test - Choose a career in Early Childhood Education and Care
This page includes an overview of the types of careers in the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector, what qualifications you may need to start and where your career can go from there.
Why work in ECEC
Early childhood educators and teachers are highly skilled professionals who play a vital role in the intellectual and social development of children, with 90 per cent of a child’s brain development occurring in the first five years of life.
There has never been a better time to start your career in early childhood. The sector is growing with opportunities to enter and expand your career in all sorts of stimulating and professionally rewarding directions, with positions available across NSW.
The children are the best part about my day. They're just so unpredictable, and they're just so amazing.
We have an opportunity at this age to be able to ignite their passion for learning.
And really, really shape how their journey is in life.
[Rochelle] So that when they go to school, the foundation is laid and they already want to know things.
[Gail] And to encourage them to be lifelong learners.
No day is the same when you work with children. And I have a lifetime of memories from working with the different children. I have a library full of memories about different experiences that the children have shared with me or said to me, stories that I'll remember forever.
It makes me feel real proud that the children are learning their language, and it's following 'em on through their life.
It's a great feeling to know where the child was and where they've gone. It's a journey that we have with the children here.
It's the most wonderful career, and it's just so diverse and vast that you can do almost anything in it. So I would really encourage anyone to go into early childhood education and care.
Different roles in early childhood education services
The diverse roles in early childhood education services:
- need different qualifications
- have different levels of responsibility.
The roles include:
Educators work directly with children and hold or study for a Certificate III or Diploma. Educators contribute to planning educational programs. They are trained to:
- observe children
- plan and document their learning
- analyse this in relation to the Early Years Learning Framework outcomes.
Early Childhood Teachers (ECTs)
ECTs are degree qualified and educate children from birth until school.
In the later years, ECTs are responsible for teaching the skills that give children a smooth transition to school.
Managers and directors
Managers and directors look after the administrative aspects of a service. This includes:
- ensuring that a service is compliant with the National Law and Regulations
- preparing for assessment and reporting.
They also work with parents to ensure the needs of all children in the service are met.
Qualifications give you the formal knowledge and skills to become a quality ECEC:
- leader or
The National Quality Framework (NQF) sets out the minimum qualification requirements for staff working in children’s education and care services.
Other pathways include university, pre-apprenticeships, apprenticeships, traineeships or school-based apprenticeships in children’s services. Apprenticeships and traineeships combine work-based training with an employer and formal training from a training provider. They're a great way to be paid for work, while you learn and earn a qualification.
Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
As an early childhood educator, you must hold, or in some circumstances be actively working towards either an ACECQA approved Certificate III or Diploma level qualification.
Find Registered Training Organisations offering this qualification on the Smart and Skilled website.
Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
Find Registered Training Organisations offering this qualification on the Smart and Skilled website.
Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Care
To be recognised as an early childhood teacher, you will need to complete a tertiary degree (4 years), including an accredited teacher education program, at a recognised university or higher education institution.
Search for institutions offering this qualification using Course Seeker.
Working in Outside School Hours Care (OSHC)
Outside school hours care (OSHC) is the name commonly given to services that provide education and care to school age children before and after school and during school holidays. There are currently no requirements for educators in OSHC services in NSW to have an early childhood qualification, however, having a qualification in education is an advantage for those working in these services.
Pathways into a career in early childhood education
Pathways include study at a university or registered training provider, as well as a range of supported apprenticeships, traineeships and fee-free study options.
For most people starting a Certificate III is ideal. Under this pathway you can choose to graduate and commence employment with the Certificate III, or continue on to the Diploma of Early Childhood Education. Support options include:
Apprenticeships and traineeships
Apprenticeships and traineeships combine work-based training with an employer and formal training from a training provider. They're a great way to be paid for work, while you learn and earn a qualification. Visit the site (link to https://www.training.nsw.gov.au/apprenticeships_traineeships/students/getting_started.html )
Smart and Skilled
Fee-free scholarships for eligible applicants (live in NSW, have left school and are an Australian citizen or permanent resident). Visit the site.
Free or low-fee courses to eligible applicants, including all 17-24 year-olds and anyone out of work or receiving an income support payment. Currently being rolled out across the states and territories. Visit the site.
For those interested in completing a Bachelor qualification, support options include:
Subsidised course fees through a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) – Australian citizens and permanent residents may be eligible for a CSP, and may also defer fees through the government student loan system known as HELP. Visit the site.
Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships - Up to $18,000 for students in rural and regional Australia undertaking a qualification from Certificate IV to PhD level. Visit the site External link
Early Childhood Education Scholarships Program – Annual financial assistance scholarships offered by the Department of Education. Visit here for more information including eligibility and key dates.
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|Provider or individual name||Service name||Date of action||Action taken||Date first posted|
|Green Leaves (NSW5) Early Learning Centres Pty Ltd (PDF, 105KB)||Green Leaves Early Learning Port Macquarie||18/2/21||Prosecution||08/04/2021|
|Donna Ryan-Johnston (PDF, 101KB)||Green Leaves Early Learning Port Macquarie||29/1/21||Prosecution||08/04/2021|
|Sitebeau Pty Ltd (PDF, 104KB)||Yass Little Learners||11/02/21||Prosecution||08/04/2021|
|Jessica Grundy (PDF, 103KB)||Yass Little Learners||11/02/21||Prosecution||08/04/2021|
|Joshua Emerton Pty Ltd (PDF, 152KB)||Centre based education and care service||16/12/2020||
|Kids Cbass Pty Ltd (PDF, 137KB)||Centre based education and care service||14/12/2020||
|G8 Education Limited (PDF, 119KB)||Centre based education and care service||07/12/2020||
|Carmelina Petrini (PDF, 150KB)||Educator registered by Chasing Rainbows Family Day Care||02/12/2020||
|Lauren Smith (PDF, 154KB)||Nominated Supervisor employed by Kids Cbass Pty Ltd||16/11/2020||
|Kidoz Pty Ltd (PDF, 137KB)||Centre based education and care service||02/11/2020||
|Lanieta Vakatawa (PDF, 138KB)||Nominated Supervisor employed by Richard Laney||15/10/2020||
|Richard Laney (PDF, 138KB)||Centre based education and care service||
|Liesl Pyke-Nott (PDF, 133KB)||Person with management or control of LPN Childcare Pty Ltd||09/09/2020||
|Inner West Council (PDF, 156KB)||Centre based education and care service||20/08/2020||
|Joni Dunn (PDF, 154KB)||Nominated Supervisor employed by Inner West Council||20/08/2020||
|Inner West Council (PDF, 119KB)||Centre based education and care service||
|Atlantis Air Pty Ltd ATF J&L Burnett Family Trust (PDF 148.1KB)||Centre based education and care service||28/07/2020||Prosecution||02/02/2021|
|Helen Rateau (PDF 138.3KB)||Educator Registered by Kidstart Family Day Care||07/07/2020||Prosecution||02/02/2021|
|Miranda McGrath (PDF 136KB)||Nominated Supervisor employed by Joshua Emerton Pty Ltd||
|Cathy Anderson (PDF 133KB)||Nominated Supervisor employed by Guardian Corporate Early Learning Centres Pty Ltd||15/04/2020||Prosecution||02/02/2021|
|Guardian Corporate Early Learning Centres Pty Ltd (PDF 131.1KB)||Centre based education and care service||15/04/2020||Prosecution||02/02/2021|
|Only About Children Pty Ltd (PDF 131.5KB)||Centre based education and care service||04/03/2020||Prosecution||02/02/2021|
|Camp Australia Pty Ltd (PDF 131.4KB)||Centre based education and care service||26/02/2020||Prosecution||02/02/2021|
|G8 Education Limited (PDF 132.8KB)||Centre based education and care service||20/02/2020||Prosecution||02/02/2021|
|Stephen Whisker (PDF 148.9KB)||
Nominated Supervisor employed by Whatcanwedo.com Pty Ltd
|Whatcanwedo.com Pty Ltd (PDF 149.7KB)||Centre based education and care service||11/02/2020||Prosecution||02/02/2021|
|Sonia Daoud (PDF 134KB)||Educator Registered by Bankstown Family Day Care||07/02/2020||Prosecution||02/02/2021|
|Emily Simoni (PDF 132.4KB)||Educator engaged by Upper Hunter Family Day Care||16/12/2019||Prosecution||02/02/2021|
|Ru Duff (PDF 131KB)||Educator engaged by Mission Australia Family Day Care South West Sydney||06/12/2019||Prosecution||02/02/2021|
|The Council of the City of Sydney (PDF 268.35KB)||Centre based education and care service||22/07/2019||Prosecution||22/11/2019|
|Jan Shang (PDF 313.64KB)||Person with management control of Joys Child Care Limited and Chinese Students Association||24/06/2019||Prosecution||22/11/2019|
|Joys Child Care Limited (PDF 268.04KB)||Family day care service||24/06/2019||Prosecution||22/11/2019|
|Chinese Students Association (PDF 268.11KB)||Family day care service||24/06/2019||Prosecution||22/11/2019|
|Byron Shire Council (PDF 267.87KB)||Centre based education and care service||31/05/2019||Prosecution||24/07/2019|
|Sutherland Shire Council (PDF 59.77KB)||Centre based education and care service||16/04/2019||Prosecution||24/07/2019|
|Katie Brown (PDF 61.58KB)||Nominated Supervisor employed by Treasure Island Childcare Pty Ltd||22/03/2019||Prosecution||24/07/2019|
|Treasure Island Childcare Pty Ltd (PDF 61.25KB)||Centre based education and care service||22/03/2019||Prosecution||24/07/2019|
|Samantha Porfiri (PDF 59.9KB)||Educator employed by Alexandria Montessori Academy Pty Ltd||01/03/2019||Prosecution||24/07/2019|
|Faalai Poto (PDF 61.55KB)||Educator engaged by Two Tiny Bears Family Day Care||01/02/2019||Prosecution||24/07/2019|
|Vitolia Aualiitia (PDF 61.53KB)||Educator engaged by Two Tiny Bears Family Day Care||01/02/2019||Prosecution||24/07/2019|
|G8 Education Limited (PDF 59.36KB)||Centre based education and care service||18/01/2019||Prosecution||24/07/2019|
|Samir Ghattas (PDF 63.07KB)||Person with management or control for Ahmos Pty Ltd||04/12/2018||Prosecution||24/07/2019|
|Ahmos Pty Ltd (PDF 62.99KB)||Centre based education and care service||04/12/2018||Prosecution||24/07/2019|
|Demi Sita (PDF 58.83KB)||Educator engaged by St Andrews Children Neighbourhood Centre Inc.||01/06/2018||Prosecution||24/07/2019|
|Stari Holdings Pty Ltd (PDF 60.99KB)||Centre based education and care service||06/06/2018||Prosecution||24/07/2019|
|Ariane Leeder (PDF 61.38KB)||Nominated Supervisor employed by, and person with management or control for, Stari Holdings Pty Ltd||06/06/2018||Prosecution||24/07/2019|
|Jenny Salter (PDF 63.4KB)||Nominated Supervisor employed by St Andrews Children Neighbourhood Centre Inc.||01/06/2018||Prosecution||24/07/2019|
|Joshua Salter (PDF 64.32KB)||Person with management or control for St Andrews Children Neighbourhood Centre Inc.||01/06/2018||Prosecution||24/07/2019|
|Justin Ellul (PDF 64.35KB)||Person with management or control for St Andrews Children Neighbourhood Centre Inc.||01/06/2018||Prosecution||24/07/2019|
|Julie Ellul (PDF 63.8KB)||Person with management or control for St Andrews Children Neighbourhood Centre Inc.||01/06/2018||Prosecution||24/07/2019|
|St Andrews Children Neighbourhood Centre Inc. (PDF 64.03KB)||Centre based education and care service||01/06/2018||Prosecution||24/07/2019|
|Michelle Haley (PDF 59.61KB)||Nominated Supervisor employed by Big Fat Smile Group Ltd||20/04/2018||Prosecution||24/07/2019|
|Big Fat Smile Group Ltd (PDF 59.45KB)||Centre based education and care service||08/03/2018||Prosecution||24/07/2019|
|Me Gin Yi (PDF 59.45KB)||Family Day Care Educator engaged by Baiden Family Day Care||15/02/2018||Prosecution||24/07/2019|
|Linda Hubbard (PDF 59.77KB)||Nominated Supervisor employed by Kerryanne Pty Ltd||01/02/2018||Prosecution||24/07/2019|
|Kerryanne Pty Ltd (PDF 60.95KB)||Centre based education and care service||01/02/2018||Prosecution||24/07/2019|
|Sagarika Kaula (PDF 59.4KB)||Nominated Supervisor employed by Sakthi Services Pty Ltd||29/01/2018||Prosecution||24/07/2019|
|Sakthi Services Pty Ltd (PDF 61.62KB)||Centre based education and care service||29/01/2018||Prosecution||24/07/2019|
|Little Triumphs Pty Ltd (PDF 59.21KB)||Centre based education and care service||29/01/2018||Prosecution||24/07/2019|
|Only About Children Pty Ltd (PDF 54.66KB)||Centre based education and care service||19/12/2017||Prosecution||05/02/2018|
|W K Phillip Pty Ltd (PDF 55.4KB)||Centre based education and care service||21/07/2017||Prosecution||05/02/2018|
|Joshua Emerton (PDF 53.46KB)||Nominated Supervisor employed by T A Dutton & J C Emerton||21/07/2017||Prosecution||05/02/2018|
|Pipdol Pty Ltd (PDF 55.32KB)||Centre based education and care service||19/07/2017||Prosecution||05/02/2018|
|Philip Clark (PDF 54.03KB)||Company Director of Pipdol Pty Ltd||19/07/2017||Prosecution||05/02/2018|
|Kerrie Ross-Clark (PDF 54.71KB)||Nominated Supervisor employed by Pipdol Pty Ltd||19/07/2017||Prosecution||05/02/2018|
|G&M Childcare Centres Pty Ltd (PDF 53.58KB)||Centre based education and care service||17/07/2017||Prosecution||05/02/2018|
|Adriana Caruso (nee Tozzi) (PDF 53.96KB)||Nominated Supervisor employed by G&M Childcare Centres Pty Ltd||17/07/2017||Prosecution||05/02/2018|
|Karren Green (PDF 53.43KB)||Nominated Supervisor employed by Kidz Klub Pty Ltd||14/07/2017||Prosecution||05/02/2018|
|Kidz Klub Pty Ltd (PDF 53.37KB)||Centre based education and care service||14/07/2017||Prosecution||05/02/2018|
|Big Fat Smile Group Limited (PDF 52.4KB)||Centre based education and care service||18/08/2016||Prosecution||
|Lan Zhang (PDF 55.34KB)||Nominated Supervisor employed by Big Fat Smile Group Limited||18/08/2016||Prosecution||
|Southern Star Inn Pty Limited, Director Julie Kelly (PDF 58KB)||Centre based education and care service||10/08/2015||Prosecution||29/01/2016|
|Southern Star Inn Pty Limited (PDF 57.87KB)||Centre based education and care service||10/08/2015||Prosecution||29/01/2016|
|Cubbyhouse Childcare NSW Pty/ Limited (PDF 65.4KB)||Centre based education and care service||21/05/2015||Prosecution||16/10/2015|
|JoAnne Moore (PDF 77.46KB)||Family day care educator, registered with Bathurst Regional Council||16/02/2015||Prosecution||10/04/2015|
|Pedro Vargas-Mayorga (PDF 54.5KB)||Nominated supervisor, formerly employed by Cubbyhouse Childcare NSW Pty Limited||26/08/2014||Prosecution||26/02/2015|
|Ms Miriama Fleur Smith (PDF 64.54KB)||Family day care educator, registered by Jellybeans Family Daycare Pty/ Limited||25/03/2014||Prosecution||13/06/2014|
|Defendant name suppressed (PDF 105.45KB)||N/A||19/12/2013||Prosecution||28/02/2014|
|Guardian Early Learning Centres Pty Limited (PDF 78.48KB)||Bubs Child Care Centre||8/04/2013||Prosecution||17/06/2013|