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Early Childhood Education and Care

Bookkeeping and financial management for childcare centres, kindergartens, and preschools.

At Slate Accounts, we understand that running a service in the early childhood sector is both rewarding and challenging. Because along with delivering excellent education and care, you also need to meet compliance obligations, manage financials, and keep your staff happy. The responsibilities are many and varied, so it’s no surprise the administrative burden can feel time-consuming and overwhelming. 

Our services

Slate Accounts is a team of accountants, bookkeepers, and systems experts dedicated to helping businesses simplify financial processes, improve decision-making, and take back control. We can help you with:

General bookkeeping

Payroll including roster and timesheet management

Tax compliance

Audit preparation


Debt collection

Expense management

Cash flow management and forecasting

Financial reporting

Managing funding sources and meeting funding requirements

Childcare management systems (CCMS)

Advice on industry-specific best practice financial management

Case study

See how outsourced financial expertise helped Annie Dennis Children’s Centre improve communication, efficiency, and confidence.

Partner with a specialist team of experts in the early childhood education and care sector

Our dedicated team understands the unique challenges of the sector thanks to working with over 30 early childhood education and care (ECEC) services since 2011. We’ve taken these learnings and insights to develop specialist tools and processes to help you gain:

Uncover the meaning behind the numbers so you understand what’s going on in your business.

Tap into our industry expertise to identify what’s most important and make better decisions.

Get your processes running smoothly with an ongoing solution to your finance resourcing problems.

Meet the ECEC team

Partner with a specialist team of experts in the early childhood education and care sector

Michael Kent

CEO and Founder of Slate Accounts

Michael leads a talented team of 40 bookkeepers, accountants, and systems experts. As a qualified Chartered Accountant, experienced commercial manager, and former kindergarten treasurer, Michael has advised dozens of treasurers, directors and business operators in the Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) industry.  He steers the ECEC team with a clear vision for optimising technology and Slate’s experience to deliver industry leading financial control and insight.

Amanda Williams – ECEC Practice Lead, Slate Accounts

Amanda Williams

ECEC Practice Lead

Amanda is a registered BAS agent with experience across bookkeeping, accounting, and advisory services, shaped by working with over 70 Slate Accounts clients. She has worked with ECEC services since 2015 and now combines her industry-specific knowledge with her breadth of experience to develop specialist processes for our ECEC clients.

Chandni Bhasin

ECEC Delivery Lead

Chandni is a Chartered Accountant and has worked at Slate Accounts since 2017. She is responsible for the delivery of accounting and bookkeeping services to our ECEC clients as well as the continuous improvement of our ECEC processes and systems. She has over five years of ECEC industry experience and also holds a Bachelor of Commerce.

Zoe Stuart

Client Success Consultant

Zoe is a designer and former business owner turned systems and bookkeeping enthusiast. She combines her firsthand experience of running her own business and soft skills to help clients embrace cloud-based systems, reporting, and analysis. Zoe has a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Production, Certificate IV in Small Business Management, and is currently finishing up her Certificate IV in Bookkeeping and Accounting.

Guidelines for kindergarten, preschool and childcare treasurers 2024

Are you taking on the role of treasurer? Learn the practical steps you need to follow to meet your treasurer responsibilities and help your service operate more effectively. 

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Experts in a range of systems for the industry, including childcare management systems and software and apps for staff rostering and attendance, purchase approval and payments, staff expense claims and digital record keeping.