There are a range of professional roles that manage, run and support early childhood education and care and advocate for children and families. Early childhood leaders include managers, coordinators and tertiary educators in a vast array of education, care and government settings in metropolitan, regional or rural locations.
Kindergarten cluster manager
Early childhood is a career for life, with opportunities for progression into leadership positions, including kindergarten cluster management. A range of leaders play a vital role in the early childhood sector to support the learning, development, health and wellbeing of young children.
Wendy Morris-Smith, kindergarten cluster program manager:
'Every day is different. I can make lasting and real changes in the lives of children and families and therefore make a difference in the community.
This is the kind of work that looks deceptively easy when it is done well. People may think that a career in working with young children is simply that but it is much, much more. I feel sure the skills you develop hold you in good stead in life. In part I am the parent and person I am because of my knowledge and skills as an educator.'
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Children’s services manager
Early childhood is a long term career with opportunities for progression into leadership positions, including coordinating a children’s service. Leaders play a vital role in the early childhood sector supporting the learning, development, health and wellbeing of young children, including babies and toddlers.
Janine Brown, manager family and children's services:
'As a senior manager in a council with a $16 million budget, I manage 300 staff servicing 4500 families across 48 purpose-built facilities each week. I also strategically plan for the whole community’s health, wellbeing, and economic and environmental needs.
My work requires, creativity, complex problem solving and decision-making and monitoring against the strategic vision for our community. [Working in early childhood] I have had the privilege to be part of the village that raises the child, supports the family and contributes to the future of our community and nation.'
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