Gone are the days when childcare was thought of as finger painting
and taking naps. It is serious business. The early childcare industry
is booming and childcare workers are inspiring the next generation to
learn and grow.
With 88.4% of Australians in full-time and part-time work, the need
for childcare workers has never been stronger. New jobs are constantly being created, and it
is estimated that there will be more than 50,000 job openings in the
next five years in this industry.
If you're thinking of a career in this rewarding area, TAFE NSW can
help you get there.
Perhaps the most important quality you can have in this industry is
your attitude towards children and families. We're talking about more
than just liking them. A successful childcare worker needs to have a
genuine affinity and empathy. In some cases you will spend more time
with their children during the week than they will, so it's important
that parents know you are friendly, likeable and approachable.
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.
"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
Be ready earlier
If you are still at school, you can get a headstart on your career in
childcare 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.
This means you can learn valuable workplace skills and gain hands-on
experience while you're still at school. Watch those employment
prospects go up!
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the TVET program can count towards your HSC. So you may be eligible
for units toward you HSC and a certificate or statement of attainment
when you complete the course. Two qualifications for your resume.
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 campus.
"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)
Such an important role naturally requires qualifications. A good
starting point is TAFE NSW's Certificate
III in Early Childhood Education and Care. This is the
nationally regulated entry-level qualification for working in early
childhood education and care and has no entry requirements.
You can then move on to a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and
Care and if you are interested in early childhood teaching we
offer the TAFE
NSW Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Care (Birth – 5).
There's no doubt that working full-time with young children has its
own unique demands and challenges. But anyone who works in this
industry will tell you that the rewards outweigh those challenges.
To find out more about how TAFE NSW can help you be ambitious visit
Services - Childcare.