The Truth About Working in Childcare

PUBLISHED20 May 2024

Childcare is an incredibly demanding but rewarding role! There are so many perks to working in childcare, such as teaching the future leaders of tomorrow, supporting children’s social and intellectual development, as well as working within an environment that is supportive and shares the same passion as you!

If you are interested in starting a career in Childcare, here is a simple guide to help you understand more about the role and whether this is the right career for you!


Did you know – There are more than 182,000 Childcare workers in Australia and only 8% of them are male?

Australia is in need at the moment for skilled workers who have a passion for caring and supporting children. That is why there has been such a large demand for people working in this industry.

There are currently more than 182,000 Childcare workers in Australia with this number set to increase drastically within the next 5 years!

The typical salary for a full-time Worker is between $55,000 – $65,000 and increases with experience and if you have achieved a higher position such as a Supervisory role. A Childcare Centre Manager can earn between $110,000 – $130,000!

The data from Job Outlook suggests that 35% of Childcare workers have completed a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care. Only 27% of workers completed their Certificate III in ECEC.

The different types of jobs in Child Care include Early Childhood Educators, Childcare workers, Centre Managers, School Hours Assistants, and Nanny.

Over 38% of Childcare Workers in Australia are aged between 25 – 34 years.


1.  Are you patient?

Patience is a necessity when working in childcare! Being patient with children is vital for their emotional and educational development! Each child is different and learns in a different way, this is why you must be patient when teaching the child how to read, write, or even sing.

2. Do you have a passion for teaching?

Working in Childcare is more than just babysitting! It is teaching the future leaders of tomorrow how to read, write, and even make healthy food choices. It is crucial for a teacher to encourage the development of:

  • Literacy and Numeracy Skills
  • Confidence
  • Mechanical Skills
  • Problem-solving and conflict resolution
  • Social and Emotional Skills

This is why Childcare has shifted from the perception of ‘looking after kids‘ to Early Childhood Education.

3. Are you able to teach children enthusiastically?

Children love it when teachers are enthusiastic, as it keeps them engaged with their learning and motivates them to keep learning.

Your positive attitude and enthusiasm help children enjoy their activities and their time with you. As they start to develop their passion for learning, teaching your class will become a lot more enjoyable and rewarding!


Childcare Workers supervise and care for children in programs like long day care, childcare centers, and even at hospitals or some universities. You will be:

  • Managing children’s behaviour and helping guide their social development
  • Supervise the daily routine of children
  • Ensure that the hygiene conditions are maintained
  • Read and play games with children
  • Prepare reading materials for children
  • Assist and conduct activities


“Kirana is a fantastic organisation that supports their students 100%. It is evident that they are passionate about the courses they offer – and the trainers are fantastic. They have helped me exceed in my qualifications, offering me an opportunity to excel in my future career. I highly recommend them.”

Rebecca Zilm [CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care]

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