How To Become an Early Childhood Lead Educator

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What is an early childhood lead educator?

An early childhood lead educator is a professional who provides educational leadership and direction for a team of early childhood educators. 

They are responsible for creating an environment that is conducive to learning and development, and for ensuring that the team of educators they work with are able to provide high-quality care and education to children.

Lead educators play a vital role in supporting the development of young children. 

They work to create an environment that is safe, nurturing, and responsive to the individual needs of each child. 

In addition, lead educators provide guidance and support to the early childhood educators they work with, helping them to develop their skills and knowledge in order to better serve the children in their care.

If you are interested in working as an early childhood lead educator, it is important to have a strong foundation in child development and early childhood education. In addition, lead educators must be able to effectively communicate and collaborate with other professionals, families, and community members. They must also be able to create and maintain positive relationships with the children they work with.

How to become an early childhood lead educator in Australia

If you are interested in becoming an early childhood lead educator, there are a few things you can do to get started. 

First, you will need to undertake a qualification in early childhood education and care. Holding, or working towards, a qualification is mandatory for this career. 

Depending on your qualification and experience, you may begin working as an assistant in an early childhood setting. This experience will help you better understand the day-to-day responsibilities of lead educators and prepare you for the challenges of this career.


The minimum requirement to be an early educator is a Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (completed or in progress). It takes around 12 months to complete. Lead educators may also hold higher qualifications.

You will be required to complete a certain amount of mandatory work placement while completing your studies. What better way to learn than to balance theory with the practical skills you’ll pick up on the job?

Work Experience and Jobs

The educator (childcare worker) shortage is no longer just a concern for parents. It’s an issue that affects children and their future success in life, which means it’s time to take action! 

ELACCA is helping Australia meet this need, with members providing around 25% of all early childhood (childcare) places across the country, educating 243,000 children in 3,200 services. If you want to make a difference, contact our members to find out about jobs and work experience.

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