Top 10 Skills You’ll Learn in Early Childhood Education & Care and Why They Matter

Sam Hendry

Embarking on a journey in Early Childhood Education and Care is not just about earning a certificate; it’s about shaping futures. Whether you’re aiming for a CHC30121 Certificate 3 in Early Childhood Education and Care or CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care in Australia, the learning and skills you acquire will be your toolkit for nurturing young minds. This career path offers a blend of challenges and rewards unparalleled in other fields.

In this blog post Sam Hendry, KKTC’s CEO and Managing Director (pictured) unpacks the top 10 skills and offers some further advice on why these skills are so important as you embark on your journey to becoming a great educator.

1. Understanding Child Development

Grasping the nuances of child development is foundational. You’ll learn about the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional growth stages from infancy through to the preschool years. This knowledge allows you to craft learning experiences that support each child’s development stage, ensuring they thrive in all aspects of their growth.

2. Effective Communication Techniques

Communication is key, not just with children but also with their families and your colleagues. You’ll refine both your verbal and non-verbal communication skills, enabling you to express yourself clearly, listen actively, and build strong relationships within your educational community.

3. Creativity in Learning

Creativity isn’t just about arts and crafts; it’s a way of thinking. You’ll learn how to design engaging and innovative learning activities that spark curiosity and foster a love of learning. This skill ensures that every day is a new adventure for your students, filled with exploration and discovery.

4. Room Management

Creating a supportive, structured learning environment is crucial. Room management skills help you establish routines, manage behaviours positively, and ensure every child feels safe and valued. This creates a space where learning and growth flourish.

5. Observation and Assessment

Observing and assessing children’s progress is vital for tailoring your teaching strategies to meet individual needs. These skills enable you to identify areas where children excel or need extra support, making education a truly personalised experience.

6. Inclusivity and Diversity

Embracing diversity means recognising and valuing the unique backgrounds, abilities, and strengths of all children and their families. You’ll learn to create an inclusive environment that respects and celebrates differences, promoting equality and understanding.

7. Health and Safety

A safe room is the cornerstone of effective learning. You’ll become versed in health, safety, and nutrition principles, ensuring you can provide a secure and healthy environment for your students to learn and play.

8. Professional Ethics

Ethics and professionalism form the backbone of your role as an educator. You’ll understand the importance of confidentiality, professional boundaries, and ethical conduct, fostering a trustworthy and respectful educational setting.

9. Leadership and Teamwork

Whether you’re leading a room or collaborating with peers, leadership and teamwork skills are essential. You’ll learn to inspire, motivate, and work cohesively with others, contributing to a positive and productive educational environment.

10. Lifelong Learning

The journey doesn’t end with certification. Embracing lifelong learning ensures you stay at the forefront of educational practices and personal growth. This commitment to excellence sets you apart as a dedicated and passionate educator. KKTC has articulation agreements with Universities that offer a pathway to higher education. And in many cases the credits you can receive from this articulation can reduce the time it will take you to become tertiary qualified.

Key Takeaways

Sam summarises the key take aways by stating “KKTC’s program of detailed practical learning and support for every student that comes through the college is transformative. Our commitment to our students is to equip them with a comprehensive skill set. Our mission is to deliver a higher quality of educational outcomes for the sector one student at a time.”
He adds, “These top 10 skills not only prepare you for the challenges of early childhood education but also highlight the profound impact you can have on young lives. As you contemplate this rewarding career path, remember that the skills you acquire will shape the futures of the next generation. And our Trainers and Assessors will be with you every step of the way. It is what makes our college unique. We have an unwavering commitment to our students’ success.”

Ready to Make a Difference?

Are you ready to make a difference in the lives of children and embark on a fulfilling career as an Early Childhood Educator? Explore our CHC30121 Certificate 3 in Early Childhood Education and Care and CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care programs offered in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia. Right now there are many State and Federal Government incentives that remove the financial barriers to undertaking training in the ECEC sector. Join us in nurturing the minds and hearts of our youngest learners. Your journey starts here!

Unveiling Your Path: The Bright Career Progression for Early Childhood Educators

In the heart of the dynamic field of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) lies a world brimming with opportunities for nurturing minds and shaping futures. A fulfilling career as an Early Childhood Educator starts with acquiring the CHC30121 Early Childhood Education and Care qualification – a 17 unit course which includes undertaking 160 hours of vocational placement in an approved setting.

According to the Australian Government’s Job Outlook service, the Early Childhood Education and Care industry is experiencing very strong growth. Qualified candidates are in high demand in this very large sector with around 184,000 job openings expected over the next five years.

“Currently we are seeing students enrolling in the CHC30121 Early Childhood Education and Care being offered employment very early in the course,” said KKTC’s CEO and Managing Director Sam Hendry.

“The CHC30121 Early Childhood Education and Care covers a number of core skills, including how to plan, implement and evaluate educational early childhood programs, support healthy meal times for children and foster individual development. Our trainers and assessors will help support you in learning legal principles, national quality frameworks and other specific industry requirements,” Sam said.

“KKTC is all about the student journey. From the moment of enquiry to completion, we are here for our students to make the transition from training to employment a successful one. We aim for the journey to be one where the student confidently progresses into the sector with the foundation knowledge and skills required to set them up for a long and successful career in the sector.”

KKTC supports thousands of students across Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia and Sam believes the ECEC sector is ‘ripe with paths for career advancement, professional and personal fulfillment from the joy of working with children.’

“There are very few careers that give you the opportunity to make a meaningful difference. The world is a better place for educators and the joy and fulfillment from making a difference in the lives of children is extremely special and rewarding for those who participate in this sector.” Sam said.

The Path to Leadership: Diploma in Childhood Education and Care

Progressing to a Diploma in Childhood Education and Care opens doors to leadership roles within the sector. This advanced qualification prepares you for responsibilities in designing and implementing curriculum and managing staff. It’s a leap towards shaping educational settings and leading teams to deliver high-quality early childhood education.

“We do encourage students completing their CHC30121 Early Childhood Education and Care qualification to progress towards the CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care qualification. And then often use that qualification to enrol at tertiary level where some courses can receive credits for having completed the CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care qualification. In the case of the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education at Southern Cross University for example, that University will offer the student 8 units of a total of 24 having completed the CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care with KKTC. So, there is a clear pathway for those committed to their professional development.”

Career Progression Opportunities

CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care graduates can really turbo charge their careers.

Entry to this qualification is open to individuals who:

  1. Hold a CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care or
  2. CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.

To achieve this qualification, students must have completed a total of least 280 hours of work in a long day care setting. The total number of hours may be applied collectively across all units of competency that include the requirement for workplace hours.

“We increasingly see CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care graduates being offered senior roles in the sector once they have some years in service,” Sam said.

  • Centre Director or Manager: With experience and further education, including the Diploma, you can aspire to become a Centre Director or Manager. This role involves overseeing the daily operations of an early childhood service, ensuring compliance with regulations, and leading a team of educators in delivering exceptional care and education.
  • Educational Leader: This role focuses on guiding and mentoring educators in their practice, particularly around curriculum development and implementation. Educational Leaders play a crucial role in enhancing the quality of education and care within their service.
  • Special Needs Educator: Specializing in supporting children with additional needs. Special Needs Educators work closely with families, therapists, and other professionals to provide inclusive education and care.
  • Early Childhood Trainer and Assessor: Leveraging your experience and expertise, you can transition into roles that support the training and development of future educators, contributing to the sector’s growth and quality. For this qualification you will need to complete the TAE 40116.
  • Policy Development and Advocacy: With deep industry knowledge, some educators move into roles influencing early childhood education policy and advocacy, working with government bodies or NGOs to shape the future of ECEC.

Lifelong Learning and Professional Development

The ECEC sector values lifelong learning. Engaging in continuous professional development through workshops, courses, and conferences not only enriches your practice but also keeps you abreast of the latest research and methodologies in early childhood education. These learning opportunities can further enhance your career trajectory, opening up new avenues for advancement.

The Impact of Technology and Innovation

The integration of technology and innovative teaching methodologies in ECEC presents new challenges and opportunities for career development. Staying adaptable and open to learning about new tools and approaches can set you apart as a forward-thinking educator.

Networking and Community Engagement

Building a strong professional network and engaging with the early childhood education community can open doors to opportunities not traditionally advertised. Participating in forums, joining professional associations, and attending industry events are excellent ways to connect with peers, mentors, and potential employers.

Take The Leap Today!

If you are reading this, then perhaps you are considering transitioning your career. The path for Early Childhood Educators is rich with possibilities for growth, leadership, and impact. The ECEC sector offers many fulfilling and dynamic career options and by investing in your education the possibilities to unfold.

As you navigate your career in Early Childhood Education and Care, remember that your journey is not just about personal advancement but also about contributing to the foundational years of the next generation. The roles you’ll assume, the knowledge you’ll share, and the care you’ll provide are integral to fostering a love for learning in young minds. Embrace the journey with passion, dedication, and a vision for the future, and watch as your career in Early Childhood Education unfolds into a rewarding and impactful journey.

“Really the opportunities have no bounds and the more you invest in your education the greater the potential breadth of career opportunities,” Sam said.

Why not enquire about enrolling today? Simply visit or call us on 1300 048 133.

Early Childhood Education and Care Qualification Options

To work in a childcare centre in Australia, the minimum qualification needed is the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. This is a nationally recognised qualification that covers the basics of child development, health and safety, curriculum, and communication. It usually takes 12 to 18 months to complete and at KKTC we can get you started quickly.

However, if you want to advance your career and take on more responsibilities, such as leading a team of educators or working as an early childhood teacher, you will need higher qualifications, such as Certificate IV in School-Age Education and Care, Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care, or Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood). These qualifications will equip you with more skills and knowledge in areas such as leadership, management, pedagogy, and assessment. They will also increase your employment opportunities and earning potential.

  • To enrol in any of these qualifications, you will need to meet certain entry requirements, such as:
  • Year 12 certificate,
  • Working with Children Check
  • First Aid Certificate,
  • and a satisfactory level of English proficiency.

You will also need to complete practical placements in approved childcare services as part of your course.

New Training Package

Effective July 2021, both the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care underwent substantial revisions in their qualification content, encompassing changes to core and elective units. These adjustments were made to align with sector requirements and, primarily, to ensure compliance with the National Quality Framework.

Notably, the previous Diploma of Early Education and Care (CHC50113) had no entry requirements. In contrast, the updated Diploma of Early Education and Care (CHC50121) now mandates that students hold either a CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care or a CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.

A Rewarding Career Awaits!

Working in Early Childhood Education and Care can be a rewarding and fulfilling career, as you get to witness the growth and development of children and contribute to their well-being. Some of the benefits of working in childcare include:

  • Making a difference: You can have a positive impact on children’s lives by providing them with quality education and care, nurturing their curiosity, creativity, and confidence, and supporting their social and emotional skills.
  • Learning and growing: You can constantly learn and grow as a professional by engaging in ongoing training and development, keeping up with the latest research and best practices, and reflecting on your own practice and feedback.
  • Being part of a community: You can build strong relationships with children, families, colleagues, and other stakeholders, and be part of a supportive and collaborative community that shares your passion and values.
  • Enjoying flexibility and diversity: You can enjoy a flexible and diverse work environment, as you can choose from different types of childcare services, locations, hours, and roles, and experience different cultures, backgrounds, and abilities of children and families.
  • Accessing Government subsidised training: Early Childhood Education and Care is a priority 1 funded area of Government. In every state that KKTC trains in, there is fee free training or heavily subsidised training for eligible students. Check out our Funding Eligibility section for details.

Updates to the Early Years Learning Framework

In this blog post, Kirsty Crozzoli, KKTC’s National Training Quality and Process Coordinator highlights some of the changes and what service providers need to consider from ACECQA’s recent updates to the EYLF.

Following a process to refresh the national frameworks, updated versions of both national approved learning frameworks were released in early 2023. These new frameworks can be found here

Approved providers and their services are now encouraged to begin familiarising themselves with the updated learning frameworks and adjusting relevant aspects of their educational program and practice where needed to reflect new or amended aspects of the frameworks.

KKTC is currently working on integrating these frameworks into the CHCECE034 assessment, considering the integration timeframes of each service and the full introduction of the framework in 2024.

What are the key changes?

The main differences are a stronger connection between the frameworks and the National Quality Standard in areas such as sustainability, theoretical approaches, critical reflection, the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of being, knowing and doing, and inclusion.

Three new principles have been added to both frameworks – one which promotes collaborative leadership and teamwork, one which focuses on sustainability, and one which centres on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives. The below principles reflect on contemporary theories, perspective and research concerning children’s learning, development and wellbeing.

The new principles are:

  • Secure, respectful and reciprocal relationships
  • Partnerships
  • Respect for diversity
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives
  • Equity, inclusion and high expectations
  • Sustainability
  • Critical reflection and ongoing professional learning
  • Collaborative leadership and teamwork

The updated learning frameworks also include a revised cycle of planning.










Some pointers

Kirsty highlights some practical steps for service managers to address to enable their educators to familiarise themselves with the updates.

“Our sector is very good at embracing changes in pedagogical practice and leadership in centre is critically important to build awareness amongst the whole team of educators, notably with changes contained in this update,” Kirsty said.

“Some of the initiatives centre leadership can enact include:

  1. Provide access to the document in your staff room, planning room or online resources,
  2. Review a new change at each staff meeting- thinking about how the service currently implements this and what future changes may be required,
  3. Have your educational leader spend time with each educator or each room group to discuss the changes, using the ACECQ comparison tool to review the old to new documents,
  4. Reflect on the impact the planning cycle has currently in your service, is this visible to families, are all educators involved in observing, planning, and implementing?”


ACECQA said in announcing the new framework, “Approved learning frameworks are a critically important part of the National Quality Framework (NQF).”

“They guide early childhood teachers and other educators in the design, delivery and evaluation of quality learning and development experiences for more than 1.5 million children attending over 17,000 education and care services across Australia.”

Final note – for our Victorian students and centres, no changes have been made to the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework.

KKTC addresses staff shortages in childcare

As the early childhood education industry faces a detrimental staff shortage across the country, KKTC has sought ways to simplify and streamline the process of enrolling childcare trainees and apprentices.

By liaising with employers and apprenticeship centres, College Manager Sam Hendry has established a process to take the stress and hassle out of signing-up and enrolling trainees and apprentices.

“When we see such a desperate need for staff in sectors like childcare, it’s important to look into why jobs aren’t being filled and what processes could be improved to fix this problem,” Sam said.

“It seems that a big issue is in the process of onboarding and enrolling trainees and apprentices as this can often be a lengthy and complicated procedure.”

To further encourage job growth in the childcare sector, Australian Apprenticeships have introduced the Australian Apprenticeships Incentive System, which aims to “build a more inclusive and sustainable economy”.

From 1 July, employers can claim a wage subsidy for apprentices in occupations on the Australian Apprenticeships Priority List – including childcare workers.

Childcare employers can claim the Priority Wage Subsidy for apprentices completing a Certificate III or higher-level qualification, which grants 10 per cent of wages for the first two years, and five per cent for the third year.

“An incentive such as this is a huge win for employers, especially after the closing of BAC (Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements) Fund at the end of the last financial year,” said Sam.

“When employers know that they will receive money-back on their employee wages, it really becomes a no-brainer and boosts the employment opportunities for aspiring childcare educators.”

For more information on the Australian Apprenticeships Incentive System, see our last post.

If you’re a childcare employer looking for staff, or an aspiring childcare worker looking to get started, upskill, or reskill, give our team a call on 1300 048 133 to learn more and enrol.

Gold Coast Mayoral Mission to UK and Spain

KKTC participated in the Gold Coast Mayoral Mission to UK and Spain earlier this month.

Sam Hendry, KKTC’s College Manager represented the college and networked with international agents in both countries.

Sam said on return, “It was an eye opener for sure. What is clearly evident following the challenges of COVID, is that in both countries international student movement is starting to happen. Australia and the Gold Coast are desirable once again for international education.”

“Why Gold Coast” Event at The Athenaeum Club, London

Over the course of two weeks, Sam attended 8 major networking events and many follow up meetings with education agents, ed tech companies and government agencies.

While KKTC has welcomed onshore international students since 2018, the college has recently expanded its student-base to include offshore students.

Gold Coast Destination Showcase and Networking Breakfast – Mayor Tom Tate talking in London

“It was great to connect with new agents offshore and be introduced to new technologies that are focussed on helping students find their pathway for education to their desired institution and location” Sam said.

Gold Coast Destination Showcase & Networking Event – KKTC College Manager Sam Hendry talking in Barcelona

KKTC is well placed with its brand new headquarters in Southport and network of high quality centres it trains in to support students from the UK and Spain who want a quality training experience whilst living on the Gold Coast – Australia’s favourite classroom.

KKTC is offering the CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care qualifications to both onshore and offshore international students.

Mayoral Mission

Gold Coast Destination Showcase and Networking Breakfast – Chairman of Study Gold Coast the Hon Rob Borbidge AO

KKTC to join Mayoral Mission to UK

KKTC is excited to be invited to attend the Gold Coast Mayoral Mission to UK and Spain in late July.

The Training College is one of 40 businesses selected by City of Gold Coast to accompany Mayor Tom Tate on a tour of the UK and Spain to promote the capabilities, products, and services of Gold Coast businesses.

Representing KKTC will be College Manager Sam Hendry, whose ambitions for the Training College have long expanded across international waters.

While KKTC has welcomed onshore international students since 2018, the college has recently expanded its student-base to include offshore students.

Sam hopes this overseas venture will illuminate the opportunities for training and employment in the childcare sector on the Gold Coast.

“There really is not a better location than the Gold Coast to study as an international student and this mission will connect our college with agents and influences to promote that,” Sam said.

The mission comes at a time of great need. Australia’s childcare sector is in a staffing crisis, with the demand for qualified childcare educators at an all time high.

For Sam, this is not a time of lost hope, but rather a beacon for opportunity.

“We have to think outside the square,” Sam said.

“We all know Australia is the best country in the world and the Gold Coast is the best place to live in Australia and the education sector on the Gold Coast is fast emerging as a key pillar in the economic growth of the region. KKTC is perfectly placed to support international students on their educational journey in Australia. This mission will create opportunities at a time of great need.”

KKTC is offering the CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care qualifications to both onshore and offshore international students.

“Not only will our training prepare you for a fulfilling career in childcare, but it could also open doors to further study at Gold Coast Universities,” Sam said.


Interested to learn more about the mission, click HERE


For more information on the UK and Spain mission and to make a time to meet with Sam, visit

For more information on enrolment and study pathways, visit our page at International Students.

Sam is available to meet with your agency whilst on the mission. Simply email

Apprenticeship Scheme

Boosting Apprenticeships Scheme Extended Until June 30

For many of you reading this you would have already hired a trainee or apprentice under the Federal Government’s $1.4B Boosting Apprenticeships Scheme.

If you have not as yet, then the good news is that the scheme has been extended!

A 50% Wage Subsidy, Up to a Cap of $7,000 per quarter

The Boosting Apprenticeship Commencement wage subsidy, which provides employers with 12 months of wage subsidy support, is now extended until 30 June 2022.

The subsidy is for a maximum of $7000 per quarter, for wages paid in the 12-month period from the date they start.

We note also from the announcement from the Prime Minister yesterday that the wage subsidy will also be eligible for extended support through the Completing Apprenticeship Commencements (CAC) for the second (10pc capped at $1500 per quarter) and third year (5pc capped at $750 per quarter).

There Has Never Been a Better Time To Hire a Trainee

The Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements (BAC) wage subsidy is a great incentive to hire a trainee or apprentice.

At KKTC we specialise and know the landscape of funding, sign ups and getting trainees and apprentices started so they can be included in ratio and helping your operations quickly and efficiently.

Call us today on 1300 048 133 to tap into this additional $365M of funding from the Federal Government to help drive employment in our sector and help with the current challenge of resourcing in our sector.

There really has Never Been a Better Time To Hire a Trainee!

KKTC Welcomes New Trainers

KKTC Headquarters played host last week to a brand-new cohort of Trainers and Assessors.

The six freshest additions to the KKTC team rolled into their first induction session bright-eyed and bushy-tailed last Monday morning, ready to bring their enthusiasm and excitement to our ever-growing team.

Over the course of their induction week, the trainers embraced the spirit of KKTC, getting to know our Student Services and Compliance team in our swanky new Head Office.

Spanning across Queensland and New South Wales, these Trainers and Assessors will start to be allocated a cohort of students in parallel with their learning of the KKTC way of training.

College Manager Sam Hendry said at the induction

You are here because of who you are and the insights we took from our interview processes to hire those candidates who aligned with our values. We are not like every other RTO and it is the person we look for and then with time and training we will support your growth in becoming a great trainer. That journey starts today and we will not rush it, as it takes time to learn our processes and ensure consistency in training. But you are all at a head start position as you are all quality people.

The team spent a busy first week learning many facets of KKTC’s operations and the little nuances that make up the KKTC way of doing things.

“I call the nuances UGR’s or Unwritten Ground Rules, and these in addition to the formal processes take time to learn and understand. We embrace candour in everything we do and sometimes that can be confronting. But honest feedback and striving every day to be better is what we do and with that comes some nuances and little tips and tricks that you will only learn on the job and from our team of mentors,” Sam said.

“With the industry currently to see new changes and challenges around every corner, it is such a relief to be able to bring some fresh faces with big ideas and a passion for educating into our training team.

“Last week was really beneficial, not only for the new Trainers, but for myself and our college as a whole. Bringing them in and seeing them really commit to their work shows how ‘up for the challenge’ they are. It was a great start and everyone had fun with the process” he said.

Amy Conrad, a KKTC Trainer and Assessor of long standing, ran many of the training sessions throughout the week-long induction, and sees great enthusiasm and opportunity within the new recruits.

“I’ve been working as a Trainer and Assessor for a fair while now, it is so cool to see so much excitement from the new guys,” she said.

“They have already shown such an eagerness in their work and they’re offering new perspectives. It really just reminds me how much I love my job and how much this industry benefits from diversity.”

Interested in joining the team? Check out our recruitment page at

KKTC Approved for New Training Packages in Queensland

KKTC are excited to be delivering the New Training Package for Early Childhood Education and Care in Queensland as of January 2022.

Kicking off the new year with a bang, KKTC is among the first RTOs to be approved to deliver the new CHC30121 Certificate III and CHC50121 Diploma with the support of Queensland Government Funding.

KKTC College Manager Sam Hendry is delighted to be offering the new qualifications this year, as he encourages all people looking to study to “reach for the stars” in 2022.

“It is so exciting for us as an RTO to be able to offer the new training package to our new students this year. We only exist for our students, so we are incredibly proud to keep offering training at the highest standard,” Mr Hendry said.

The new qualifications are an ambitious step upwards for the Early Childhood sector, with an updated structure and altered packaging rules.

What you need to know:

CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care:

  • 17 units – fewer units than previous qualification
  • 160 hours of work – more work hours than previous qualification
  • 12 – 18 months – longer, more flexible timeframe

CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care:

  • 15 units – fewer units than previous qualification
  • 280 hours of work – more work hours than previous qualification
  • 1 – 2 years to complete – longer timeframe
  • Entry Requirements – students must hold CHC30113 or CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care to enrol in the diploma qualification

Both qualifications are supported by Queensland Government Funding.

To find out if you are eligible, call 1300 048 133 or visit to make an enquiry.