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Answering your questions

We recommend you read all of  the following information. It addresses many of the questions early childhood teachers (ECTs) are asking when they call or email us.

What will accreditation mean for teachers in the early childhood sector?

Accreditation recognises the professional standing of teachers in the community and early childhood teachers will be recognised as teaching professionals alongside NSW school teachers.

Who must be accredited from 18 July?

ECTs who:

  • are currently employed in full time, part time or casual positions in an approved early childhood education and care service, and
  • hold an early childhood teaching qualification that is approved or recognised by the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA), and
  • deliver and assess against the Early Years Learning Framework.

I intend to or have started working as an early childhood teacher in an approved centre-based service for the first time after 1 October 2016. How do I get accredited?

Step 1: Register online to create an account.

Step 2: Log in to complete the 10-step Apply for Accreditation process and click 'submit'.

Step 3: Post your documents to us.

You need to provide:

  • certified (Justice of the Peace signed) copies of your ACECQA approved or ACECQA recognised early childhood teaching qualification
  • certified (Justice of the Peace signed) copies of two forms of identification, eg drivers licence, passport or birth certificate (marriage certificate if applicable)
  • a current NSW Working with Children Check clearance.

Our address is:

Early Childhood Teacher Accreditation
GPO Box 5300
SYDNEY NSW 2001

We will review your documents and email you confirmation of your provisional or conditional accreditation. Once accredited, you will have up to five years to demonstrate you meet the requirements for full accreditation at Proficient Teacher.

Is accreditation mandatory or voluntary for me?

You must be accredited if you are employed as an ECT in an approved early childhood education and care service eg: preschool or long day care, in line with the Teacher Accreditation Act 2004.

If you work in the sector as a consultant, early years advisor, administrative person or a university/TAFE teacher, you could be eligible for voluntary accreditation. Accreditation is voluntary if you are an ECT working in a non-service based role in the early childhood sector and you have previously worked as an ECT in a service. 

I am currently working as an ECT and was employed as an ECT prior to 1 October 2016, how do I apply for accreditation?

Register online to create an account and complete the 10-step Apply for Accreditation process.

You then need to post:

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

Our address is:

Early Childhood Teacher Accreditation
GPO Box 5300
SYDNEY  NSW  2001

BOSTES will review your documents and email you confirmation of your Proficient Teacher accreditation.

What are the requirements for maintaining Proficient Teacher accreditation?

All NSW teacher accredited at Proficient Teacher are required to maintain their accreditation.

More information on maintenance requirements is available.

I am already provisionally or conditionally accredited and currently on a Leave of Absence from accreditation and working in an early childhood setting. What do I need to do?

Email us now to ensure your accreditation status is reactivated.

In most cases, as a teacher with active accreditation you will already have provided us with your qualifications and proof of identification. If this is the case you will need to provide BOSTES with:

  • a current NSW Working with Children Check clearance, and
  • a signed Statement of Service from your employer on letterhead, verifying your employment as an ECT in an approved NSW early childhood education and care service (please ensure the letter confirms the dates you have been working as an ECT at that service).

Plesae send these documents along with your Teacher Accreditation Number - by email or post to:

Early Childhood Teacher Accreditation
GPO Box 5300
SYDNEY  NSW  2001

You will be contacted if further information or documentation is required.

I completed my early childhood teaching qualification many years ago. Will I be eligible for accreditation as an early childhood teacher?

You will need to consult ACECQA’s list of approved qualifications to ensure your qualification has been approved or recognised by ACECQA. If your qualification does not appear on the ACECQA approved list, you can apply to ACECQA for individual recognition. A certified copy of ACECQA's recognition of your qualification should be provided along with your qualification.

I have a Working with Children Check (WWCC) clearance granted under the old system. Do I need a new WWCC clearance to be accredited?

No, you only need to apply for a new NSW Working with Children Check clearance if you were employed after 15 June 2013 or you have changed employer since that date. This aligns with the requirements of the Office of the Children's Guardian.

I am a Director of a long day care with an ACECQA approved early childhood teaching qualification but I do not teach in my service. Should I be accredited?

We recommend you become accredited because it gives you the flexibility to teach in an early childhood service, now or in the future (for example: to fill in for a staff member who is sick or on leave, you must be accredited).

I have an ACECQA approved early childhood teaching qualification but I am employed as a Diploma level educator in my service. Can I be accredited at Proficient Teacher?

No. To be accredited you need to be employed as an early childhood teacher. If you have been employed as an ECT in the last five years or are employed and prior to 1 October 2016 you can apply for Proficient Teacher accreditation.

I am employed in a role where I support an early childhood service to deliver the Early Years Learning Framework, but I am not currently teaching in a service. Do I need to be accredited?

You can be accredited on a voluntary basis if you are working in the early childhood sector in a non-service based role and you have previously been an ECT in a service. We recommend you become accredited because it gives you the flexibility to work across a range of roles in the early childhood sector. Requirements for those seeking voluntary accreditation can be found below.

I am currently on leave from my position as an early childhood teacher and I plan to return to teach sometime in the future. Will I be eligible for accreditation?

ECTs who return to teach between 18 July 2016 and 17 July 2021 from a break of less than five years will be eligible to be accredited at Proficient Teacher. You should contact us as soon as you return to teaching. You will need to provide evidence of your period of leave from your employer. Teachers who return from a break of more than five years are required to be provisionally or conditionally accredited.

I have not worked as an early childhood teacher for more than five years but I would like to return to teach in 2017. Will I be eligible for accreditation?

ECTs who return to teach from a break of five or more years are required to be provisionally or conditionally accredited.

Is there an accreditation fee?

Yes. Accredited NSW teachers pay an annual tax deductible fee. The fee is currently $100. Fees are used for induction and support for beginning teachers, ongoing professional learning for teachers and to improve the quality of initial teacher education programs.

Accredited teachers in early childhood settings will not be invoiced for the 2016 calendar year. BOSTES will post an invoice to you at the end of 2016 for the 2017 calendar year. It is important to ensure the postal and email address you have on your accreditation record is up to date.

What is a Statement of Service?

A Statement of Service verifies your employment as an ECT at an approved NSW early childhood education and care service (whether it is casual, part time or full time).

For Mandatory Accreditation your Statement of Service must:

  • be on employer letterhead
  • confirm you have been employed as an ECT
  • confirm the dates you have been working as an ECT at that service
  • be signed by your employer.

For  Voluntary Accreditation you must provide evidence of current employment in the early childhood sector and previous employment as an ECT.

Current employment:

Your Statement of Service from your current employer must:

  • be on employer letterhead
  • confirm your current role in the early childhood education and care sector
  • confirm that in your current role you are employed to undertake at least one of the following:
    • duties relating to the development or implementation of the curriculum for early childhood education
    • duties relating to the learning and well-being of children attending approved early childhood education and care services
    • duties relating to curriculum teaching and learning in an approved early childhood education and care service
    • duties of an early childhood education lecturer or tutor in a NSW university or other higher education institution
    • duties of an educational consultant for approved early childhood education and care services.
  • confirm the dates you have been employed in this role with your current employer
  • be signed by your current employer.

Previous employment:

Your previous employment as an ECT can be confirmed with a Statement of Service from your previous employer and must:

  • be on employer letterhead
  • confirm your previous role as an ECT in that early childhood service
  • confirm the dates you worked in that role with your previous employer
  • be signed by your previous employer.

OR

You can provide alternative evidence of your previous employment as an ECT:

  • a pay slip (or equivalent salary information) from the service where you previously worked, or
  • an email declaration from you stating your name, date of birth, dates employed as an ECT and the name and address of each service you worked at.