Working in child care: what to expect and how to get there

Working in child care is a wonderful career choice. Find out about the skills needed to join this exciting industry in its growth phase.

31 May 2017

Working in the child care industry is a wonderful career choice, where your nurturing tendencies will blossom as you educate and care for the littlest members of our society. Find out more about this exciting industry, and how you can be a part of its recent growth phase.

Early learning: a growing industry

child care teacher reading a storyIf your ideal career includes teaching and nurturing the littlies 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, and will be for years to come.

Recent statistics suggest the child care industry is set to expand by as much as 34.2% from 2014-5 to 2019-20, ensuring job security in the coming years.

And that’s not even the best news.

Getting started: learn while you earn

When studying early childhood education and care, you could either study full time for your qualifications, 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 (CHC30113) are eligible to seek employment in the industry.

An enormous benefit of studying and working at the same time is the contextualisation you will be able to apply to your studies. You can see the training brought to life during your daily duties 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 at approximately $40,000.

What skills do you need to work in child care?

A 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 be guiding your charges through a wide variety of activities both indoor and outdoor.

Generally speaking, a child care worker has 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

If this sounds to you like a match made in heaven, why not consider a career in child care? It’s a rewarding career choice both for you and your little charges.

Why wait to make great?

Find out more about studying early childhood education and care courses at TAFE Queensland Brisbane by calling 1300 712 700 or by emailing brisbane@tafe.qld.edu.au.

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