Help create a more equal and inclusive future for Australian children


World Children’s Day is 20 November 2022. It’s an important reminder to celebrate and promote international togetherness, and to advocate for improving children's welfare.

This year's theme is equality and inclusion for every child.

Parents, nurses and doctors, government leaders, community groups and individuals can all help build a brighter future for children. So too can those who choose a career in early childhood education and care.

The sector lays the foundations for children’s learning and development, enabling children to reach their full potential. Research shows that high-quality early childhood education and care is linked to improved cognitive and language development, independence, concentration, and sociability in school.

The sector offers a range of services for children based on their age and educational, care and developmental needs. There are nearly 17,000 services operating in the sector across Australia under five service types:

  • centre-based day care (long day care)
  • preschool and kindergarten
  • outside school hours care
  • family day care
  • in home care.

You could be a great fit for a career in this industry if you:

  • love to work with young children
  • have a passion for learning and education
  • think creatively
  • enjoy practical, hands-on work
  • communicate and work well with others.


Open doors to career progression

Working in the early childhood education and care sector can open doors to a diverse range of roles and career pathways.

For example, you can begin your career as an early childhood educator to get skills and experience in an entry-level role. This could be through a traineeship when you can work in an early childhood service while studying for your Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.

Once you have completed your Certificate III, you could then work towards completing a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

With experience and as a diploma qualified educator you could choose to work as a team leader, educational leader or as a service director or co-ordinator across a range of service types including family day care, outside school hours care and centre-based day care or preschools and kindergarten. 

As a qualified educator, you may also choose to continue study to obtain a bachelor degree in early childhood teaching. With your qualification, you could work as an early childhood teacher, and have the opportunities to provide academic or service leadership. 

Early childhood educators and early childhood teachers provide high quality care and create rich early learning experiences for children that have lifelong benefits.

Find out more about a career in early childhood education and care.