The benefits of a career in childcare

Group of kids playing together with their young nursery teacher.

Whether you’re thinking about what to do after leaving school, are already working with children or looking to change jobs, a career in childcare has many wonderful benefits. And while there’s no disguising the fact that childcare careers can be demanding, these challenges are often offset by the rewarding nature of the job.

To carry out a role in early learning education in Australia, you will require a qualification in Early Childhood Care. This could be a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, a Certificate IV in School Age Education and Care, or a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. You will also require a Working with Children Licence and it is advantageous to have training in First Aid.

Here are just some of the benefits you could enjoy if you decided to pursue a career in early childhood education.

Childcare skills are in demand

According to Federal government skills shortage data, demand for those with childcare qualifications are in high demand across the country, particularly so in NSW, Queensland and Western Australia.

This is due in part to the increasing number of women returning to work after giving birth, seeing the number of young children entered into childcare, and indeed the number of childcare centres and kindergartens, steadily growing.

Furthermore, in October the Victorian Government announced that it would be the first state in Australia to introduce funded three-year-old kindergarten, investing almost $5 billion in the scheme. This means an extra year of play-based learning for Victorian children and the creation of more than 4,000 new early childhood teacher roles and 2,000 new educator roles.

Easy to access training

Whether you’re starting your study, upskilling, or already studying early childhood teaching, accessing the training and qualifications needed is relatively straightforward, with many educational institutions offering government funded courses and training for those wanting to enter into childcare. You will also find the opportunity to receive these qualifications through online study, making them extremely accessible for those with families or other commitments.

A rewarding career

For those who enjoy working with or being around children, a job in childcare is an excellent way to create a rewarding career. Getting the opportunity to play a key role in the development of young children can be extremely fulfilling and is one of the main drivers for a lot of people entering into this field of work.

In families where both parents work, an early childcare educator can play an important role in children’s lives, imparting important life lessons that allow them to be involved in the development of the next generation.

Flexible hours and work life balance

While many childcare centres and kindergartens operate from early in the morning until after work, many will have the scope for staff to work shifts that are suited to their lifestyle. It is a career that has the potential to offer flexible working hours, as well as full time or part time work, so you can balance work with your other commitments.

Opportunity for career progression

Childcare managers are in short supply in some Australian states, meaning there are opportunities for those who are keen to climb the career ladder and progress through their career.

Furthermore, there are a wide range of job opportunities available in childcare, from Education Assistant and Family Daycare Assistant through to a Childcare Centre Director and Education Officer – the potential is enormous. This allows you to choose an area you’d like to specialise in or be promoted to.

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