Beginning a Career in Early Childhood

It is a great time to consider a professional career in early childhood. 

Quality early childhood education and care experiences are central in developing children’s health, wellbeing and learning. Children learn to socialise and interact with their peer group, develop cognitive skills to think and problem solve and also learn skills in early literacy and numeracy. 

Early childhood education and care can equip children with the skills and capacity to be effective and engaged learners and improve their future outcomes in formal education.

Types of early childhood professionals

Educators and carers

Early childhood educators are the largest group of early childhood professionals. Educators work directly with children in a variety of settings, including kindergarten, long day care, occasional care, family day care and outside school hours care services. They may hold a range of qualifications, from Certificate III in Children’s Services, through to early childhood teaching degrees. 

Early childhood educators are typically employed directly by early childhood services, or self employed in the case of family day care. For current employment opportunities for early childhood educators, refer to general employment websites or your local and regional newspapers. 

Applicants seeking employment as an early childhood teacher are advised to check that their early childhood teaching qualification is approved for working in a licensed children’s service in Victoria, see: 

For training requirements for other early childhood educators, see: Minimum Training Requirements.

Early childhood intervention

Early Childhood Intervention professionals work in Early Childhood Intervention Services (ECIS) to support children with a disability or developmental delay and their families from birth to school entry. They may hold a range of qualifications. For more information, see: Early Childhood Intervention Services.

Maternal and child health

Maternal and Child Health nurses work in the Maternal and Child Health Service (MCH) to provide universal primary care for Victorian families with children from birth to school age. For more information, see: Maternal and Child Health Service.

Victorian Public Service roles

The Department also employs a range of professionals in early childhood development roles including policy, regulatory, project management and early childhood intervention positions in the central and regional offices.