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Early Childhood Teachers

All early childhood teachers working in an approved education and care service in South Australia need to be registered with the Teachers Registration Board of South Australia (the Board) or have authorisation from the Board to practice as a teacher.

An approved education and care service comprises –

  • pre-schools, kindergartens, early learning centres or
  • the provision of centre-based long day care services that consist of pre-school education to children birth to six, who have not yet commenced school.

You must have teacher registration in South Australia if you:

  • are employed as an early childhood teacher in an approved early childhood education and care service.

Registration recognises the professional standing of early childhood teachers in the community.

 

Background

On 1 January 2012, the Education and Care Services National Law 2010 (the National Law) and Regulations 2010 came into effect, which describe the regulatory requirements for education and care services for children in Australia.

 

Transitional provisions for early childhood teachers

The National Law contains a transitional provision for a person working as an early childhood teacher. This provision applies on and after 1 January 2012 and before 1 January 2018.

 

Are you eligible to be recognised as equivalent to an early childhood teacher?

You are eligible if you:

  • are actively working towards an accredited early childhood teaching qualification and can provide documentary evidence that you are at least 50% through a four year course or,
  • hold an approved Diploma and are enrolled in an accredited early childhood teacher education program.

You can check the updated list of approved early childhood teaching qualifications on the ACECQA website.

Please note, not all of these programs will be accepted for teacher registration in South Australia. If you are unsure about your qualifications meeting requirements, please contact us for further clarification.

 

If you employ an early childhood teacher

If you are the owner, director or manager of an approved education and care service within South Australia you are responsible for ensuring that all early childhood teachers employed at your site are registered with the Teachers Registration Board of South Australia (the Board).

The Board is responsible for the regulation of the teaching profession in South Australia. Each year the Board conducts an audit of all schools, pre-schools, and prescribed services in South Australia to ensure that only persons with current teacher registration or a Special Authority to Teach are employed as teachers. This includes early childhood teachers employed in long day care services.

The compliance audit will ask you to provide the full name, registration number and date of birth for all early childhood teachers employed at your site. If you have a current waiver from the Education and Early Childhood Services Registration and Standards Board you will be asked to provide details regarding this.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

You are taken to hold an approved early childhood teaching qualification if you were working in Term 4, 2011 in an approved service and acknowledged as an early childhood teacher by:

  • being recognised under the former Education and Care Services Law, or for the purposes of a preschool funding program as an early childhood teacher; or
  • holding a recognised qualification under the National Quality Framework; and are registered as a teacher under the Teachers Registration and Standards Act 2004 of South Australia.

If you are not employed as the early childhood teacher in the service you do not need to be registered.

No. You only need to be registered if you are employed as an early childhood teacher and hold an approved early childhood teaching qualification.