Welcome to our Be ambitious in 2017 series. With
the new year just around the corner, we hope these posts will inspire
you, help you find your passion and launch that career you've always
The early childcare industry is booming! A majority of families now
have both parents as full time breadwinners. This means trained early
childcare professionals will never be out of a job. And the demand is
growing every year. Job openings for early childcare workers over the
next couple of years are expected to be around 50,000.
If you're thinking of a career in this challenging, yet very
rewarding area, TAFE NSW can show you how to get there.
[quote]"The thing that I like most about working with children
is seeing them learning something, even if it's as simple as sitting
in a sandpit with a bucket. It's really rewarding seeing children
reach milestones." - Mikayla Green, Bachelor of Early Childhood
Education, birth - 5[/quote]
The most important quality here is your attitude towards children –
and we're talking about more than just liking them. A successful early
childcare worker needs to have a genuine affinity and empathy with
kids – you could almost say remembering what it felt like to be one yourself.
It's also pretty important to be friendly, likeable and approachable.
No parent wants to leave their child with Nurse Ratched every day.
Other personal qualities that are important for this line of work
include patience and tenacity, a calm, even temper, a sense of humour,
competence and reliability.
To work in early childcare, you'll also need some kind of formal
qualification. TAFE NSW's Certificate
III in Early Childhood Education and Care is a good starting
point. This is the nationally regulated entry-level qualification for
working in early childhood education and care and has no entry requirements.
Did you know you can begin your TAFE studies while you're still at
school? This is through the TVET
Program. TVET stands for "TAFE-delivered vocational education
and training", and Children's Services is among the industry
areas that are eligible. It means you can learn valuable workplace
skills and gain hands-on experience while you're still at school,
increasing your prospects of employment. The TVET program has been
developed by the Board of Studies and can count towards your HSC. Upon
completion of your TVET course you'll be awarded a Certificate
qualification or statement of attainment, which is nationally
accredited and recognised. If you're interested in starting your
training while still at school, speak to a career advisor either at
your school or your
nearest TAFE NSW college.
[quote]"If you want to build a strong nation then you have to
build a strong foundation in children." - Ito Rivera, Diploma of
Children's Services (Early Childhood Education and Care)[/quote]
There's no doubt that working full time with young children has its
own unique demands and challenges. But anyone who already works in
this area will tell you that the rewards easily outweigh those challenges.
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download your free Childcare Course Guide.