Early childhood professionals are the heart and soul of early childhood education and are central to driving high-quality learning experiences for children across NSW.

To help support this invaluable work, the Department of Education is developing programs to attract more staff, retain current teachers and educators and provide opportunities for existing workers to upskill.

Why work in early childhood education and care

What happens in the early years of a child’s life has been shown to have an impact throughout their entire life, across all phases of life and between generations. Early childhood educators and teachers are highly skilled professionals who play a vital role in the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of children.

There has never been a better time to start your career in early childhood education. The sector is growing, with many opportunities to develop a professionally rewarding career. Employment opportunities in early childhood are available in locations across NSW.

I'm interested in an early childhood career

Start your career in ECEC with information on roles, pathways and support to help you on your journey.

I'm a current early childhood educator

Build on your qualification, passion and experience in the ECEC sector with support to help you take the next step.

I'm a current early childhood teacher

Expand your existing skills as an early childhood teacher to build and support the wellbeing and learning of children in NSW.

Career excellence in action

Regardless of where you are in your career as an ECEC professional, we have information, support, and incentives to help you gain confidence and engage with the wider community of highly skilled ECEC professionals.

A career for life

Early childhood is an exciting sector, with opportunities for professional growth within a range of employment settings.

For instance, you may start as an early childhood educator in a long day care or community preschool, add qualifications and experience to become a service manager, move to a policy or management position with government and end up as a university lecturer inspiring the next generation. You could also lead and manage your own business as the self-employed owner of an early childhood service.

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