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The Pilbara Educator Recognition Program (ERP) 

This pilot program is designed to improve the professional recognition of the Early Childhood Education and Care workforce entrusted to care for our children. 

Chronic shortages of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) places throughout Western Australia continue to impact many working families. The reason for these ECEC shortages of places is caused by a shortage of Educators. 

A problem in the ECEC workforce means a problem for workforces across the state, because when ECEC services find it harder and harder to attract and retain Educators, services will be forced to close, reduce hours, or accept less children. 

There is an urgent need to attract more people into the profession and ensure a sustainable sector for generations of children to come. By retaining staff with increased wages and investing in training and upskilling teams, we can help fix the issue. 

The ERP is being rolled out in the Pilbara as a pilot program to support the workforce in the area; it is a game changing opportunity to drive the overall professionalisation of the sector. 

Key objectives of the ERP include: 

  • improve staff attraction, retention & recognition 
  • strengthen local skill capability to ensure a sustainable workforce 
  • increase availability of early learning places for families 
  • build upon quality improvements for children 
  • improve educator commitment to their professional journeys 
  • advocate for broader systems change for the Education and Care Sector

An opportunity to access increased wages, professional development, career pathways and more.

This Pilbara pilot program is for educators at the following centres participating in Thriving Futures in Port Hedland and Newman:

  • Newman Day Care Centre 
  • Rose Nowers Early Learning Centre 
  • Treloar Child Care Centre 
  • YMCA Newman Early Learning Centre 
  • YMCA Port Hedland Early Learning Centre 

Be the change you want to see in the Early Childhood Education and Care sector and be financially rewarded for it!


 Through the ERP, educators have the opportunity to upskill through free professional development, scholarships and ongoing mentoring. 

Most of the professional development and mentoring is offered during work hours and won’t cost extra time at home. 

Educators will have access to the following benefits: 

  • wage supplements 
    • wage supplements (tied to the individual participant’s level of formal education) are awarded every quarter based on commitment to a structured Continued Professional Development (CPD) program. 
  • improved formal qualifications 
    • qualification incentives based on higher education attainment. Scholarships provided and qualification incentives paid upon successful completion.
      • Certificate III to Diploma to university degree
      • Career Entry Scholarships 
  • increased access for children to be engaged in high quality learning environments 
    • added incentives designed to improve quality of care and increase overall availability of access for children 
  • career development pathways 
  • professional development 
  • scholarships & mentoring 

Together we can ensure Early Childhood Education and Care supply is adequate for families.

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