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Do you have authority to teach in early childhood?

3 August 2020

Centre-based services with children under school age must employ between 0.2 and two full-time registered early childhood teachers. The number of teachers employed is dependent on the number of children present.

A centre can also employ the holder of a Special Authority to Teach (different from a registered teacher). This authority is issued by the Teachers Registration Board upon personal application.

Each centre is responsible for understanding their obligations about when they must employ a registered teacher.

Registered teacher positions, and holders of special authorisations, can be filled in South Australia by:

Teachers:  who hold an early childhood teaching qualification approved by ACECQA and are registered with the Teachers Registration Board of South Australia

Non-registered teachers:  

  • who have completed at least 50% of an approved early childhood teaching qualification, with satisfactory progress towards completion and hold a Special Authority to Teach from the Teachers Registration Board OR
  • who hold an approved diploma-level qualification, with satisfactory progress towards completion of an early childhood teaching qualification and hold a Special Authority to Teach from the Teachers Registration Board.

Any educator filling an early childhood teacher role in South Australia must have either South Australian teacher registration or hold a Special Authority to Teach granted by the Teachers Registration Board of South Australia.

If a service does not have a registered early childhood teacher or an educator with a Special Authority to Teach, it must obtain a waiver from these requirements. Approved providers can apply for a waiver through their NQA IT System Portal.