More than 400 aspiring early childhood teachers across NSW are set to receive a
cash boost to complete their higher education studies thanks to investment from the
NSW Government.

Member for Manly James Griffin MP said almost $11 million has been invested from
the NSW 2022/23 Budget to deliver scholarships to support educators in entering the
workforce or to boost their skills as degree qualified early childhood teachers.

“Every successful applicant will be awarded up to $25,000 and I am so pleased that
three early learning professionals in Manly will benefit from it.” Mr Griffin said.

“This record investment into the early childhood education workforce will support the
Government’s commitment of addressing workforce supply issues and build a
sustainable pipeline of future early childhood teachers.”

These scholarships will help create a viable supply of early learning professionals
under the 2022-23 Early Childhood Education Scholarships Program and Aboriginal
Early Childhood Education Scholarships program.

Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell MLC said one third of all
successful scholars live and work in regional and remote areas across the state,
which will help create lasting benefits now and into the future for all NSW children,
families and the economy.

“With submissions from hundreds of talented applicants, many already working in
community preschools and long day care services, it’s great to support these
applicants to retrain or start their early childhood career,” Ms Mitchell said.

“These scholarships will support recipients to deepen their understanding of early
childhood environments, and gain additional skills and capabilities which will be
passed on to the children they teach.

“I congratulate the scholars on their commitment to education and I wish them every
success in their studies and future careers as qualified early childhood teachers.”

More than 18,000 prospective early childhood teachers and carers will be supported
to enter the sector or boost their skills thanks to a $281.6 million workforce package
in the NSW Government’s 2022/23 Budget.

The NSW Government has committed $15.9 billion to deliver a brighter future for
every child in NSW through a revolutionary transformation of early childhood
education, child development and women’s economic participation over the next
decade. Through the introduction of a universal pre-Kindergarten year, the Brighter
Beginnings initiative, workforce package and affordable preschools the Liberals and
Nationals Government are ensuring NSW is the best state to live, work and raise a

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