The STEM Detectives Accreditation Framework has been created to support Early Childhood and OSHC Services to implement a whole of service approach to embedding STEM in their daily practice, philosophy, policies and programs.

The Framework is flexible and provides guidance, support and professional development opportunities for Early Childhood, Out of School Hours Care and Primary School Educators. This helps to build confidence in your STEM practice, providing engaging STEM learning opportunities for children through play and inquiry-based learning.

It builds on your strengths and helps identify opportunities to further embed STEM across your service and with your community.

What are the benefits for your Service?

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  • A framework reflecting the needs of your service;

  • Improved capacity and confidence of educators in STEM learning and practice;

  • Whole of Service approach encouraging reflective practice, continuous improvement, staff and community engagement;

  • Clear links to Early Years Learning Framework and My Time Our Place Framework;

  • Minimal additional documentation (we use the evidence you already have);

  • Guidance for families to support children develop foundational STEM thinking skills;

  • Encourage a love of STEM in young children through inquiry-based learning and PLAY; and

  • Promote your service as one that values and supports STEM thinking and the development of 21C skills.


What's involved?

The STEM Detectives Accreditation Framework has 3 Levels

  • Level 1: Building - knowledge, skills & capacity

  • Level 2: Experimenting - embedding in daily practice policy and procedures

  • Level 3: Collaborating - sharing, modelling and demonstrating best practice and community engagement

Choose the Level you'd like to apply for.

  • Complete the STEM Detectives Professional Development

  • Gather your evidence (it's all things you already have).

  • Apply within 12 months of completing your PD.

  • Your Accrediation is valid for 2 years.


Find out more

To find out more about the STEM Detectives Accreditation Framework download a copy of the Framework Outline.

If you have further questions or would like to participate, contact Bron via email at

Meet our STEM Detectives Accredited Services!

Mt Warrigal Public School Preschool, NSW - Level 2

Tilly's Play and Development Centre - Waratah, NSW - Level 3

Woori Yallock Preschool VIC - Level 2

Tilly's Play and Development Centre - Greta, NSW - Level 3

Tilly's Play and Development Centre - Rutherford, NSW - Level 1

Goodstart Cessnock - Cessnock NSW - Level 1

Collie Early Education - Collie WA - Level 3

Online Childcare Centre - Eaton WA - Level 3

Tilly’s Play and Development Centre - Cardiff NSW- Level 3