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Child Care Centre Managers plan, organise, direct, control and coordinate the activities of childcare centres and services including physical and human resources. Future Growth Very StrongEarly childhood centre managers direct and lead staff, oversee daily activities in the centre, and prepare plans and budgets. Child Care Centre Managers may develop programs to promote the children’s physical, social, emotional and intellectual development, as well as developing rules and consequences to ensure proper behaviour and safety. Child care centre managers might also be required to create programs and activities for children with special needs or those with a disability. They also run the business side of child care centres, so associated tasks might include bookkeeping and certain administrative duties.

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Alternative names: Child Care Centre Director or Coordinator, Early Childhood Centre Manager,


Knowledge, skills and attributes

To become an early childhood centre manager, you would need:

  • a commitment to children’s development and education

  • understanding of the laws around safeguarding children in your centre's care

  • the ability to work well with children, parents, carers, and other professionals

  • excellent organisational and time management skills

  • excellent communication skills

  • business management skills.

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Duties and Tasks

  • maintaining records and accounts for the centre
  • monitor students' progress, and provide students and teachers with assistance in resolving any problems
  • confer with parents and staff to discuss educational activities and policies, and students' behavioural or learning problems
  • set educational standards and goals, and help establish policies, procedures, and programs to carry them out
  • plan, direct, and monitor instructional methods and the content of educational programs
  • direct and coordinate activities of teachers or administrators
  • manage attendance, accounting and personnel reports and records according to regulations.
  • recruiting staff and coordinating professional development
  • developing and implementing programs to enhance the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of young children
  • providing care for children in before-school, after-school, day, and vacation care centres
  • directing and supervising Child Carers in providing care and supervision for young children
  • ensuring the centre is a safe area for children, staff and visitors
  • complying with relevant government requirements and standards
  • liaising with parents


Working conditions

Early childhood centre managers generally work full time. Work hours tend to be regular. Early childhood centre managers work primarily in preschool and child day care services. This work environment tends to be noisy, and with typically so many children in their care, child care centre managers need to be aware of everything happening within their workplace at all times.

Tools and technologies

Child Care Centre Managers need to be proficient with computers. Child care centre managers need to keep up to date with children's social development requirements, to ensure that the best practices are incorporated into any programs and activities provided. Aside from technologies such as spread sheets and bookkeeping programs used for administrative tasks, they also work with children's learning tools, aids and toys.


Education and training/entrance requirements

You usually need a diploma in early childhood education and care to work as a Child Care Centre Manager - the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is offered at TAFE colleges. Some workers have university qualifications.

You can also undertake a traineeship in early childhood education (level 5). The traineeship usually takes 36 months to complete. You can complete a degree in education, majoring in early childhood education or early childhood studies.

Most employers will also require those working in management roles to have experience using leadership skills in a related industry or occupation. Most states require early childhood centre managers to have at least a senior secondary school certificate or equivalent, but some require a VET qualification or bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. Degree programs cover subjects such as child development, strategies to teach young children, and how to observe and document children’s progress. Employers may prefer candidates who have a degree in early childhood education, or at least some postsecondary education in early childhood education.

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Apprenticeships and traineeships

As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer, enabling you to complete training towards a nationally recognised qualification. You spend time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider.

You can do an apprenticeship or traineeship if you are a school-leaver, re-entering the workforce or as an adult or mature-aged person wishing to change careers. You can even begin your apprenticeship or traineeship while you're still at school.

If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.

Required registration and licensing
To work in childcare centres in Australia, you will need to hold a current Provide First Aid certificate You may also need to undergo training in anaphylaxis management and asthma management.

You will also need to hold a current Working with Children Check (WWC Check).

A number of early childhood centre managers are self-employed. The national regulator - the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority - has a checklist and a range of supporting resources on the steps you would need to take to open your own centre. This checklist covers legislation; service types; approvals processes; regulatory requirements; the National Quality Standard; and who to contact.


Employment Opportunities

Employment of early childhood centre managers is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations. Working parents will continue to need help caring for their children. The number of children who are of preschool age is increasing, leading to a greater need for childcare and increasing the demand for early childhood centre managers.

In addition, there is a continued focus on the importance of early childhood education, specifically preschool. Early childhood education is widely recognised as important for a child’s intellectual and emotional development. However, the amount of preschool funding available from State governments differs from state to state.

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