Welcome to the Early Years and School Age Care (EYSAC) sectors online hub. This space is designed for you.  You will find helpful information if you are already working with children or are interested in working with children in the future.

As you become familiar with this Hub we expect you will use it in a variety of ways to find what you need, when you need it. If YOU ARE NEW to this Hub, we suggest you START HERE, at the beginning and scroll down until you find something that interests you.

Initial and ongoing consultation with the EYSAC sector and associated agencies and government departments informs the evolution of this Hub, ensuring the information is current.

If you have any feedback to improve the user experience, we welcome your input.

Working with Children

Educating and caring for our most vulnerable and precious citizens requires integrity and dedication. When nurturing young children in partnership with families, relationships must be based on strong foundations of trust and honesty.  Working with children and families is complex and there is often no simple solution or easy answer when faced with decision making.

Working with children is a rewarding career.  Because some of the most important wiring of our brains takes place in the first five years, Educators can have an impact on a child’s entire life.

The EYSAC sector provides a future proof career, the number of Educators grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to continue to grow very strongly over the next 5 years: from 156,300 in 2018 to 183,900 by 2023.

Is this the career for you?  Take this quick quiz!


To work as an educator in many types of early education and care services and school age care settings, you need a qualification – either a university degree or a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification.

Education helps open up people’s career choices and assists people to earn higher incomes and to widen their world views. Obtaining a qualification can increase educator’s self-esteem.

Find out more here: Qualifications

Rewarding Career Pathways

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

There are many job options and multiple career pathways for people looking to work with children. There is opportunity to develop a portfolio of skills, knowledge and attitude that can deepen and develop over time and be highly portable across many careers and sectors.

Find out more about how you can have a rewarding career here: Career Pathways

Early Childhood Australia Tasmania Branch

This Hub evolved from The Early Years (EY) and School Age Care (SAC) Sectors Workforce Plan for Tasmania 2017-2020, owned by Early Childhood Australia Tasmania Branch .

ECA Tas Branch has a strong vision for a professional and agile EY and SAC workforce for Tasmania. This vision aligns with Early Childhood Australia’s Strategic Plan 2021-2024, specifically:

Priority 1: Speak up for young children – Be a courageous advocate that amplifies the voice of young children, their
families and those who work with them.

Priority 2: Collaborate for impact – Work collaboratively with others to champion the importance of the early
years and improve outcomes for all children, particularly those at risk
of disadvantage.

Priority 4: Lead and inspire professional learning – Lead the provision of quality-assured resources and learning opportunities
for early childhood professionals.

Become an ECA member

Education and Care Unit

‘Advancing outcomes for children’s learning and wellbeing’

The Education and Care Unit (ECU) regulates education and care (child care) in Tasmania.

They undertake the core functions of the Tasmanian Regulatory Authority. They are responsible for the implementation of the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care (NQF), including the administration of the Education and Care Services National Law (Application) Act 2011 in Tasmania.

The ECU regulates services approved and operating under the National Law and the Education and Care Services National RegulationsRead more about the National Law

The ECU is also responsible for approving, licensing and regulating a number of child care services under the Tasmanian Child Care Act 2001 and State Licensing Standards. Read more about the Child Care Act 2001

Read more about the ECU