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The Truth About Working in Childcare

The truth about working in Childcare

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!

Industry insights:

Did you know – There are more than 152,000 Childcare workers in Australia and only 5% of them are male!

Bar chart Growth of Childcare workers

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 160,000 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 $55,000 and increases with experience and if you have achieved a higher position such as a Supervisory role. A Childcare Centre Manager can earn up to $103k!

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 Manager, Out of School Hours Assistant, or a Nanny.

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

3 Questions you need to ask yourself

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

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

Tasks and duties of a Childcare Worker

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

  • Managing children’s behaviour and help 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
Childcare worker

Meet Rebecca Zilm

“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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