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Early childhood careers

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​​​Be one of the people our youngest people need​​​​

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It's a great time to join the early childhood profession. The sector is expanding and people willing to get the right qualification are in demand.

Nationally recognised qualifications

The National Quality Framework (NQF) sets out the qualification requirements to work in children's education and care services across Australia. This means with an approved early childhood qualification, it may be possible for you to work anywhere in the country.

You can also work at an early childhood service while you study. There are many flexible pathways to enter the sector. Jobs are plentiful and support is available to apply what you learn, as you earn.

Variety and possibilities

Early childhood is diverse and full of possibilities.

More than 38,500 people are employed in over 3,100 approved early childhood services throughout Queensland.

You can work for different early childhood service providers and in different settings, including:

  • privately owned small and large businesses/organisations
  • community-based or not-for-profit services
  • privately owned services located on school sites
  • kindergarten programs within state schools in rural and remote locations.

You can also provide family day care from your own home or support others working in services.

Career progression

A career in early childhood has a wide range of opportunities to advance to leadership, management and support roles. You can start as a certificate III level educator or trainee and work your way up within the sector or join the sector as a qualified early childhood teacher or service director.

Early childhood qualifications open up other job possibilities where you may or may not work directly with children. You could use your qualification to:

  • work in a school, teaching children in their early years (Prep to Year 2)
  • work in a Kindergarten program in a state school in rural and remote Queensland teaching children in the year before Prep. Note: Working in the schooling sector requires teacher registration
  • provide specialised education and inclusion support to early childhood services
  • work in government to:
    • regulate and monitor early childhood services
    • develop and implement early childhood policy
  • educate and train others in early childhood at a registered training organisation or university.

Learn more about a work environment that suits you and the qualifications to get you there.

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Last updated 24 September 2021