Becoming a Child Care Worker
Love the idea of working with kids? Becoming a child care worker can be an incredibly rewarding career that puts you in touch with children and their development.
Is Being a Child Care Worker Right For You?
• Child care workers are responsible for caring for toddlers and young children in various environments and providing educational, social, physical and intellectual support to aid appropriate development.
• Your daily tasks can include preparing materials, activities, games and meals. You will often be directly involved with children (e.g. playing games with them) and you sometimes might be required to take on a more supervisory role while they interact with other kids.
• Most child care work involves working as part of a small team, so the ability to work intimately with other carers is essential
• You will also need to be willing to accept legal responsibility for the health and safety of children in your care; you should be familiar with Early Childhood Australia’s Code of Ethics.
Where Will You Work? And What’s It Like?
Most child care workers are employed in organisations like child care centres, educational centres and even hospitals. Others can be employed in private care. Being a child care worker may mean working irregular or ‘shift’ hours; for instance, you might only be required to work in the mornings or in the afternoons/evenings. You’ll need good levels of health and fitness as a child care worker; you can be on your feet for the majority of the day, and you may be required to lift or carry children or equipment. Environments can be very noisy and fast-paced, but if you love kids – this shouldn’t be an issue!
What Skills Do You Need to Become a Child Care Worker?
Understanding What Qualifications You Need
Child care workers in Australia will need to complete, at minimum, a Certificate III in Early Childhood and Care and/or Children’s Services. If you wish to take on a manager or coordinator role in a child care centre or similar, you will need to obtain a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. To move on to the Diploma qualification, a Certificate III will be necessary.
Employers will also need you to carry out rigorous background checks, such as a ‘Working With Children’ check and a criminal record check. A First Aid Certificate will also likely be essential. Depending on where you work, you may also need to register with the Department of Human Services.
What’s the Industry Like in Child Care?
The Department of Employment expect very strong future growth in Child Care, with a predicted 30,000+ new jobs to be created by 2020
Employment Share By Top Four States
New South Wales
What Careers Can A Child Care Course Lead To?
Studying child care can also open a range of other options, which can be beneficial if you want to expand your horizons later on or choose a slightly different career path.
For example, a child care qualification can lead to a career as:
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