Select section Why choose early learning? ‘Childcare’ to ‘Early learning’ First 5 years An amazing career National Quality Framework Resources Why choose early learning? Are you looking for a career that makes a difference? There is growing recognition of the importance of the early years as the most formative period in life. The experiences and opportunities young children have in these years can affect the rest of their lives. The first five years last a lifetime Research tells us that significant learning and brain growth occurs during infancy and the early years. The science of neurobiology shows us that the most rapid growth in the human brain occurs in the first five years of life. This is when intelligence and emotional development occurs—in fact, this is when the skills and foundations necessary for success in school occurs. A dynamic, versatile career Working in the early childhood education and care profession offers the opportunity to work with babies up to school-entry age children in a range of early childhood services including: Early learning services (child care); stand-alone kindergartens; family day care; and playgroups. Not only is the role of educator important, but working with young children, families and local communities is interesting, always changing, engaging, fun and provides the opportunity of working with people from diverse cultures and experiences. Working alongside children and their families allows educators to discover new learning through varied experiences. Together, children and adults play, learn, make and test theories, and engage in rich conversations where understanding the world is explored together. Educators work with families to document children’s thinking and their wonders. Did you know? Qualifications in early childhood education and care can lead to a range of career opportunities, including family day care, outside of school hours care, long day care, centre management, and much more.