Course code: MHE20510MN

Manage an Early Childhood Education and Care Service

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Overview About this course

Learn to lead with confidence as you build your knowledge of management and operations in the early childhood education and care sector. This is a great short course if you’re working in the industry and want to learn what it takes to successfully manage an early childhood education and care service. Keep up to date with the latest legal requirements of service operation and gain the skills to increase your roles and responsibilities.

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Investigate the variety of early childhood services that provide educational programs for children

  • Follow and adhere to licensing and regulations (National Quality Standard, National Law and Regulations (ACECQA), Early Years Learning Framework)

  • Devise strategies to recruit, lead and mentor others

  • Work closely with your peers and collaborate in a teamwork environment

  • Develop your financial management and marketing knowledge to promote your service within a specific context

Course outcomes

Develop specialist skills to gain an advantage in the job market

  • A microcredential qualification in Manage an Early Childhood Education and Care Service

  • The knowledge to examine early childhood education and care service compliance regarding regulatory requirements

  • Experience in outlining early childhood education and care service operational management requirements

  • The skills to devise strategies to lead and mentor others in quality assurance system requirements

Suitability Is this course right for you?

Entry requirements

This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

You must demonstrate that you have achieved one of the following:

  • A NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC) or its equivalent or

  • A Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation or its equivalent or

  • A completed certificate IV or higher vocational qualification

You must also:

  • Attend a pre-admission interview where you may also be asked to complete a short literacy and numeracy task - this helps us to understand how we can support your study success and provide you with any necessary support


  • Your certificates, transcripts and other entry requirement evidence must be certified through a Justice of the Peace or other authorising officer

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • Knowledge and awareness of registered centres and early childcare environments

  • A current First Aid Certificate including CPR, anaphylaxis and asthma awareness training to meet WorkCover requirements

  • The Child Protection Awareness Training (induction) Unit of Competence CHCPRT001 – Identify and respond to children and young people at risk of harm

  • The ability to work with people in difficult situations and circumstances

  • Awareness that you’ll need to attend a 5 1/2 hour orientation before class commences

  • Decision-making skills and the ability to respond and act quickly in situations

  • The ability to improve quality outcomes for children, families, colleagues and services

You do not require an ATAR score for entry into this course.

If you are unable to meet the entry requirements, you may be eligible for special admission.

Please continue with your application and you will be guided to identify as mature aged (at least 21 years old in your first year of study) or disadvantaged (disability, serious or chronic illness, interrupted education, lack of support for study, serious personal problems and/or serious family responsibilities). Please contact us to find out more.

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future career and study options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: early childhood (pre-primary School) teacher, preschool teacher, long daycare teacher, childcare centre director , family support specialist and policy advisor.


You will need to have a current Working With Children Check and all necessary vaccinations that your workplace may require. Childcare licensing requirements vary from state to state. The Education and Care Services national regulations can be found here.

Study pathways

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Subjects Subjects in this course

Completion of this course requires you to successfully complete 1 subject.

Core Subjects

    Elective Subjects

      Note: Some courses offer the opportunity to choose subjects from the complete suite of Higher Education electives that are delivered by TAFE NSW. Once you’ve enrolled, contact your Course Coordinator to discuss tailoring your course to align with your interests and goals.

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      TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

      • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

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