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Early Childcare and Education

Begin your career as an early childhood teacher or childcare worker caring for and teaching young children studying childcare is the ideal solution.

A childcare qualification will teach you to support early childhood development and growth and how to provide a safe and healthy learning environment for children from birth to school age.

A childcare qualification will also provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to work in management positions and take responsibility for planning, implementing and managing early childhood programs, while supervising children, other educators, students and volunteers.

Information about Early Childhood Care Courses

Course Options

Diploma of Early Childhood Care and Education

This advanced qualification will provide you with the specialised skills and knowledge needed to work as
an early childhood educator or centre director.

Certificate IV in Early Childhood Care and Education

This intermediate qualification will provide you with the next step in your career in education
support teachers and students in the classroom

Certificate III in Early Childhood Care and Education

Kick-start your career with this entry-level course that will set you
up with the foundation skills you need to succeed as an assistant
childcare worker.

Career Options

Childcare Centre Manager – Early Childcare Worker 

English Proficiency

Usually, you will need to demonstrate you have competent English skills by showing a test results such as IELTS 5.5

High School Certificate 

You will need to provide a copy of your high school diploma to show that you have at least completed junior high school (Grade 10)


You will need to provide evidence that you are immunised for Pertussis, MMR (if non-immune), and
Varicella (if seronegative)

Child Safety Certificate

You will be required to undergo a Working with Children Background Check and receive a positive notice and Blue Card

Typical Subjects that you will study in your Early Childhood Education and Care course include:

  • Develop cultural competence
  • Ensure the health and safety of children
  • Provide care for children
  • Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
  • Provide care for babies and toddlers
  • Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
  • Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
  • Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
  • Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood
  • Nurture creativity in children
  • Facilitate compliance in an education and care service
  • Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour
  • Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
  • Promote children’s agency
  • Analyse information to inform learning
  • Design and implement the curriculum to foster children’s learning and development
  • Embed sustainable practices in service operations
  • Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children
  • Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
  • Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
  • Maintain work health and safety





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If you are hoping to continue your studies at university, once you have finished your Diploma of Early Childcare and Education you could request course credit towards a number of different bachelor degrees such as:

Bachelor of Social Science

Bachelor of  Arts / Bachelor of Education

Bachelor of Social Science

Steps towards an Australian Skilled Visa

As the occupation of Child Care Centre Manager is currently on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List  (MLTSSL), once qualified and with the necessary professional experience, it may be possible obtain a skilled or employer-sponsored visa that will allow you to continue to live and work in Australia once you have completed your Australian studies.

Complete your 2-year course

You will need to study a course or package of courses with a duration of at least 2 years,  that will provide you with at least a Diploma level qualification. Your Study Gurus Counselor will help you enrol in a course that will meet the duration and qualification levels to become eligible to apply for a graduate visa.

Apply for your 485 Graduate Visa

After you have studied for 2 years and completed your vocational placement during your studies (most education providers will arrange this for you), you may be eligible to apply for and receive the Temporary Graduate Visa. You will need to obtain a provisional skills assessment and demonstrate your English proficiency. The graduate visa will allow you to live and work in Australia for up to 18 months so you can gain professional experience. Our team of migration agents will work with you through the graduate visa process.

Apply for a formal Skills Assessment

After you have completed your post qualification work experience you will usually need to apply for an official assessment of your skills.  This involves having your qualification and professional work experience assessed by a skills assessment authority.  You will need your skills assessment certificate to be able to apply for an employer-sponsored or skilled independent visa.

Apply for a Skilled or Employer-Sponsored Visa

Upon receipt of your positive skills assessment, you may be eligible to apply for a General Skilled Migration Visa or for the employer sponsorship. Common visas available to a Childcare Centre manager include:

  • 189 – Skilled Independent (subclass 189) – Points-Tested
  • 190 – Skilled Nominated
  • 482 – Temporary Skill Shortage – Medium Term Stream
  • 494 – Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (provisional) – Employer sponsored stream
  • 491 – Skilled Work Regional (provisional) visa

*Applicants must meet the applicable visa eligibility criteria including qualifications, professional work experience, English proficiency, character

Job Outlook for Childcare Centre Managers

Future Growth

Very Strong

Median Weekly Pay

$1,272 is the median earnings for a full-time Childcare Centre Manager 

Full Time Share

71% of the profession hold full time employment