Management and Leadership Careers

Early childhood leaders include manage​rs, coordinators and tertiary educators in a vast array of education, care and government settings in metropolitan, regional or rural locations.​​

Early childhood is a career for life, with opportunities for progression into leadership positions. A range of leaders play a vital role in the early childhood sector to support the learning, development, health and wellbeing of young children.

Kindergarten cluster manager

Kindergarten Cluster Management (KCM) organisations provide professional leadership and management for community based kindergarten services.

KCMs employ managers with responsibilities including:

  • employment and management of staff
  • improving the quality of services
  • financial management.

For more information on Kindergarten cluster managers, see:

Children’s services manager

Children’s services managers work in a variety of early childhood services, including long day care, family day care, occasional care and kindergartens.


  • direct and supervise early childhood educators (formerly known as child carers)
  • develop and coordinate programs to enhance the physical, social, emotional and intellectual developmentof young children
  • ensure centres are safe and comply with relevant government standards
  • liaise with parents
  • maintain records and accounts for the centre
  • understand and apply relevant legal, regulatory and policy requirements including the National Quality Framework, Education and Care Services legislation and regulations and the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework.

For further information about being a children's services manager, see: