If you're working in the early childhood sector, you already appreciate the value and importance of skilled educators in helping to influence and shape the lives of young children. Progressing your career can help develop the next generation of early childhood educators, and inspire new entrants to embrace the joys of educating children.
You understand that education through purposeful play leads to rich learning experiences for young children and sets them on the path towards lifelong learning.
Educators with the right qualifications are in demand in metropolitan services and even more so in regional and remote areas, particularly educators with higher level qualifications such as diploma level educators, early childhood teachers and managers.
As an experienced educator, early childhood teacher or leader there are diverse career opportunities available to you, with numerous professional pathways to move into sector leadership and management positions or cross-skill into support roles and integrated service delivery.
If you are an experienced certificate III level educator you can fast track to an approved diploma with recognition of prior learning. Eligible individuals can access a subsidised place in the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care or the Diploma of School Age Education and Care through the Higher Level Skills program .
Similarly, if you are already a diploma level educator, once you start studying towards an approved early childhood teacher qualification you can work as an early childhood teacher in a service.
Your nationally recognised qualification also qualifies you to work anywhere in Australia.
Participating in professional development can also enhance your skills and assist to advance your career. In many cases the skills you gain can be counted towards a nationally recognised qualification.
So, it's never been a better time for people with a good understanding of early childhood to take the next step in their career.
This page was last reviewed on 16 Sep 2015
Manager and Regional Operational Support Officer - Tracy McCarroll
"I started volunteering at child care centres and became a family day care educator when my children were young.
"Once I gained my formal qualifications, I started working as a family day care coordinator.
"I developed good relationships with families and educators and took on my current management role.
"I am able to keep up contact with families, and work with educators to develop activities and innovative practices."