Quality early childhood training

Training that makes you stand out from the crowd

At Early Childhood Training (ECT), we build relationships with our students because we genuinely want you to succeed. If you feel comfortable with us, you’ll feel comfortable asking for the support you need to complete your studies.

Our promise to you – and your employers – is that when you graduate, you’ll have the qualifications and practical skills to excel in any childcare environment.

It’s what makes you, and us stand out from the crowd.

Sam Rosenberg and Megan Sharman lead the team at ECT. Together, they have more than 40 years of combined strategic, practical and operational childcare industry experience.

There’s nothing Sam and Megan don’t know about Victoria’s childcare services sector or the qualifications you need – just ask…

Why better standards of training = better standards of care

When Megan observed a lack of RTOs offering a high standard of training for childcare workers, she and Sam believed there was a better way. They saw an opportunity to offer relationship-based training, that would provide:

  • Better care and education for children attending childcare centres

  • A higher quality of trained childcare workers across Victoria’s childcare sector

  • More capable childcare workers, needing less hands-on management by centre leaders

  • Reputational growth leading to business growth for centre owners

  • More career opportunities for well-trained childcare workers

They began delivering children’s services training on behalf of Bendigo TAFE. In 2014, they started their own RTO and offered training directly to students as CMS – before rebranding to Early Childhood Training (ECT) in 2019.

Today, both ECT’s student retention rate and pass rate exceed industry standards. Our reputation as a high-quality trainer is established and our graduates are confident, capable childcare workers.

Meet the team


Sam Rosenberg


Sam’s wife, Gina introduced him to the childcare sector in the late 1990s. For over two decades, they have combined his love of business development and her passion for quality childcare to own and operate 12 childcare centres.

Sam – an ex-accountant – also runs a consultancy for people seeking to enter the childcare services sector. He provides strategic advice, while Megan handles operational support.

A respected member of the childcare services sector, Sam sits on the Board of the Australian Childcare Alliance Victoria. He’s committed to raising industry standards for everyone, from childcare workers, to centre owners and, of course, the children in their care.


Megan Sharman

Trainer & Director

After working in the childcare sector for over 20 years, Megan understands the challenges and rewards you’ll experience as an early childhood educator or leader.

Drawing on her 15 years of practical experience in childcare centres, Megan’s training programs are designed to keep you motivated to learn. She and her team make it as easy as possible to give your best at work and when you’re studying. They help you succeed by:

  • keeping your paperwork low

  • providing lots of support including face-to-face time

  • teaching you the skills you need to be prepared and feel confident at work

Megan regularly shares her childcare industry expertise as a speaker at events and conferences.


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Baz Ilseven


Baz is passionate about early childhood education. Her dedication has helped her rise through the ranks to become a Centre Director of a 100-place, long-day childcare centre.

Baz’s practical experience means she understands the challenges you face at each step of your career development.

As an ECT consultant, she manages and mentors you, so you develop the skills to build and grow your career in early childhood education.


Sarah Darcy


After gaining six years’ experience working in a variety of childcare roles, Sarah followed her passion to train and inspire future educators. Her bubbly, caring nature instantly puts students at ease.

As part of the ECT team, Sarah’s goal is to share her passion for the early childhood education industry with you. She has the practical experience to support you while you complete your studies, and make sure you’re ready for your role when you qualify.


Janine Bush

Accounts Manager

Janine is the friendly face managing our accounts. Her experience includes seven years at Sam’s Melbourne-based Chartered Accounting firm. She followed him into the childcare services sector in 2005 and has been here ever since.

Janine is currently studying a Diploma in Accounting to add to her impressive skill set.  


If you’d like to know how we can help you get the best early childhood training possible, get in touch for an obligation-free chat.