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Careers in Childcare and Education

Careers in Childcare and Education provide professional and personal rewards. Check out this guide to the different careers out there and how to qualify.

Careers in Childcare and Education

If you are interested in jobs that keep you challenged but are both personally and professionally rewarding, a career in childcare and early education is for you.

With family dynamics changing and more parents being away at work during the week, the demand for childcare centres and early childhood education institutions has risen. Now is the perfect time to get qualified with Foundation Education and start the journey towards your education career specialising in childcare.

What to Expect from a Career in Childcare and Education

Early childhood education careers are a great pathway for those who not only love children but also have a passion for being a central part of a child’s development. There are plenty of casual and part-time positions for job seekers, making this a great industry for those who are looking for a good work/life balance.

Some of the daily duties of an Early Childhood Educator include:

  • Planning and implementing age-appropriate activities and lessons

  • Developing schedules and enforcing routines, which are extremely important to encourage the development and discipline of children

  • Maintaining a safe and comfortable environment for children to reach their full learning potential

  • Providing age-appropriate discipline and supervision in order to encourage and develop children’s confidence and independence

  • Observing children and communicating their development and challenges to parents

  • Understanding and addressing special needs

To learn more about what to expect from a career in childcare and education, check out these informative articles:

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Essential Skills for Childcare and Education

  • Patience – for working with children and guiding them through repetitive tasks

  • Creativity – to keep children engaged by thinking of new ways to reinforce the same fundamentals

  • Enthusiasm – to bring a high energy to tasks and activities that will keep children’s minds stimulated

  • Organisation – for keeping student records, planning new activities and assessing their development

  • Communication – to effectively interact with not only children but other staff and parents

Children’s Education and Care Industry Insights

Overall, employment levels in the Children’s Education and Care sector are expected to increase across all occupational groups by 2025. The largest of which being Child Carers (also referred to as Early Childhood Educators), with a projected increase of 30.2% and followed closely by Teacher’s Aides, with an increase of 23.2%.

On average, Child Carers in Australia can earn $47,385 annually which comes to around $24.30 per hour. On the other hand, Teacher’s Aides earn on average $55,336 annually which comes to around $28.38 per hour.

Jackson Potter

I chose to study with Foundation Education because I could complete my studies remotely, online at my own pace, which meant that I could have a good work, life, and study balance. 

Jackson Potter
Rachel Withers

I was offered a position as a dental assistant straight away, and it would not have been possible without my online study with Foundation Education.

Rachel Withers
Mirza Tallal Ahmed

Before admitting to Foundation Education, I searched a lot about the courses and reviews. Based on the positivity of people for Foundation Education, I felt like this is the institute I want to study at.  

Mirza Tallal Ahmed
Nurindah Lestari

I have researched so many study options. But, in the end, I choose to study with Foundation Education because they provide me with more flexibility and support. Since I have my children, it's really hard for me to attend classes and study online means I can still pursue my education in the comfort of my home without leaving my children behind.

Nurindah Lestari

Your Childcare and Education Career Starts Here

For the full list of nationally recognised qualifications, view our childcare and education courses.

Teacher's Aide

The various duties of a Teacher's Aide include:

  • Provide assistance and support to teachers

  • Supervising and facilitating children’s activities inside and outside of the classroom

  • Identify challenges facing students, and offer help and support to facilitate learning

Courses

CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support

CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support

CHC30221 + CHC40221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support + Certificate IV in School Based Education Support

Early Childhood Educator

The various duties of an Early Childhood Educator include:

  • Plan, provide and supervise cognitive activities and active playtime

  • Develop creative activities that enforce and reinforce fundamentals

  • Guide and support children on their learning journey in a safe and encouraging environment

Courses

CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (Family Day Care)

CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

CHC30121 + CHC50121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (Family Day Care) + Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

CHC30121 + CHC50121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care + Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Childcare Director

The various duties of a Childcare Director include:

  • Conduct the daily operations of the learning institution, from both a business and a learning environment perspective

  • Evaluate the care provided, assessing children’s holistic development and ensuring their health and safety

  • Responsible for liaising and solving problems among children, workers and parents

Courses

CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

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