A job in early childhood education will be both rewarding and challenging. The field has many interesting job paths, from carer and nanny, to daycare operator and early childhood centre director. Our nationally accredited courses can help get you started with your career.
How can I become a childcare worker?
Your introductory courses are our CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. And both are on the 2020 Free TAFE list for eligible students.
CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is the starting qualification, designed to give you the skills to engage with young children and their families and become a team member in an early childhood education environment.
If you want to explore a leadership role, the CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care will show you how to develop and implement early childhood education programs.
Before I start, I want to know if early childhood education is right for me. What will I do as a childcare worker?
Early childhood education professionals possess a variety of skills. They share their knowledge and nurture a young person through the first stages of their formal education.
Some foundation tasks that you will complete as a childcare worker include:
- providing care for children
- ensuring a child’s health and safety, which will require you to have First Aid certification
- supporting a child’s play and learning, such as organising games in playrooms, helping with reading and developing young children’s social skills with group activities
- promoting cultural safety by building trust with young children, providing respectful and inclusive communication and offering a positive learning space
What qualities make a good childcare worker?
Childcare workers aren’t defined by one role. They educate, care, and inspire learning. Being a respected worker is measured by more than just a love of supporting children.
To work successfully, you must have:
- good communication skills, with both young children and parents
- dependable leadership, as your actions are just as powerful as your words
- patience and understanding, all young children learn differently
- energy, young children are active learners
What are my future childcare job opportunities?
According to Australian Government labour market figures, roles for early childhood education teachers are predicted to grow by 16 per cent by 2024.
Demand in the childcare and early childhood sector is healthy and growing, presenting a range of options for graduates.
After completing the CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, your future job opportunities may include:
- family day carer
- kindergarten assistant.
With the CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care qualification, your career options include:
- early childhood educator
- out-of-school-hours educator or coordinator
- family daycare operator
- educational leader
- early childhood centre director or coordinator.
According to joboutlook.gov.au, these jobs are predicted to see strong future growth.
How much does a childcare worker earn?
According to jobs website Seek, the average starting salary for a childcare worker or early childhood educator is around $50,000 per year.
However, salaries vary depending on the role. For example, the average annual salary for a preschool teacher is $77,000, based on job advertisements listed on the Indeed jobs site over the past three years.
I want to become an early childhood education teacher. How can I apply for Victorian Institute of Teaching registration?
Our certificate and diploma courses can provide a pathway into our Bachelor of Early Childhood Teaching. Upon graduation from the degree, you can register with the Victorian Institute of Teaching. If you want to work as a primary, secondary or early childhood teacher at any Victorian school or children’s education and care service, you must be registered.
Our diploma graduates with a distinction average may be eligible to receive advanced standing in the degree.
These are just some of the opportunities. Find out what your early childhood education career may look like at our courses page.