Our Vision & Purpose
Future Tracks helps early childhood teachers (ECTs), educators and leaders enhance the quality and impact of their work
Our programs are designed to enhance and build on the existing knowledge and skills of the early childhood workforce. Future Tracks provides educators with tailored support, resources, networking and professional development opportunities that will help you take the next steps in your career, and stay connected with peers and colleagues across the sector.
We value the deep commitment of Australia’s educators and teachers to the wellbeing and development of children. We are passionate about unlocking new ways of thinking about quality, and what it looks like in practice.
We work with the sector to ensure current and future early childhood teachers and educators are supported throughout their careers – from educators beginning their Bachelor’s Degree through to experienced sector leaders.
The early childhood education sector is expanding and evolving. In Victoria alone, the State Government has predicted that an additional 4,000 teachers will be needed to support the rollout of three-year-old kindergarten. There has never been a better time to become an early childhood educator and teacher.
More and more Australian families are beginning to understand the lifelong impact of education in the early years of a child’s life. Early childhood educators and teachers play a crucial role in this development phase.
Early childhood professionals have a fun yet hugely important job. They design play-based, dynamic education programs to equip children with the skills needed to reach their full potential in the early years and beyond.
Where to from here? The future’s bright! As your skills grow, so do your career options. While Future Tracks works with early childhood educators, teachers and leaders, you can find out more about taking the first step into this career on the ACECQA website.
The demand for ECTs is being driven by factors including:
- a shortage in students enrolling in and graduating from teaching degrees
- changes in regulations under the National Quality Framework
- the progressive rollout of funded three-year-old preschool in Victoria.
With 38 per cent already having a Certificate III or IV, and 34.1 per cent have a Diploma or Advanced Diploma, helping diploma-educated workforce Upskill is one very practical way of working towards meeting this demand. An added benefit of this approach is that educators are already dedicated to their work and know both the challenges and rewards of the profession.
Opportunities for organisations
As demand for ECTs increases, so too will competition for talented teachers in the early childhood sector. It makes sense for organisations to invest in growing their existing talent, as well as recruiting externally, to keep up with the demand. See the Upskill Premium and Plus programs, to find out how to help your staff enhance their skills.
Every year, more than 60,000 Australian children (or one in five) start school with significant vulnerabilities. These might include family or financial struggles, emotional challenges or learning difficulties.
Many of these children have not had the opportunity to develop the foundational skills gained from early learning such as communication, relationship building, understanding instructions, and basic literacy and maths.
Participation in high-quality early childhood education increases the likelihood that children will start school with the tools they need to learn. Early childhood education is also widely accepted as helping to boost educational performance over the long term.
When it comes to families and children experiencing disadvantage and vulnerability, Future Tracks believes in a personalised and highly child-centric approach. Our programs are designed to enable early childhood teachers and educators to celebrate the unique contributions of all children and offer educational supports to help them to thrive.
The Commonwealth Government predicts Australia will need an extra 29,000 early childhood teachers by 2023