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 a regulatory 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.
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.
In government roles, you could work either in a head office or in the community. For example, you could work as a regulatory 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.
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.
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