The NSW Government is supercharging the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector, supporting families with better access to world-class services, through a $281 million package in the 2022/23 Budget.

This package is designed to boost the supply of early childhood teachers and educators and includes new higher education and vocational education and training (VET) scholarships of up to $20,000. In addition, there will be employer supplements for staff retention and partnerships with tertiary and VET providers to create new pathways into early childhood careers.

NSW is leading the way on improvements for our youngest learners and their early childhood education, and that having quality educators is key to that. Early learning professionals are invaluable. The work they do sets our children up for brighter futures, which is why we are making a record investment in the early childhood education and care workforce.

Increasing and supporting the early childhood workforce will increase access to high quality early childhood education and care. It will give families greater choice and give more children the best start in life, as it will help ensure our youngest learners develop strong educational foundations ahead of starting school and have the opportunity to thrive as lifelong learners.

The system stewardship initiative will also enable the Department of Education to develop the data capabilities to understand key drivers of ECEC access, quality and affordability in NSW. It will also develop an ECEC sector support network to provide more information and support to services.