If A Career In Child Care Appeals To You, Here’s What You Need To Know
If you work in child care, you’ll be primarily responsible for the care and well being of children. Which will usually involve play, education, supporting life skills, feeding and changing, medicating and adhering to a parent’s or social workers instructions on the child's care.
Many positions involve taking care of a child in a nursery during the daytime while the parents are working, and all will require some form of legislative documentation and effective communication to the child’s parent or carer.
Skills and characteristics required for a career in childcare are organisation, self-awareness and an awareness of your environment. Also, a personality that is friendly and warm to children and you’ll need to be practical, and very responsible too.
If a career in child care appeals to you so far, take a look at these facts (taken from Payscale);
- Average annual salary is between $23,200 - $53,480 (depending upon location).
- Child Care is a large and growing industry with growth projected to continue over the next five years.
- There are plenty of opportunities to progress into different roles all over Australia.
Types of Courses
A Certificate II or III are the usual requirements for a Child Care Worker. Take your studies further, and you’ll open up opportunities for further career advancement into roles such as a those in leadership.
Short courses in childcare offer the opportunity to find out more about what it is that you’ll be doing in your career, as well as learning additional skills that will complement your career choice.
Short Courses can last around 3 to 7 weeks and can focus in on a variety of niche topics.
Certificate II Courses:
A Certificate II course will offer you a solid grounding on all of the skills required to work proficiently, under supervision with children.
Certificate III Courses:
A certificate III course in Child Care teaches the complete range of skills and knowledge that is required to conform to the Education and Care Services National Regulations. Which means that you’ll gain all of the skills necessary for a child care career and do so, knowing that you are conforming to national legislative requirements.
There are a variety of opportunities when you are working in Child Care. Here are the most common opportunities;
- Early Childhood Teacher
- Community Worker
- Family Day Care Educator
- Mobile Service Educator
- Occasional Care Educator
- Family Day Care Worker
- Early Childhood Educator
- Playgroup Supervisor
- Outside School Care Educator
- Preschool Assistant