Under the National Quality Framework, 50 per cent of educators required to meet the relevant ratios in a centre based service working with children preschool age and under must have, or be actively working towards, at least an approved Diploma level education and care qualification.
All other educators required to meet the relevant ratios at the service must have, or be actively working towards, at least an approved Certificate III level education and care qualification.
“Actively working towards” a qualification means and employee is
- enrolled in an approved course and have commenced study
- making satisfactory progress towards completing the course, and
- meeting the requirements to maintain enrolment.
An employee must provide evidence from the registered training organisation that they are actively working towards a qualification.
An employee does not have to have a qualification if they are not part of the relevant educator to child ratios, however the service should always consider best practice and risk management if employing someone who is not qualified.