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Start your career in Early Childhood Education and Care

Before you start or progress your Early Childhood Education and care career,take some time to look into the future.

 Start your career in Early Childhood Education and Care

Spotlight on industry growth: 25.4% growth between 2019 and 2022

Australia’s growing population, and increase in the number of people active within the workforce, has helped give rise to the larger demand for childcare placements throughout the country. Today, 1.5 million children aged 12 or below, are currently in some form of child care placement, with nearly 180,000 children are enrolled in family day care centres.

Additionally, the Early Childhood Education and Care industry is also becoming increasingly diverse, with centers now offering more specialised services, with special needs children, children from diverse backgrounds, and younger and younger children being more expressly catered to. So, with the demand for workers with a diverse range of skills increasing, now is the time for you to enrol in an Early Childhood and Education course at TAFE NSW.


Spotlight on in-demand skills of the future

While the skills required to work effectively in the Early Childhood Education and Care industry are enduring, the way in which workers need to implement those skills within modern settings is constantly evolving. That’s why the TAFE NSW Bachelor of Early Childhood Education provides you with a modern approach to the timeless practical skills and knowledge, ensuring that your career in the early childhood education and care sector is aligned with the workplaces of today, as well as those of the future.

  • Communication skills. Early childhood education and care workers must be able to discuss the progress of the children in their care with parents and co-workers. You will need to possess (or develop) good communication skills, in order to effectively convey information, while also possessing good listening skills to clearly comprehend any instructions from parents.
  • Decision making skills. Emergencies and difficult situations arise frequently when working with children, so having the skill to make the right decisions at the right time is an absolute necessity for you to work in early childhood education and care.
  • Instructional skills. Early childhood education and care workers need to be able to explain any number of things to young children, using particular words and descriptions that make it easy for young children to comprehend.
  • Interpersonal skills. Because it takes a large amount of trust for a parent to leave their child in the care of people who are essentially strangers, early childhood education and care workers need to develop good relationships with an increasingly diverse range of parents, children, and colleagues, by enhancing their interpersonal skills.
  • Patience. Being able to remain composed and respond calmly during moments of overwhelming and trying situations is a common necessity when working with children. This means that early childhood education and care employees need to develop the requisite skills to avoid becoming frustrated.
  • Physical stamina. Working with children can be physically demanding, so people employed within the early childhood education and care sector should strive to be as energetic as possible.


Spotlight on job satisfaction

While the industry is incredibly rewarding one, allowing you to work with eager, young minds, inspiring them to learn and grow, there are many reasons that can make a career in this industry fulfilling.

Job roles within the early childhood education and care sector are often more flexible than within other industries. Nearly a third of roles in childcare (29.1%) are worked part time, which means that you could have the opportunity to balance your work and family life, or just spend more time on yourself
 

Spotlight pathways to successful careers

1. Early childhood educator

Job ads in the past 3 months: 16,410

Pathway options:

2. Childcare worker/nanny

Job ads in past 3 months: 2,520  

Pathway options:

  • Statement of Attainment in Identify and Respond to Children and Young People at Risk (900-80573V01)
  • TAFE Plus Statement in Support meaningful inclusion of children with additional needs (900-500014)

3. Kindergarten assistant

Job ads in past 3 months: 2,448

Pathway options:

  • Statement of Attainment in Early Childhood Fundamentals (166-56524V01)
  • Statement of Attainment in Early childhood (SG00000220)
  • Statement of Attainment in Introduction to Early Childhood and Education Support (SG00006368)
  • Statement of Attainment in Pathway to Early Childhood and Education Support Qualifications (SG00006367)

4. Family day care educator

job ads in past 3 months: 8,754  

Pathway options:

5. Specialised education teacher

Job ads in past 3 months: 2,388  

Pathway options:

When you make the decision to pursue (or advance) your career within the early childhood education and care industry, TAFE NSW has plenty of study options to help you along your journey in this rewarding profession.  

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Sources: Industry employment forecast, job advertisement, top skills, and employer data have been provided by TAFE Strategy. Employment forecast data was sourced from Deloitte Access Economics in February 2017. All job advertisement data was sourced from the Burning Glass Technologies’ Labor Insight™ Real-time Labor Market Information tool and is based on online job postings over the 12 months to October 2018 unless stated otherwise. Average salary data has been sourced from the Commonwealth Government’s JobOutlook website. Information on demand in the disability and mental health services sectors has been sourced from the NDIS website and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s Mental Health Services in Australia report.