Skills needed to work in child care

You need to develop hands-on skills for a rewarding career in early childhood education and care. You'll be responsible for giving children a fun, safe and supportive environment to learn and grow.

31 May 2017

Early childhood education and care: a growing industry

A career in child careIf your ideal career includes teaching and nurturing young children (with a healthy dose of job security), look no further than early childhood education and care. Australia is experiencing a peak baby boom and with many families requiring two incomes to service today’s cost of living, child care workers are in hot demand. Recent statistics suggest the child care industry is set to expand by as much as 34.2% from 2014-15 to 2019-20, meaning lots of job security in the coming years.

That’s not even the best part.

Getting started: learn while you earn

When studying early childhood education and care you could either study full time for your qualification, or you can hit the ground running and start applying for work as soon as you have enrolled. Students working towards their Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care are eligible to seek employment in the industry.

An enormous benefit of studying and working at the same time is the practical experience you will be able to apply to your studies. You can see the theory brought to life during your work and apply your knowledge to real life situations.

In terms of wages, you can typically expect to earn an average annual salary of $54,932, with the average starting salary sitting a littler lower at approximately $40,000.

What skills do you need to work in child care?

Child care in actionA typical day at a child care centre will include routine duties such as feeding children and getting them ready for their daytime naps. You can also expect to guide your charges through a wide variety of activities both indoors and outdoors.

In general a child care worker may have a range of the following responsibilities:

  • assisting in the preparation of materials and equipment for children’s education and recreational activities
  • managing children’s behaviour and guiding children’s social development
  • preparing and conducting activities for children
  • entertaining children by reading and playing games
  • supervising children in recreational activities
  • supervising the daily routine of children and caring for babies and toddlers

Why wait to make great? Find out more about studying early childhood education and care courses at TAFE Queensland by calling 1300 308 233 or visiting our website.

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