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Roles and responsibilities

The following education and care roles are available in services captured under the National Law External Link (includes kindergarten, long day care, outside school hours care, pre-Prep and family day care services):

Educator and teacher roles

Certificate III level educator*

Operates within kindergarten, long day care and outside school hours care services and can take many forms, depending on the needs of the service. Generally these educators support and provide education and care to a group of children.They may also assist developing and delivering the early childhood educational program.

Must meet qualification requirements External Link under the National Regulations. For kindergarten and long day care services, this flow chart Adobe PDF document will assist you to determine if you meet these requirements. Outside school hours care requirements External Link are specific to children over preschool age.

Diploma level educator*

Operates within kindergarten and long day care services and can take many forms, depending on the needs of the service. Generally these educators, under the guidance of the educational leader, develop, plan and implement an early childhood educational program for a group of children.

Must meet qualification requirements External Link under the National Regulations. For kindergarten and long day care services, this flow chart Adobe PDF document will assist you to determine if you meet these requirements.

Outside school hours care (OSHC) coordinator

Operates an OSHC service including delivering a quality program, supervising and supporting educators, completing administrative tasks and ensuring compliance with policies, procedures and legal requirements.

OSHC coordinator qualification requirements External Link are specific to children over preschool age.

Early childhood teacher*

Delivers specific learning programs, usually in long day care or kindergarten services. Must meet qualification requirements External Link under National Regulations. Read this flow chart Adobe PDF document to help you determine whether you meet the requirements under National Law.

Educational leader

The role of the educational leader is to guide and mentor other educators in planning, implementing and reflecting on their learning program. For many services this may be the Director or early childhood teacher currently employed at the service.

Certified supervisor

Assessed (by the department or the approved provider) as a fit and proper person, capable of being in charge of an education and care service. A certified supervisor may consent to be the responsible person in the day-to-day charge of a service.

Nominated supervisor

Certified supervisors who have consented to the nomination by the approved provider to take on the responsibility and obligations under the National Law and National Regulations to manage a kindergarten, long day care, outside school hours care or family day care service.

Family day care educator

Educates and cares for a group of children, generally from their own approved residence, under the management of a family day care service. Responsible for delivering a quality, developmentally appropriate program and ensuring the safety and welfare of the children.

Must meet qualification requirements External Link under the National Regulations. This flow chart Adobe PDF document will assist you to determine if you meet these requirements.

Family day care coordinator

Manages the standard of service delivery in a family day care service through monitoring, supporting and developing family day care educators.

*Note: The introduction of the Education and Care Services National Law (National Law) in 2012 brought in changes to qualification requirements for educators. Under the National Law, there are three classes of qualified staff - Certificate III level educators, Diploma level educators and early childhood teachers. These classes may not directly correlate with existing job titles and position descriptions in the sector.

In general, group leaders are likely to be Diploma level educators under the National Law, while assistants are likely to be Certificate III level educators. There are no direct equivalents for Directors who may hold any of the three classes of qualification or none, depending on their role within the service. Most are likely to be Diploma level educators.

Read more about qualification requirements for staff employed in a services regulated under the National Law.

Queensland education and care services

A range of roles and responsibilities are available in services formerly licensed under the Child Care Act 2002 and now approved under the Education and Care Services Act 2013 (Qld) Adobe PDF document External Link.

These services include:

Read more about staffing a service under the Education and Care Services Act 2013 (Qld) - includes information about roles and responsibilities.

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This page was last reviewed on 12 Jan 2015


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