Qualifications and ratios
Find out about qualification requirements for staff, and educator to child ratios.
Child protection training
From 1 January 2012, all nominated supervisors and any certified supervisor (person with a supervisor certificate) who is placed in day to day charge of an education and care service in NSW must have completed an approved course in child protection.
Qualifications for educators
Under the NQF, there will be new requirements about qualified staff. These are:
|Type of service||Qualification||Starting date|
Centre based service educating and caring for children preschool age or under
At least 50% of the educators required to meet ratio requirements must have or be working towards at least an approved Diploma level qualification.
All other educators who are required to meet ratio requirements must have or b working towards at least a Certificate III level qualification.
|1 January 2014|
Family day care service
|Educators must have or be working towards at least a Certificate III level qualification. |
Family day care coordinators must have at least an approved Diploma level education and care qualification.
|1 January 2014|
There are a number of New South Wales and Commonwealth government initiatives to help workers in early childhood education and care services to get the qualifications they need. Find more information on the early childhood education and care training strategy.
First aid qualifications
Under the NQF, at least one of the educators in attendance at a centre-based service, and all family day care educators, must have an approved first aid qualification and, from 2013, have been trained in asthma and anaphylaxis management.
Educator to child ratios
Under the National Regulations, the following educator to child ratios will apply in NSW:
Centre based services
|Age of children||Educator to child ratio|
Birth to 24 months
|Over 24 months and less than 36 months|| |
1:8 until 31/12/15
Over 36 months and not yet attending school
Family day care services
- 1:7 for each family day care educator
- Until 31 December 2013 not more than 5 of the children can be preschool age or under.
- From 1 January 2014 not more than 4 of the children can be preschool age or under.