Free TAFE for Early Childhood Educators

Introducing universal three-year-old kinder is one of the biggest social reforms in this state’s history. But we know that we need to train people to deliver it.

That is why Labor will make another two early childhood TAFE courses free to ensure we can meet this demand and help passionate people to become highly skilled early educators.

Labor will invest $67.6 million into the project as part of the Building Better TAFEs Fund which will see facilities and campuses rebuilt around Victoria, making sure that every community has a great local TAFE.
The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care and Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care would become free under a re-elected Labor Government, helping to support the huge job growth expected as part of Labor’s plan to introduce universal three-year-old kindergarten.

This is a big reform, and it needs a massive workforce investment to support it. We estimate that the three-year- old kinder reforms will create almost 7,000 jobs, with 4,900 additional kinder teachers and more than 2,000 additional early childhood educators needed over the next 11 years.

To further support this demand Labor will also provide over 8,000 scholarships for people studying to become kinder teachers at university.