Child Care Centre Managers plan, organise, direct, control and coordinate the activities of childcare centres and services including physical and human resources.

A skill level equal to Bachelor Degree or higher, or at least 5 years of relevant experience is usually needed to work in this job. Around two in five workers have a Bachelor Degree.

Tasks

  • developing and implementing programs to enhance the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of young children
  • providing care for children in before-school, after-school, day, and vacation care centres
  • directing and supervising Child Carers in providing care and supervision for young children
  • ensuring the centre is a safe area for children, staff and visitors
  • complying with relevant government requirements and standards
  • liaising with parents
  • maintaining records and accounts for the centre
  • recruiting staff and coordinating professional development

Job Titles

  • Child Care Centre Manager, Director or Coordinator

    Fast Facts

    • $1,160 Weekly Pay
    • 16,400 workers Employment Size
    • Very strong Future Growth
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 67.4% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 38.1 hours Average full-time
    • 36.5 years Average age
    • 92.3% female Gender Share

    The number of Child Care Centre Managers grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow very strongly over the next 5 years:
    from 16,400 in 2017 to 19,900 by 2022.
    There are likely to be around 12,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

    • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2017.
    • Location: Child Care Centre Managers work in most regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Health Care and Social Assistance; Education and Training; and Arts and Recreation Services.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers earn around $1,160 per week (similar to the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (67.4%, similar to the all jobs average of 68.4%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 38.1 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 37 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 92.3% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
    YearNumber of Workers
    200710900
    20088400
    200912300
    201010200
    201113700
    20129800
    201312900
    201412100
    201511400
    201613100
    201716400
    202219900

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
    EarningsChild Care Centre ManagersAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings11601230

    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Health Care and Social Assistance78.2
    Education and Training15.1
    Arts and Recreation Services4.8
    Other Services1.0
    Other Industries0.9

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateChild Care Centre ManagersAll Jobs Average
    NSW37.931.6
    VIC19.026.2
    QLD19.019.7
    SA9.16.7
    WA10.010.8
    TAS1.42.0
    NT1.21.1
    ACT2.31.8

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketChild Care Centre ManagersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.25.2
    20-2410.6-9.99.9
    25-3435.6-23.623.6
    35-4418.3-21.721.7
    45-5421.9-20.820.8
    55-5910.6-8.88.8
    60-641.5-6.06.0
    65 and Over1.4-4.04.0

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    No data is available for the selected graph for this Occupation.

    A skill level equal to Bachelor Degree or higher, or at least 5 years of relevant experience is usually needed to work in this job.
    Around two in five workers have a Bachelor Degree.

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    Employers look for Child Care Managers who have strong interpersonal skills, are organised and reliable.

    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Administration and Management

      90% Important

      Planning and coordination of people and resources.

    2. Education and Training

      88% Important

      Teaching and course design.

    3. Customer and Personal Service

      86% Important

      Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    4. English Language

      85% Important

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    5. Psychology

      78% Important

      Human behaviour and performance; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioural and affective disorders.

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    Activities

    These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

    1. Performing Administrative Activities

      90% Important

      Doing day-to-day office work such as filing and processing paperwork.

    2. Making Decisions and Solving Problems

      86% Important

      Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

    3. Assisting and Caring for Others

      85% Important

      Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support to people such as co-workers, customers, or patients.

    4. Checking Compliance with Standards

      84% Important

      Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

    5. Performing for or Working Directly with the Public

      83% Important

      Performing for, or speaking with, the public. This includes speaking on television, serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

    Occupational Information Network
    O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
    The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 11-9031.00 - Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare Center/Program.

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