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Leadership management and support roles

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There are a number of early childhood education and care roles that exist outside an actual service.

These opportunities include, but are not limited to:

  • coordinating and managing one or several early childhood services
  • supporting services to understand and meet the requirements of the National Quality Framework as an authorised early childhood officer
  • working for an organisation that provides training and support to early childhood services across a region
  • teaching and research roles in universities or training organisations.

You could also lead and manage your own business as the self-employed owner of an early childhood service.

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Furthering your qualifications

To enhance your leadership and management skills in early childhood education and care, having a postgraduate qualification, such as a Master's degree (e.g. Master of Special Needs Education), PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) or a Graduate Diploma, can open up many opportunities.

You can also enhance your skills by participating in professional development provided by a range of educational and industry groups.

Government opportunities

In government roles, you could work either in a head office or in the community. For example, you could work as an authorised early childhood officer who operates in the community to:

  • assess and rate services' quality against the National Quality Standard
  • monitor compliance with relevant laws and regulations under the National Quality Framework.

Specialist opportunities

Other opportunities in early childhood that require specialist skills and qualifications include:

  • working directly with children who have additional needs, such as a physical or intellectual disability, or a behavioural issue 
  • supporting and advising staff who work with children with additional needs.

Learn more about: Roles and qualifications

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Last updated 26 July 2019