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Early Childhood Workers (ECWs) – about the role

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An Early Childhood Worker (ECW) provides curriculum support within South Australian government preschools.

They are accountable to the Preschool Director and can either work during school term only (42 weeks) or be employed for the full year (52 weeks).

Work as an ECW

Any available positions will be advertised on Edujobs

This reference guide for ancillary recruitment (PDF 226KB) provides helpful information on what to include in your resume, how to address a written statement and compiling your referees.

There are also work opportunities for university students studying teaching.

ECW duties

The role of an ECW includes:

  • helping to plan and deliver curriculum with participating teachers
  • delivering curriculum to children individually or in small groups under the direction of the teacher or director
  • performing administrative duties such as finances and records management
  • organising resources for activities within the safety guidelines under the direction of the teacher
  • discussing program implementation and evaluation with the teacher
  • supporting transition from preschool to school by providing information to reception teachers and preparing information packages and letters to parents
  • helping organise special events and children's work displays.

Appointment details and definitions

Appointment details

  • Full-time or part-time appointment with leave conditions – working 48/52 weeks per year. Entitled to paid sick leave, recreation leave and special leave, long service leave and payment for public holidays not worked.
  • Part-time 'school term' employment with 16% loading – working term time only. Entitled to paid sick leave and long service leave.
  • Casual appointment with 25% loading – working term time only. Not entitled to any paid leave except special leave at the discretion of the employer and long service leave.

Employment conditions

Early Childcare Workers are appointed under Section 121 of the Education and Children's Services Act 2019.

Salary and conditions of employment are contained in the:

People and Culture

Phone: 8226 1356
Email: education.hr [at] sa.gov.au