Paving the way for a fully qualified early learning workforce
Budget 2020 provides $278.2 million to restore the 100% funding band for teacher-led Early Childhood Education (ECE) services, as part of the Government’s COVID-19 response and economic recovery.
The new 100% funding rates will apply from 1 January 2021.
The initiative creates a distinct funding difference between centres employing a fully certificated workforce and centres using 80-99% certificated staff.
COVID-19 is likely to lower demand for early learning services. Reinstating 100% funding rates should maintain employment opportunities for qualified and certificated teachers in an environment when fewer services are likely to be operating.
Reinstating the 100% funding band is also one of the top action points in the Early Learning Action Plan (external link) .
Research shows that high quality early learning can improve young children’s learning and developmental outcomes, particularly for children in low socio-economic groups and that qualified teachers can make a difference to the quality of teacher-child interactions.
In 2018, around 400 centres (13% of teacher-led centres) employed a fully qualified and certificated workforce.
To calculate the funding rates, the same funding difference for 80-99% and 100% funding rates from 2010/11 was added to 80%+ education and care centres’ funding rates from 1 January 2020, and kindergarten funding rates from 1 July 2020. This creates a distinct price differential for centres using 80-99% certificated teachers and centres with 100% qualified and certificated teachers.
The new 100% rates increase the 80-99% funding band that will be in place in January 2021 by an average of 6.2% for kindergartens and 5.1% for education and care centres. Eligible centres will receive the increased payments in November 2020 advance funding to cover January and February 2021.
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