Working with children can be one of the most rewarding experiences of anyone’s life.

early childhood educationChild Care Centre Manager is currently on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List  (MLTSSL) to view this list Please Click Here

Child care centre managers direct and supervise child care workers, develop and implement programs to enhance the lives of young Australians and provide care for young children in before-school, after-school, day and vacation care centres.

Employment in this qualification has rose very strongly in the last 5 years and is expected to keep growing. This course would be suited to anyone who likes working with children and would like to play a part in nurturing and developing young minds.

The Course:


Cert III & Diploma of Early Childhood Education (*This course is also often packaged with the Diploma of Leadership and Management)


Course Duration: 2 years (including 360 hours of practicum working in a childcare)

Intake Dates: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov

Locations: Gold Coast, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth

Costs: $8,500 – $12,000 per year

Common Course Requirements:

  1. Must have graduated year 10 in home country.
  2. Must have a minimum of IELTS 5.5 overall.

Graduate Outcome:

Graduates will be skilled in many aspects of childcare including:

  • Develop positive and respectful relationships with children.
  • Provide care with babies and toddlers.
  • Nurture creativity in children.
  • Develop cultural competence.
  • Implement strategies for inclusion of all children.

This course can also provide a pathway to Bachelor or Bachelor of Education majoring in Early Childhood. If you complete a Diploma of Early Childhood Education, you may be given Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) for your Bachelor of Education and reduce the time of the course significantly.

Job Forecast & Career Information:

  • Full time child care centre manager average weekly income is $1094 per week
  • The average hours worked by a childcare centre worker in Australia is 39.3 hours per week.
  • Employment for this occupation rose very strongly in the past five years and rose very strongly in the long-term
  • Childcare centre managers have an above average proportion of full-time jobs (86 per cent).
  • Childcare workers generally do not work independently, instead working for a childcare centre.

Education Pathways:

Child Care Centre Manager (134111) is currently on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List. The current education qualification requirement to obtain a positive skills assessment is a Diploma of Early Childhood Education. By studying a package of courses that go for 2 years and result in a Diploma of Children’s Services you may be able to begin your pathway to living and working in Australia. You may even be able to do this without being sponsored by an employer and you may not need to live in a regional area. Below are some simple steps that may allow you to go down this pathway.

Step 1: Study a course or package of courses that go for at least 2 years and includes the Diploma of Early Childhood Education

  • Cert III in Early Childhood Education (6 months)
  • Diploma of Early Childhood Education (1 year)
  • Diploma of Management (6 months)

Step 2: By studying for 2 years and undertaking 360 hours of vocational placement during your studies (most education providers will arrange this for you), you may be eligible to apply for and receive the temporary graduate visa

The graduate visa is a work visa that allows the visa holder to live and work in Australia for up to 18 months. For more information on the graduate visa click here.

Step 3: On the graduate visa, you will be able to undertake part in the Job Ready Program.

The benefits of the JRP is that on completion you will be provided with a positive skills assessment for general migration purposes. On this program you must work for at least 12 months as a Child Care Centre Manager.  The Childcare will need to have a minimum of 20 children in the 0-5 age group. Your employer will not need to sponsor your visa, as you will already be on the graduate visa. This will mean that you have a lot higher chance of finding employment as it is very easy for the employer to hire you. You may find this video on the Job Ready Program helpful.

Step 4: Once you have completed the Job Ready Program as a Child Care Centre Manager you will receive a positive skills assessment. Once you have the positive skills assessment you will be able to apply for general skilled migration visas.

If eligible, the general skilled migration visas do not require you to have an employer that is willing to sponsor your visa. Please note that you will still be required to pass the points test and health checks to apply for this visa.


If you are interested in studying Early Childhood Education in Australia contact Pathway to Aus to speak with one of our Education or Migration Agents. We can explain to you the course costs, duration and education providers so you better know your options. 

P: +61(7)55327 000 

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What our Students say:

Claire (UK) – Childcare

What were you doing before you studied Childcare?

I had worked as an Aupair for a few families in Aus when I was on a working holiday visa. Back in the UK I used to work in gym, so completely different. I applied for this course when I was still on my working holiday visa.

Where do you study?

I study the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care at Charlton Brown in Brisbane.

How many days do you go to class per week?

We are in class for 2 full days and then a practical day once a week where we go to a childcare centre. And then once a month we have a full week of practical training where we do vocational placement at a childcare centre.

Where do you do your vocational placement and how did you organise it?

I do my practical at Stones Corner childcare at the moment, but we get placed at a few. Basically to organise it, we give the school a list of five centres close to you and then the schools organise your vocational placement

Do you have homework?

Yes you have to do assessment. You can do a lot of it in class, but anything you miss you have to do outside of class.

What job are you doing whilst you study?

I signed up to the college job agency and they have organized me a few short term jobs. At the moment, I pick up a little girl up from school and take her to the foster parents house. This was all organized through the school. I also do a little baby sitting. I get several different other jobs from the school agency.

How are you dealing with money?

I generally earn enough to live off.

How are your teachers?

The teachers are really good, they have a lot of experience. They are the best thing about the school. They honestly really care and are always there to help. I had a few tough patches and they were great, helping me through it.

Tell us about your classmates?

The students are from all over the world. China, Philippines, Spain, the UK and other places.

What is the average age of classmates?

There are few male student, but it is mainly females. Everyone is generally around late twenties. But some are older or younger.

What is the most difficult thing about the course?

Some of the assessments are quite difficult to understand, but if you ask a trainer they are great and help you to undertand.

How are the facilities?

They are all good. There is a kitchen and classrooms and everything you need.

What are your plans when you graduate?

I want to keep working in the industry in Aus. I love working with children.

Do you feel like you are learning a lot?

Yes definitely

What is your favourite part of course so far?

I really enjoy being on practical and working with kids and practicing what you learn.

Do you think it will be difficult to get a job in the industry?

There are a lot of places advertising all the time, so I don’t think it will be. There are a lot of prac students getting taken on for work by the childcare centres they work at.