Early Childhood Educator

Job Description

Childcare Educators are responsible for caring for infants and young children up to six years of age who are placed into care while their parents are busy working or otherwise. They attend to the basic needs of children, such as dressing, feeding, and overseeing play. Childcare Educators teach young children basic vocabulary, reading and writing, and developing the foundations of social interactions. Childcare Educators regularly communicate with children’s families and the teams they work in.

Careers Ladder


You will need to gain a qualification in early childhood education or children’s services to become a childcare educator in Australia.

You will also require a current Working with Children Check and undergo a police check.

A First Aid Certificate may also be required.

You may be able to gain a traineeship while you study. Qualifications include;

  • Certificate III in early Childhood Education and Care
  • Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care


  • Charismatic
  • Cheerful
  • Communicator
  • Educated
  • Energetic
  • Enthusiastic
  • Friendly
  • Imaginative
  • Interpersonal
  • Patient
  • Procedural
  • Responsible
  • Team Player

Key Skills

  • Developmental Activities
  • Supervision
  • Record Keeping
  • Working with Children
  • First Aid
  • Early Years Learning Framework
  • Anaphylaxis Management
  • Child Protection
  • Children Services

Future Prospects

There are many opportunities for Childcare Educators wishing to further their career, such as becoming an Early Childhood Educator or Childcare Centre Manager.