Future Tracks is a new social enterprise designed to attract and support the next generation of early childhood teachers by providing strong career pathways, mentoring and leadership opportunities to students while they complete a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. After the first year, students earn a good income while working in an early learning centre.
The Australian Government predicts that there will be between 25,000 and 50,000 new jobs in early childhood education by 2022. This is a 20% increase in the number of bachelor’s degree qualified teachers currently needed.
Early childhood teachers design a playful, dynamic education program for children to reach their full potential. They are key to supporting and guiding young children as they learn and develop at the time when their brains are building millions of neural pathways.
A job that is in high demand: Australia urgently needs more high quality early learning professionals to meet growing demands. Jobs will increase across a range of settings from early learning centres to providing professional support for families or communities.
Learn about how children develop and thrive: Early childhood teachers have deep knowledge of neuroscience and the brain and apply their knowledge to recognise and support children’s needs.
Excellent career pathways in lots of areas: As well as a career as a teacher, you could move towards directing a learning centre or working in policy and research – there are lots of options. Start your own social enterprise or build a new program.
Leadership development and mentoring: Future Tracks will provide you with excellent mentoring to support your development as a leader so that you can be part of a new community creating change around Australia.
Earn a good income during study: Future Tracks students will earn a salary as they work during the program either in an early learning centre or in other settings as the program evolves.
Be active and interactive at work: Early childhood teachers are connecting with children, parents and their professional community to co-create stimulating experiences for children as they play, socialise and learn new skills.
Freedom and flexibility around where and when you work: Work close to home or move to new places and avoid the standard 9-to-5 job.