up to $5,000 for a Diploma qualification.

Minister for Education and Early Learning, Sarah Mitchell said the new VET scholarships are part of the NSW Government’s $281.6 million package announced in the Budget early this year to attract, retrain and support early childhood educators and teachers in NSW.  

“Our early childhood workforce is critical to delivering a quality early learning for our youngest learners, and these scholarships will help attract and retain this important workforce,” Ms Mitchell said.  

“The scholarships will work in conjunction with the 25,000 fee-free places for a Cert III or Diploma qualification, which means scholarship recipients will receive a cash boost to support their studies in addition to not having to pay course fees. 

“I encourage our existing Certificate III workforce to take up this extra support on offer, whether you’re in the public, private, long day care, preschool, family day care or outside school hours care (OSHC) sectors. 

“Early childhood education and care professionals make all the difference to the lives of children and families in NSW, and this new initiative will help this critical workforce to grow and upskill.”  

Minister for Skills and Training, Alister Henskens said the scholarships will work in conjunction with the 25,000 fee-free training places for a Certificate III or Diploma qualifications.

“Since August, the NSW Government has delivered thousands of fee-free places to bolster the pipeline of skilled and job-ready workers for the early childhood education sector,” Mr Henskens said.

“These scholarships will help people upskill and provide a welcome cash boost to assist with their studies, which in turn supports their ongoing education and employment pathways.”

The scholarship round will be open from 15 November 2022 to 15 January 2023. 

Current and aspiring educators are encouraged to explore the new dedicated Early Childhood Careers section of the Department of Education’s website

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