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Long day care

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Children from birth to school age can access education and care programs through a long day care centre. Long day care generally operates for at least 10 hours a day, Monday to Friday, for at least 48 weeks a year.

Many long day care services offer an approved kindergarten program and some offer outside school hours care for school-aged children. All long day care services caring for children under school age must employ, or have access to,​ a qualified early childhood teacher.

Roles and qualifications to work in long day care

There are many long day care services across Queensland. They employ thousands of people in a range of roles with different qualifications. These are:

Early childhood teacher - approved Early childhood teacher qualification

  • Works directly with children and their families.
  • Plans and delivers educational programs.
  • Supervises, mentors and coaches other educators.

Early childhood educator - approved Certificate III level qualification

  • Provides education and care to a group of children.
  • Helps plan and develop the group's educational program.

Early childhood educator - approved Diploma level qualification

  • Supports children's learning and development.
  • Helps design, plan, implement and evaluate educational programs.

Nominated supervisor (service director)

  • Provides day-to-day management of an approved service.
  • Ensures the safety, health and well-being of children at the service.
  • Ensures the program delivered to children is based on an approved learning framework.
  • Works collaboratively with the regulatory authority.
  • There are no legislative qualification requirements to manage a long day care service, unless you work directly with the children. Most services, however, will require the service director to have a diploma, degree or higher.

Learn more about: qualifications for centre-based services.

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Last updated 10 September 2019