All you need to know to become a Childcare worker
If working with kids is something you would enjoy, being a childcare worker would be perfect for you. A child’s early years are crucial, childcare workers are of great importance as they will be responsible for supporting the child’s development of motor, sensory, and social skills. In the childcare industry, you have the unique opportunity to support and nurture children through the various stages of their development.
A career in the childcare industry is highly rewarding. Aside from its benefits to the child and society, a typical childcare worker in Australia earns an average annual salary of $55,000. Besides the financial rewards, a career in the childcare industry is also attractive. It is fulfilling because of the strong bonds with each child, and the opportunity to watch them learn and grow. It is in high demand.
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The job growth is projected to be 10.2% over the next five years, or over 30,000 new jobs. A career in the childcare industry can be easy to access as the entry-level qualifications are quick to complete, with flexible study options available for candidates. There are several pathways to grow while working in the industry.
Does it sound right fit to you? Then here are the important things to consider in becoming a childcare provider soon:
The more qualified you are, the more you can work in different settings. This will also allow you to progress even further in your career through to more senior roles. There are different childcare education certifications to choose from, such as:
- Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113)
- Certificate IV in School Age Education and Care (CHC40113)
- Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50113)
Work Placement of 120 Hours
All nationally recognised childcare qualifications in Australia require a prospective childcare professional to complete a work placement, which is at least 120 hours for Certificate III holders. It is compulsory and should be no extra charge to you.
At GBCA, we guarantee work placement for our students, offering a great opportunity for them to practice what they learn in the classroom, and to experience what your day is like as a childcare worker. A lot of our students get job offers during work placements.
As per the requirements of the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA), at least one staff member or supervisor is on-site at all times with a first-aid response. So, while not required, it is always a good idea to get a first-aid certificate. This may include CPR, anaphylaxis, and asthma awareness and response training. With a first-aid certification, employers are more likely to hire you since it will make staff scheduling a bit easier.
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Police & The Working with Children Check (WWCC)
Last but not least, you will need to obtain two checks before you start your course, one is the Working with Children Check (WWCC), another one is a Police check.
Getting the qualifications required for childcare education is the first step to success. If you are searching for a starting point, look no further and enrol at Global Business College of Australia (GBCA)! GBCA offers Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC).
Certificate III holders will receive credit exemption of up to 13 units – allowing you to fast-track the advancement of your career in this rewarding industry.