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Early childhood workers (ECWs)

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).

Any available positions will be advertised on the DECD Jobs board


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/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 12(1) of the Children's Services Act, 1985.

Salary and conditions of employment are contained in the:


People and Culture operations

Phone: 8226 1356
Email: decd.recruitment [at] sa.gov.au