Applications are now open for the early childhood scholarships program.

400 scholarships will be provided to assist people wanting to pursue a career as an early childhood teacher. School leavers are invited to apply with eligible recipients receiving up to $26,250 towards a bachelor qualification.

Early childhood teachers and educators play a critical role in the first years of children’s lives by laying the foundations for lifelong learning and future success.

The number of jobs in the early childhood education sector are growing, so there has never been a better time to consider a career educating our youngest Victorians.

There are two scholarship options available:

Early childhood scholarships to become a teacher (bachelor degree and postgraduate qualifications) are available for eligible individuals wanting to study to become a registered early childhood teacher and work in a Victorian approved centre-based early childhood service.

Early childhood Aboriginal pathway scholarships (Certificate III to postgraduate level qualifications) are available for eligible Aboriginal people wanting to become an early childhood teacher or educator and work in the early childhood sector.

Scholarship recipients who gain employment as an early childhood teacher in a specified regional or rural location in Victoria may also be eligible for an additional payment of up to $3,750.

For more information and guidelines: