Centre Managers

Guardian Childcare & Education Centre Managers lead a professional team of education professionals. You’ll lead the way and ensure your team is passionate and dedicated to supporting and teaching children in your care. You’ll help to build relationships with children, their families, and your team.

You’ll receive a competitive salary in line with your experience and skills when working with Guardian Childcare. You’ll also be offered many other benefits, including:

  • Childcare discounts, recognition and rewards, and access to our employee referral program.
  • Membership with WHEREFIT provides up to 2,000 discounted corporate offers of up to 50% off gym memberships, healthy meals, activewear purchases, beauty products, and more.
  • Our Guardian Degree Program, where we’ll provide support as you complete your study, including flexible working hours, mentorships, and course fee reimbursements (terms and conditions apply).

What makes a good childcare manager?

Managing a childcare centre requires many different skills. You’ll run a business while ensuring all children are being looked after and educated. You’ll need to ensure all nutritional needs are met, which includes any special dietary requirements.

As a childcare Centre Manager, you’ll have many responsibilities, but you’ll have a highly skilled team at your disposal to ensure everything runs smoothly. Many factors go into making a person suited to being a childcare Centre Manager, and here are our top four:

Communication Skills

Communication is one of the highest-rated skills in being an effective leader. You’ll need to ability to listen and pass on information. You’ll also need to communicate with families and reassure them that leaving their children in your care is a good decision.

Organisational Skills

As a Centre Manager, you’ll need to be organised to ensure everything is running correctly. A well-run and organised centre is one of the best ways to show your families and your team that the centre is in good hands.

Leadership Skills

Leadership skills mean providing a safe and stable working environment where your team can feel welcome and content. You’ll oversee providing valuable feedback and creating a workspace where people can grow and develop throughout their childcare careers.

Business Management

As a Centre Manager, you’ll also be in charge of running the business side of things. This will include budgeting, forecasting, recruitment, and ensuring your centre complies with all current regulations. Many of these skills can be learnt at university and through on-the-job training, but it takes a particular person to wrap it all together.

What qualifications do you need to be a childcare Centre Manager?

Childcare managers are usually expected to have a Diploma or Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education or another related field. In addition to your studies, you’ll need budget and financial accounting experience. Ideally, you have worked in childcare and are familiar with the

National Quality Framework (NQF) and Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF).

Other knowledge and skills that are beneficial to becoming a Guardian childcare Centre Manager include the following:

  • An understanding of supervisory principles
  • Familiarity with current state and national curriculums
  • Budgeting principles and practices
  • Project management skills
  • Maintaining appropriate records

What is the role of a childcare manager?

A Centre Manager will drive their childcare centre; they’ll be the central point of contact for many people and set the workplace’s tone. You’ll often talk to families about their children and ensure the centre runs according to requirements and that it follows the NQF and EYLF guidelines.

How to apply for a childcare centre manager job?

If you’re a qualified Centre Manager and are interested in working with Guardian Childcare & Education, we’d love to hear from you. As a Centre Manager, you’ll gain professional experience from our network of childcare centres and our supportive Guardian network of professionals.

Our current vacancies are listed below. If you find a suitable position, we can’t wait to hear from you!