About Early Childhood Australia

Early Childhood Australia (ECA) has been a voice for young children—birth to eight years of age—for almost 80 years. We are the peak non-profit, independent early childhood advocacy organisation in Australia, acting in the interests of young children, their families and those in the early childhood field. We are a federated organisation with a branch in each state and territory of Australia, as well as international and local networks based on professional interests.

To learn more about ECA’s diverse work and resources please visit our website. ECA currently has more than 5000 members who receive exclusive content, discounted early learning resources and events, sector advocacy, news and research updates and much more. Click here to learn more about becoming an ECA Member.

About the ECA Leadership Program

ECA developed the Leadership Program, including the Leadership Capability Framework, in conjunction with the sector to meet the professional needs of leaders in early childhood education and care (ECEC) environments. The Leadership Program was created in response to consistent feedback from the ECEC sector requesting in-depth leadership resources.

We also felt it was important to create the first benchmark leadership framework, to solidify our strengths and demonstrate best practice in leadership.

It has taken ECA, in consultation with the sector, five years to create this tailor-made Leadership Program. It has been designed to work for both aspiring and well-established leaders currently working in ECEC.

By ensuring the program is short, self-paced and self-directed, the ECA Leadership Program directly caters for busy sector staff with limited time. The program’s driving principle works on a strengths-based approach, looking at what you do well and areas you might need to further develop. That is, this program provides you with an opportunity to take an ‘audit’ of yourself, your team and your organisation’s strengths and weaknesses to ultimately improve outcomes for all children in your care.

Learn more about the ECA Leadership Program via the frequently asked questions section.

Sign up today - To pay by invoice or for bulk orders (5+) please contact ECA on 1800 356 900 or customerservice@earlychildhood.org.au