Working in Child Care

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Around 1.3 million Australian children 12 years and under are in some form of government-funded childcare this year.

This includes long day care, family day care, occasional care, outside school-hours care and vacation care. 

Are you suited to this Growing Industry?

A report released in May 2018 estimated nearly 150,000 Australians work in the childcare sector - and that this number is growing.  Here are some things you should consider if you are looking to join this industry. 

  • Love and interest in children.  Are you really invested in the development of children? This is something that can't be faked. It's necessary if you want to last and to thrive in this work.
  • Qualifications - Beware!  Vital to roles with good career prospects is the completed Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.  TAFE and University qualifications are preferred by many Centres. Some online qualifications and some from smaller private training providers don't meet Australian industry requirements and high standards. So check out courses carefully. You could be paying out fees for no future.  You could even see if you can get an appointment to speak to your local childcare centre management about the courses they generally prefer.
  • Accountability.  With increased government regulation there is no shortcut on documentation in this sector. There is a big emphasis on accountability for the quality of children's learning.  This requirement on staff means that good English language - spoken and written - is a must. 
  • What size & type of centre will suit you? Placements at not-for-profit and private centres will help you find out what type of centre suits you best as a worker. Some are community based with parents on the committee. Others are privately owned and run. Some are not-for-profit and some are more commercial.  What size centre might be right for you?

 

(Photo credits: Title photo by Aaron Mello on Unsplash used under Unsplash free license conditions.)