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Early childhood education and care is a growing, dynamic sector with opportunities to enter and expand your career in a range of stimulating and professionally rewarding ways.

To further assist in growing the early childhood sector in the Northern Territory (NT), we have developed the Early Years Rewarding Careers initiative.

Early Years Rewarding Careers offers several pathways into the early childhood education and care sector. There are opportunities to undertake work experience and work placement in early years school environments as well as quality education and care settings.

If you are a school student in the NT, the vocational education and training package for senior secondary students is currently operating in Darwin, Nhulunbuy, Katherine and Alice Springs. If you are interested in undertaking a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care contact your school VET Coordinator or Careers Advisor to obtain an application form.

If you are a local Aboriginal person, we also provide traineeships for those who are passionate about educating young children.

For more information on these pathways email

If you an Aboriginal person currently studying an early childhood teaching course at Charles Darwin University, you may be eligible to apply for an Aboriginal Teacher Education Scholarship. For more information visit scholarships.

In addition, there are many opportunities available to both VET qualified and Bachelor qualified educators to work in the long day care sector.

Look at how to apply and experience the joy of working with NT children aged from birth to five years.

Families as First Teachers (FaFT)

FaFT employs qualified early childhood teachers and Aboriginal family liaison officers to provide quality early learning and build parent capacity for families with young children. FaFT staff are trained as Abecedarian Approach Australia 3a certified practitioners. This training is provided by us.

A career in early childhood education could include employment within FaFT across 5 urban and 33 remote communities in the NT.

The FaFT program is an early learning and family support program for vulnerable and disadvantaged families and children. FaFT helps build strong learning foundations for children aged 0-4, improves health and wellbeing outcomes, and prepares children to transition to preschool.

The FaFT Family Educator designs, develops and implements services to support early learning and parenting to meet the needs of a specific community. FaFT educators work with the school and community families. FaFT programs work across agencies to promote optimal child development, family engagement in early learning and family support that is respectful of parenting and cultural dynamics.

Look at how to apply.

Minimum qualification requirements for Early Childhood Careers

Early Childhood Classroom Teacher or FaFT Educator

Bachelor of Early Childhood Teaching

Preschool Assistant

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care


Certificate III in Education Support

Educator in a long day care service

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Download our Early Years Rewarding Careers Guide, which showcases NT professionals and highlights their career experiences and learning pathways.