Early Childhood Education and Care Courses
Giving back to your community is one of the more selfless ways you can help those in need, allowing you to help others and yourself. One way you can do this is by embarking on a career in childhood education & care, community services or disability, with the help of one of Kirana Colleges’ Child Care Courses.
The children’s services sector is one of the most fulfilling career paths you can take, where you’re not only going to be sought after by employers, but changing the lives of children you care for. Every day, you can feel as if you have made a difference in a child’s life. Early childhood educators care for the social, emotional, physical and educational needs of infants and young children.
At Kirana Colleges, we offer a number of child care courses within this sector, including;
The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care will teach you how to care for children, nurture their development and make sure their environment is safe and supportive and is ideal for individuals wanting to work in childcare or wanting to be qualified.
With a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, you will learn to plan, implement and manage programs in early childhood services, in accordance with licensing, accreditation and duty of care requirements. With new legislation changes and high demand for child care workers, now is the perfect time to do a child care course with Kirana Colleges and start a career with endless opportunities.
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The double qualification is a unique qualification that includes CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, the minimum qualification required to gain employment in an education and care service and to become a qualified educator, as well as the CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. The diploma-level education and care qualification is often required for positions such as room or team leaders in centre-based services, and is necessary to be appointed to educational leadership positions or to be appointed the nominated supervisor. Overall, these qualifications will teach you to plan, implement and manage programs in early childhood services.
The demand for skilled workers in Child Care is growing. There were 130,800 Child Care Workers in 2020. The number of workers:
- is expected to grow very strongly over the next five years
- is likely to reach 276,100 by 2025.
Requirements for the Double Early Childhood Education and Care Qualification
To achieve this qualification, the candidate must first complete CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care as well as the CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. The candidate must also complete at least 440 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of the units of competency.
Advance your career in Child Care with a Double Early Childhood Education and Care Qualification.
Get started on the career of your dreams with a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. NSW law requires that to work in this industry, you must have, or be actively working towards, at least an approved certificate III level education and care qualification. This Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care will teach you how to care for children, nurture their development, and make sure their environment is safe and supportive.
This qualification reflects the role of workers in a range of early childhood education settings who work within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard. They support the implementation of an approved learning framework and support children’s well-being, learning, and development. Depending on the setting, educators may work under direct supervision or autonomously.
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Working with children is a great way to have fun while building your career. Do you have a passion for educating and shaping the young minds of Australia’s youth? Then consider a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. You will learn to plan, implement and manage programs in early childhood services, in accordance with licensing, accreditation and duty of care requirements. Legislation now requires most educators in the early childhood services industry to either hold or be working towards a Diploma level qualification. So now is the time to do a CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. This course will teach you to plan, implement and manage programs in early childhood services.
Early Childhood Educators are key…
Research states that early childhood educators are instrumental in laying the foundations for successive and successful years of learning through primary, high school, college and university. Successful graduates of our Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care also have pathway to university. Our articulation agreement with Charles Sturt University means by completing your diploma you can get up to 128 of the 256 credits required towards a Bachelor of Education and shorten your degree time by almost half!
A Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care gives back…
Early childhood educators are also key to early intervention in young children and you’ll play a rewarding role in ensuring kids get off to the best start in life possible. A career in early childhood education doesn’t just reward students, but teachers and educators as well. Your career could last decades and you’ll see children come up through the ranks through highschool, uni and into adult life. You’ll be thrilled to know you played a part in shaping their lives and providing them a platform from which they could jump.
Getting started is just a click or a call away so don’t delay any longer. You’ll be surprised how easy and affordable it is to get qualified.
Thinkin of becoming a child care worker? Watch this short video on everything you need to know about working in the child care.
Read more to find out about the Child Care Industry and Career Outlook.
Child care industry
The child care sector is a growing industry with workers caring for over 600,000 children under 11 years of age over the past three decades. The paid childcare sector now accounts for 0.5 per cent of GDP with governments providing approximately 60 per cent of the $2.4 billion cost involved with providing this care.
The children of today are our nation’s future.
During the March quarter in 2020, 13,370 approved child care services operated in Australia. There were 8,266 Centre-Based Day Care services (61.8% of all services) and 4,608 Outside School Hours Care services (34.5%).
Growth in job opportunities in child care
The number of people working as a Child Care worker (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years. The Job Outlook website mentions the job opportunities in this industry are expected to grow by 17% in the next 5 years.
Enter the growing child care care industry with a course in child care. You can also upskill or gain formal recognition of your existing skills and experience with our child care courses.
Job Outlook for Child Care Professionals
Child care is a very large occupation sector in Australia, with child carers working in many regions of Australia. The projected number of workers in the child care sector is 182,300 over the next 5 years. [Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, National Skills Commission trend data to May 2019 and projections to 2024.]. Getting qualified with a child care course can give you a competitive advantage in this market.
The average full time worker, on an adult wage, can earn up to $953 per week for an entry level role. Earnings are higher based on qualification and experience. Getting formal qualification or upskilling with a child care course can increase your chances of your earnings and getting a promotion.
Around half of the employees in child care work full time (47%), this means there are a lot of opportunities for people who are either looking for a full-time or part time role. The largest age group employed in the child care sector is 25-34 (26.7%) with many workers below the age of 25. This is a female predominant industry with 95% of the female workforce.
Most of the workforce have completed Diploma / Advanced Diploma child care courses (31.8%) which opens up opportunities to progress in the supervisor/managerial levels. This is followed by around 25.6% workers completing their Certificate III and Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.
A majority of child care workers are employed in the Health Care and Social Assistance sector (68.1%) which is also one of the highest growing and stable industry. 22.3 % of the workforce is employed in the Education and Training sector. Start your journey in the child care industry with one of our nationally recognised Certificate III or Diploma of child care courses.
Career outcomes of a child care course: Child care is more than providing care and supervision for children. Early childhood Educators care for the social, emotional, physical and educational needs of infants and young children. Child care workers also have a duty to support children’s well-being, learning and development. If you want a fulfilling career where you can play an active role in helping children get a great start in life, then a career in child care is for you.
A child care course can lead to meaningful job opportunities:
|Childhood Education Manager||Nominated Supervisor||Centre manager (children’s services)|
|Children’s service director||Children’s services coordinator||Director (children’s services)|
|Program leader (children’s services)||Group, team coordinator, leader (children’s services)||Educational Support Leader or Educational Support Officer|
|Nanny||Early Childhood Educator||Family Day Care Educator|
|Playgroup Supervisor||Children’s Service manager||Outside School Hours Care Educator|
There are many study options available to aspiring child care workers. Explore one of our nationally recognised child care courses.
You can find more information about becoming a child care worker and available child care courses in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wi5SF_ri60w
Working in child care
Child care workers play an essential role in managing children’s behaviour and guiding children’s social development. In order to meet the duty of care obligations, you need to be physically, mentally and emotionally healthy.
Research states that Early Childhood Educators are instrumental in laying the foundations for successive and successful years of learning through primary, high school, college and university.
The role of a child care worker can be physically demanding such as standing, lifting etc. and therefore workers are expected to have reasonable level of fitness and alertness. At the same time, workers are required to respond appropriately to children’s needs. Working in a busy child care setting can be stressful at times. It is important for workers to remain calm, interact and communicate properly in these situations.
Some daily tasks include entertaining children by reading and playing games, supervising their daily routine and hygiene of children. You will assist in the preparation of materials and equipment’s for children’s education and recreational activities.
If you are looking for a career that can help shape young minds, then a career in Child care is for you.
Knowledge and Skills
Care, compassion, empathy and interpersonal skills are the essential skills to work in the child care industry. Critical thinking and active listening is important as you need to find appropriate ways to communicate with the children and resolve issues as they arise, whilst staying calm.
A job in child care can be joyful and exciting as well as frustrating at times. You will need to be prepared to cope with conflicts and setbacks. The role requires patience and perseverance and more than this it requires passion to help others. Here are few desired knowledge and skills of a child care worker:
|Psychology Education||Judgement||Decision making|
|Critical Thinking||Social Perceptiveness||Customer and personal service|
|Monitoring||Active Listening||Speech recognition and clarity|
|Problem spotting||Building good relationships||Helping and caring for others|
You may find that most of the skills and experience are transferrable to the industry. This can be helping and caring other or customer service skills. The knowledge and skills to become a successful child care worker can be improved through child care training and experience. With a nationally recognised child care course you will get proper information and experience on aspects of working in a child care. You will also learn to develop strategies to provide and maintain healthy, safe and caring environment for children.
Start your career in the child care sector with a Certificate III in Early Childcare Education and Care. Upskilling with a course in Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care can open up opportunities for higher level positions like Child Care Centre Managers.
At Kirana Colleges we know that your study needs to be flexible enough to work into a variety of lifestyles. That’s why we offer a variety of different study solutions so that you can have your study, your way. There are a range of online child care courses with flexible learning options to suit your needs. Both Certificate III and IV qualifications in child care can be taken online or in-class.
The flexibility of online child care courses means they are increasing in popularity all the time. Find out more about Flexible learning options to suit your needs. Whether you are looking to start a career in child care or upskill, we have a child care course for you. For more information on our nationally recognised child care courses online, contact us.
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Expected early childhood job openings through November 2019
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What Kirana Offers
- Access to industry leading VET Teachers who care about how you progress in the course
- Flexible learning options
- Links to industry and employers providing invaluable work experience
- University pathways into Charles Sturt University Bachelor of Education (Birth-Five) or Bachelor or Teaching (Birth-Five) for completing Kirana's CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care