Financial support

There’s never been a better time to start or further your early childhood career in preschool

South Australian residents studying Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) eligible early childhood qualifications can now access financial support to offset costs related to their study.

The QualifySA in Early Childhood Financial Support Program explained on this page is available to school leavers, career changers, existing students studying eligible early childhood qualifications, and educators looking to upskill.

You are eligible for financial support if you are:

  • a South Australian resident
  • studying or planning to study an eligible early childhood qualification
  • an Australian or New Zealand citizen.

If eligible, the program provides you with milestone payments throughout your study and into the initial years of your employment.

QualifySA in Early Childhood funding streams

There are 3 streams to the QualifySA in Early Childhood program, which are outlined in the menu below.

Apply for this financial support program if you are a South Australian resident enrolled and studying an approved early childhood bachelor or master’s degree, and intending to work as a teacher in the early years (preschool) sector in South Australia. This includes educators who are looking to upskill.

Financial support is available under this program for:

  • for bachelor degrees: up to $25,000
  • for master’s* degrees: up to $17,000

All amounts listed are before tax.

* Master’s applicants must possess an existing degree, that is not an early career teacher qualification recognised by ACECQA, unless otherwise approved by the Office for Early Childhood Development. Students studying a research Master’s are not eligible for this financial support program.

There are eligibility requirements you must meet so please read the financial support - teacher guidelines before applying online.

The step-by-step  guide for applying  for study support can help you check your eligibility and provides instructions on the application process.

Apply for this financial support program if you are a South Australian resident enrolled and studying an approved diploma of early childhood education, and intending to work as an educator in the early years (preschool) sector in South Australia.

Financial support is available under this program for diplomas. Up to $7000 (including up to $1000 for the employer of existing early childhood sector employees to offset costs such as back-filling during the participant's placement).

All amounts listed are before tax.

There are eligibility requirements you must meet so please read the financial support - educator guidelines before applying online.

The step-by-step  guide for applying  for study support can help you check your eligibility and provides instructions on the application process.

Apply for this financial support program if you are an eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person aspiring to become early childhood teacher or educator. This includes if you want to upskill or are currently studying.

Financial support is available under this program for:

  • bachelor degrees: up to $34,000
  • master’s* degrees: up to $24,000
  • diplomas: up to $9000 (including up to $1,000 for the employer of existing early childhood sector employees to offset costs such as back-filling during the participant's placement).

All amounts listed are before tax.

*Master’s applicants must possess an existing degree, that is not an early career teacher qualification recognised by ACECQA, unless otherwise approved by the Office for Early Childhood Development.

Students studying a research Master’s are not eligible for this financial support program.

There are eligibility requirements you must meet so please read the financial support - Aboriginal pathways guidelines.

Apply online for teacher support - Aboriginal pathways.

Apply online for educator support - Aboriginal pathways.

The step-by-step  guide for applying  for study support can help you check your eligibility and provides instructions on the application process.

The Grow Your Own allowance is available to support students in regional and remote areas who face barriers to accessing higher education. This program provides eligible students with up to $10,000 over the course of your study to help you pursue your education and build careers locally.

To be eligible for the Grow Your Own allowance, you must:

  • be recipients of financial support through the QualifySA in Early Childhood Funding Support Program
  • live and plan to work in a regional or remote community.

The administrator will determine your eligibility based on your residential address.

Application assessment process

The administrator will review completed applications and provide an outcome within about 3 weeks. If you're successful, you'll receive pre-approval. Once you’ve enrolled and sent evidence of your enrolment (post-Census date) to , you’ll receive final approval and the contract to progress your payments. We will only provide financial support once you provide necessary proof after the census date.

If you are unsuccessful, the administrator will contact you with feedback on your application.

Approved early childhood qualifications

To work in a family day care or centre based service with children preschool age and under, educators must hold, or in some circumstances be actively working towards an approved qualification.

Search the list of approved and former approved early childhood teaching, diploma and certificate III level qualifications on the ACECQA qualification checker.

Have a question?

Phone: 1300 050 509