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.
Some duties you can expect to undertake as a Child Care Worker include:
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)
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
Willingness to take on a
range of activities and tasks
Plenty of energy and
enthusiasm on a daily basis
Good level of health and
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.
A qualification in Child Care can open up a range of opportunities and can lead to a career such as:
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