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

Also known as: Child Care Centre Director or Coordinator.

You usually need a diploma in early childhood education and care to work as a Child Care Centre Manager. It is also common for Child Care Centre Managers to complete a Bachelor qualification.

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

All Child Care Centre Managers

  • $1,272 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 13,300 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 71% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 40 years Average age
  • 92% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Child Care Centre Managers (in their main job) grew moderately the past 5 years and is expected to grow very strongly over the next 5 years:
from 13,300 in 2018 to 16,000 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 10,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 2,000 a year).

  • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
  • Location: Child Care Centre Managers work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Health Care and Social Assistance; Education and Training; and Public Administration and Safety.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,272 per week (below the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (71%, higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 40 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 92% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business talks with employers who have tried to fill vacancies. Find out more in the latest report on Child Care Centre Managers.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
YearNumber of Workers
20088400
200912300
201010200
201113700
20129800
201312800
201411900
201511800
201613100
201718800
201813300
202316000

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. 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 Earnings12721460

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Health Care and Social Assistance66.6
Education and Training26.0
Public Administration and Safety3.2
Other Services1.5
Other Industries2.7

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, 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
NSW32.031.6
VIC22.425.6
QLD24.520.0
SA7.07.0
WA9.210.8
TAS1.42.0
NT1.41.0
ACT2.11.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketChild Care Centre ManagersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.4-5.05.0
20-245.3-9.39.3
25-3428.7-22.922.9
35-4429.7-22.022.0
45-5421.8-21.621.6
55-597.6-9.09.0
60-644.3-6.06.0
65 and Over2.3-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationChild Care Centre ManagersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate13.4-10.110.1
Bachelor degree27.1-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma46.7-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV6.3-21.121.1
Year 124.6-18.118.1
Year 110.6-4.84.8
Year 10 and below1.4-12.512.5

You usually need a diploma in early childhood education and care to work as a Child Care Centre Manager. It is also common for Child Care Centre Managers to complete a Bachelor qualification.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • national police check
  • working with children check
  • first aid certificate
  • training in anaphylaxis and/or asthma management

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
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  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
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Employers look for Child Care Managers who have strong interpersonal skills, are organised and reliable.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Education and Training

    77% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  2. Customer and Personal Service

    75% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  3. Clerical

    66% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  4. Personnel and Human Resources

    63% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  5. Administration and Management

    62% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

Occupational Information Network
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The skills and 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.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Telephone

    100% Important

    How often do you talk on the telephone?

  2. Face-to-Face Discussions

    99% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

  3. Frequency of Decision Making

    97% Important

    How often do you make decisions that affect other people?

  4. Impact of Decisions

    97% Important

    What results do your decisions have on other people?

  5. Work With Work Group or Team

    96% Important

    How important is it to work with others in a group or team?

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and 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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