Essential Guide to Early Learning Service Management in NSW – 2023 digital revised edition

Digital edition – PDF (428 PAGES)

The Essential Guide to Early Learning Service Management in NSW offers extensive information about a director’s role and the 'how to' of managing money and resources, staff, compliance, planning, policy, children’s safety, leadership and advocacy of an education and care service.

The Essential Guide particularly examines the underpinnings of quality education and care service provision. It also contains a wide range of sample forms to be used by services on a daily basis and provides access to carefully chosen websites to enable directors to obtain accurate, up-to-date information.

The Guide is widely recognised as an invaluable resource for managing an early education and care service in NSW. Whether you’ve been a director for years, or an educator looking to broaden your knowledge, Essential Guide is, well, essential!

The Essential Guide has saved the day so many times! It’s great being able to pull it out and have a starting point.
– Sue, Greenmeadows Preschool


The Essential Guide has been updated in 2023 to embrace the significant changes that have occured in Early Childhood Education and Care over the past year.

This invaluable resource captures current legislative and government changes involving all aspects of service management for community-based, for-profit services, playgroups and family day cares in NSW, including staffing, funding, and service management.

All chapters have been reviewed in accordance with the EYLF V2.0 and all sample forms and external website links have been reviewed and updated.

Last update: October 2023 (Chapter 6 updated to include information about NSW Food Authority changes and Chapter 3 updated to include ACCS child wellbeing information). 


1. A director’s management responsibilities

2. Education and care in NSW: An overview

3. The importance of good management

4. Managing money and resources

5. Managing staff

6. Managing compliance

7. Managing planning and policy

8. Managing children’s safety

9. Managing the challenges

10. Managing action, advocacy and activism

11. Leadership

12. Resources to support management



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