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Child Care Worker

Child Care Workers provide care and supervision for children in programs, such as long daycare and occasional care, in childcare centres, hospitals and education centres.

Childcare is part of Australia’s largest and fastest-growing industry (Health Care and Social Assistance). Many workers are female and part-time work is common. Vocational Education and Training is the main entry pathway for a career in Child Care.

Explore the topics below to learn everything you need to know about becoming a Child Care Worker.

child care worker in preschool

What do Child Care Workers do?

Some duties you can expect to undertake as a Child Care Worker include:

Assisting in the preparation of materials & equipment for children’s education & recreational activities

Managing children’s behaviour and guiding children’s social development

Managing time and activities

Entertaining children by reading and playing games

Supervising children in recreational activities

Supervising the hygiene and daily routine of children

Communicating with parents

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What are the job prospects for Child Care Workers?

Child Care is a high growth industry.

The number of people working as Child Care Workers is expected to grow from 152, 200 in 2019 to
182,300 by May 2024. That’s a 19.8% increase or an extra 30,100 jobs. (Department of Employment, Skills,
Small and Family Business Projections)

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What type of skills do Child Care Workers need?

There are several key skills and attributes that Child Care Workers need to be successful in their role.

A passion for working with
and relating to children

Lots of patience and compassion

Flexibility in relation to
working hours

Willingness to take on a
range of activities and tasks
as required

Plenty of energy and
enthusiasm on a daily basis

Good level of health and

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What training do you need to be a Child Care Worker?

A relevant qualification or Traineeship is required to start your career as a Child Care Worker.

At a minimum, Child Care Workers need to complete:

It’s also highly recommended that you obtain:

If you wish to take on the role of Manager or Coordinator, you will need to also obtain:


A Traineeship is another great pathway to enter a career as a Child Care Worker. This enables you to gain practical experience in the industry, learning from senior staff members and working directly with children. A Traineeship means you can study and work at the same time, receiving formal and on-the-job.

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What careers can a Child Care Qualification lead to?

A qualification in Child Care can open up a range of opportunities and can lead to a career such as:

  • Child Carer
  • Day Care Worker
  • Child Care Centre Manager
  • Nanny
  • Education Aide
  • After School Care
  • Early Childhood Teacher
  • Primary School Teacher
  • Home daycare business

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What do I do if I am interested in a career in Child Care?

Contact us on 1800 007 400 to discuss our training and employment opportunities.

Other Resources:

Your Career – an Australian Government website with careers information tailored to your preferences.



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