Government fails early childhood education

The NSW Government continues to underfund early childhood services as compared to other states and territories. The Auditor General in a recently released report found:

“That fees for families in NSW are higher and the NSW Government’s contribution per child is lower than in most other states and territories”.

The Auditor General’s Report also found that while access to early childhood programs has been increasing, the Government has continued to underspend the early childhood budget allocation.

The 2014-2015 fiscal year resulted in a $98.2 million underspend ($361.1 million was budgeted for and $262.9 million was spent). The report states that from 2011 to 2015 the NSW Government has underspent by $350.4 million.

This is certainly not new for our early childhood members who have been calling on government to increase funding particularly for preschool for a number of years.

Our members continue to meet with the Minister for Early Childhood, Leslie Williams and their local members to tell their stories of the underfunding of preschools and the effect it has on the community.

Until the NSW Government accepts that they must put more money into early childhood education, preschools in NSW will continue to have the highest fees and a lower participation rate than other states. Instead of building roads and tunnels, Mr Baird should invest in early childhood education – where for every dollar invested, there is substantial return.

All early childhood teachers have until 18 July to become accredited. If you are not accredited by this date you will not be able to be employed as an early childhood teacher in NSW.

Who must be accredited:
early childhood teachers (ECTs) who are currently employed in full time, part time or casual teaching positions in an approved early childhood education and care service and early intervention or inclusion support teachers who are engaged by an approved service
hold an early childhood teaching qualification approved or recognised by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA), and
deliver and assess against the Early Years Learning Framework.

What need to be done:
1. You must register online to create an account ( and complete the 10 step accreditation process.
2. Post your documents to BOSTES.
3. You will need to provide:

certified copies (Justice of the Peace signed) of your ACECQA approved or recognised teaching qualification
certified copies of two forms of identification, eg drivers licence, passport or birth certificate
evidence of a current NSW Working with Children Check clearance, and
a Statement of Service on employer letterhead, signed by your employer and verifying your engagement as an early childhood teacher in a NSW early childhood education and care service (please ensure the letter confirms the dates you have been working as an ECT at that service).

While you will not be officially accredited until 18 July, BOSTES will advise you if you have provided them with the correct information.
Any questions or queries contact or BOSTES. Contact