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Welcome to the
Early Childhood Training And Resource Centre                                                            

The Early Childhood Training And Resource Centre (ECTARC) is a leading Australian registered training organisation that specialises in early childhood training and professional development.  ECTARC is committed to excellence in the delivery of training that fosters educators that can provide high quality education and care to young children.  Our Training Officers are all early childhood trained and deliver their training with experience and passion. The core of our business is better outcomes for children. ECTARC supports students not in isolation, but within the context of children, families and the community. Empowering students to be advocates for children and influential community members through learning.

Educators currently employed in early childhood services, school leavers and unemployed people who wish to commence an early childhood career, study with ECTARC as they can do it via distance study from any location throughout Australia, study at their own pace and know that they will receive a qualification that is well respected by employers in the early childhood sector.  

ECTARC's training has been recognised with numerous awards, such as the 2012 NSW Small Training Provider of the Year at the NSW Training Awards.

ECTARC is also a leading provider of training to trainees and apprentices in early childhood services in metropolitan, regional, rural and remote services throughout NSW and QLD.  ECTARC is a Smart and Skilled approved provider in NSW and an approved traineeship and apprenticeship provider in QLD and the ACT.

Exceptional Student Support

ECTARC is well known in the early childhood sector for the exceptional support given to students and employers while they are completing their studies with our organisation. The team of ECTARC Training Officers are available at all times 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and 5pm to 7pm Tuesday nights to answer your questions.  ECTARC Training Officers also go to services to visit trainees and apprentices.

ECTARC Student Management Portal

To further support our students, we offer an online Student Management Portal that allows students to:

- view assessment results - students are notified as soon as an assignment is marked.
- upload assessment tasks
- view marked assessment tasks
- access resources - additional information and documentation to support learning.
- send messages to Training & Development Officers
- receive messages from Training & Development Officers
- update personal details

The Student Portal is available through secure market leading technology and students find it very easy to use. The Student Portal increases communications with students and ensures valuable information is available when required and provides access to their student records 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  .  

We invite you to come and train with ECTARC if you:

  • want to upgrade your qualification from a Certificate III to Certificate IV or Diploma.
  • are interested in gaining an accredited qualification to work in a long day care, preschool, occasional care or after school care service.
  • wish to train with a team of caring, professional women who are dedicated to supporting their students to achieve their goals, that understand what it is like to work on the floor in an early childhood service and who are passionate about early childhood training.
  • want to learn what is best practice and how to deliver high quality experiences to children as an early childhood educator in an Australian early childhood service.
  • want to pay for one unit at a time as your progress through your studies.
  • want to study with an organisation that been recognised for outstanding achievement in the vocational education and training sector with multiple awards, such as the 2012 Small Training Provider of the Year, by the NSW Department of Education and Communities (DEC).
  • want to be part of an organisation that has been delivering training for over 16 years and has an outstanding reputation with employers and managers of early childhood services across Australia.

Browse, call or enrol now.  Start studying today from any location in Australia!

View our website for course, traineeship, apprenticeship and professional development information or call to speak to one of our friendly, qualified ECTARC Training Officers about your training needs on 02 4223 1111 (NSW) or 07 3345 8272 (QLD). If you know what course you wish to commence please click this link to enrol now - http://www.ectarc.com.au/enrol-online.htm

Distance Study Courses - Commence study at any time of the year







CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

CHC50113  Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

CHC40113 Certificate IV in School Age Education and Care

CHC50213 Diploma of School Age Education and Care

BSB42015 Certificate IV in Leadership and Management

Nutrition and Menu Planning

CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks

Safe Food Handling 

HLTFS207C Follow basic food safety practices

Child Protection

CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk

BRIDGING for CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk

If you have previously studied a child protection qualification, you can do the bridging course to upgrade.

Management Training

Would you like to be a more effective leader?  

Improve your business management skills?  

Do you aspire to take on a leadership role?

Enrol in the BSB42015 Certificate IV in Leadership and Management and study by distance.

Ideal for service managers and educational leaders who wish to improve in the areas of leadership, management, finance, WHS, marketing, business planning and industrial relations.

BSB42015 Certificate IV in Leadership and Management

Ideal professional development single unit for Certified Supervisors

CHCECE019 Facilitate compliance in an education and care setting


ECTARC Distance study courses can be studied from any state in Australia and commenced at any time of the year. For detailed information on all courses download the ECTARC Training & Course Guide.  Enrol today online or download the enrolment form.

Student Support - discover the many ways ECTARC students are supported

Traineeship and Apprenticeship Training - NSW, QLD, ACT

ECTARC is a government approved provider of traineeships and apprenticeships and has been successfully delivering training to students in rural, remote and metropolitan early childhood services throughout NSW and QLD since 1988. ECTARC commenced the training of trainees in the ACT in 2014. Thousands of students have gained their qualification and then stayed with ECTARC to gain their early childhood Diploma. ECTARC enjoys ongoing relationships with the owners, management and staff of early childhood services as they continue to give employment and career opportunities to new trainees each year. In NSW and the ACT, ECTARC delivers the Certificate III, Certificate IV and Diploma traineeships via distance study, complimented with face to face sign up and contact support visits at the service. In Queensland, ECTARC delivers the Certificate III and Diploma traineeships and apprenticeships training via face to face workplace visits. Please visit the links below for more information on traineeships and apprenticeships in your state.  For detailed information on Smart and Skilled in NSW please visit https://smartandskilled.nsw.gov.au/about



School-based Traineeships

ECTARC has many high school students studying the CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care while they are working towards their secondary school certificate. Traineeships and apprenticeships are a great way to commence training for a vocational qualification and earn a way while completing the senior secondary certificate. Careers Advisors, parents and students are invited to call Natalie Fernandes, ECTARC Student Co-ordinator on 02 4223 1111 or email natalie@ectarc.com.au to discuss how a School-based traineeship can be commenced. For a brief overview, click here for an Australian Government School-based apprenticeships brochure. 

Professional Development Workshops, Webinars and Inservices

To meet the needs of the early childhood sector, ECTARC offers a wide range of

Ongoing professional development is the key to keeping staff well educated, motivated, inspired and delivering high quality education and care. At ECTARC, we are passionate about offering current, informative and exciting professional development opportunities that reflect best practive and meet the needs of the early childhood sector.  View our workshop calendars to see when the next training opportunity is available in your area or online workshop is scheduled. If you would like customised training for your service call Cynthia Cuoco, ECTARC Workshop Coordinator on 02 4223 1111 or email cynthia@ectarc.com.au

Workshops - face to face



Webinars - live interactive online workshops

The online webinar workshops have proved so popular that we are constantly adding new topics to our calendar.  Visit our online workshops page for upcoming workshops and sign up to ECTARC Updates (top left hand side of this page) - an email is sent out to notify when new workshops are added to our calendar.


Customised workshops held at your service

If you do not find an online or face to face workshops that meets your needs, ECTARC can customise a workshop to present it to your staff at your service or preferred location.  Many services join with other services in their area to hold professional development training. ECTARC is now offering live online webinar workshops to services. Ideal for rural and remote services when travel costs can sometimes limit professional development opportunities. For further details about inservices click here or call to discuss your options with Cynthia Cuoco, ECTARC Workshop Coordinator on 02 4223 1111 or email cynthia@ectarc.com.au    



Call to speak to an ECTARC Training and Development Officer about how you can commence study today on 02 4223 1111 or email info@ectarc.com.au