Foundation for a Productive Future Workforce

The provision of quality early childhood education and care services is one of the Northern Territory Government's major priorities. This is primarily because the sector goes far beyond providing care to develop children's literacy and numeracy, emotional, cognitive, language, problem-solving, and communication skills.

The Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) quarterly reports show a high percentage of quality rating for early childhood education and care services in the Northern Territory (NT). ISACNT's engagement with providers and peak bodies demonstrated a workforce with increased experience, and qualifications, with up-to-date industry-relevant skills underpinning the sector's success in achieving quality ratings.

However, the NT's children population (0-12) and the overwhelming increase in demand for early childhood education have risen recruitment, retention, and shortages in key occupations such as Child Care Worker, Early Childhood (Pre-primary) Teacher and Childcare Centre Manager. This development has created an enormous opportunity for workforce training and upskilling as well as enhanced the capacity of early childhood education to welcome new workers into the sector.

Click here to read ISACNT's detailed research of the early childhood education and care sector in the NT.