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The Early Childhood Australia Leadership Program

January 11, 2022

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The Early Childhood Australia Leadership Program

Welcome to the Early Childhood Australia (ECA) Leadership Program! Founded on solid expert research and five years of sector consultation, this essential leadership framework has been designed by early childhood experts and quality assured by early childhood practising leaders. Our Leadership Program was specifically created as a strengths-based, self-directed, short-term program for both current and aspiring early childhood leaders in diverse settings.






Who is this self-directed leadership program suitable for?

  • educational leaders
  • team or room leaders
  • experienced childhood educators and teachers
  • experienced and new service directors and managers
  • early childhood consultants
  • aspiring leaders.


Why choose this leadership program?

  • Both essential and a sector first, this is the best-practice capability leadership framework, uniquely developed for the early childhood education and care sector.
  • It enables sector leaders and managers to benchmark, develop and map their own professional development skills.
  • You will be able to self-pace your leadership program in your own time, and based on your current strengths. We definitely recommend you undertake this course at your own pace, noting you will have online access over a 12-month period.
  • It has been mapped to the National Quality Framework, the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers and also contributes to the Early Years Quality Improvement Plan.
  • You can create your own individual Personalised Professional Learning Plan (specific to your current working environment).
  • Upon completion you will receive an ECA Leadership Program completion certificate.


You will have access to:

  • seven online professional development training modules and additional webinars
  • an ECA Leadership Program folder containing the hardcopy Leadership Capability Framework and a ‘how-to’ guide with suggestions on how to make the most of the Framework
  • an online forum and closed Facebook group where you will be able to join our leadership professional development community and gain peer support from other directors, managers and team leaders undertaking the program
  • the opportunity to develop your own Personalised Professional Learning Plan relevant to your individual work environment
  • respected leaders within the sector who can provide tailored feedback (optional) on your Personalised Professional Learning Plan
  • an ECA Leadership Program completion certificate.

Early Childhood Australia Leadership Capability Framework Resource Folder

What is in this leadership program?

There are six key capabilities and 21 key aspects to this leadership course, with descriptors organised under three distinct headings:

  1. lead self
  2. lead with and for others
  3. lead the within and beyond the organisation.

The program has seven quality areas including:

  • educational program and practice
  • children’s health and safety
  • physical environment
  • staff arrangements
  • relationships with children
  • collaborative partnerships with families and communities
  • leadership and service management.

What happens once I purchase the ECA Leadership Program?

  • You will be posted the ECA Leadership Program folder containing your hardcopy Leadership Capability Framework and ‘how-to’ guide.
  • You will then retrieve your online code to access the web leadership module content.
  • Both the folder and the online modules work in tandem as you self-direct through this leadership program.
  • The program will be accessible for one year from point of purchase.


What is the cost?

Click here to see pricing.


For more information or queries please contact the ECA Customer Service Team on (02) 6242 1800, 1800 356 900 (free call in Australia) or email [email protected]


Sign up today - To pay by invoice or for bulk orders (5+) please contact ECA on 1800 356 900 or

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