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Build an early childhood education career with TAFE NSW. The Certificate III is the flagship industry course. You can continue your path and study the TAFE NSW Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Care. TAFE NSW courses incorporate real-world experience in early childhood facilities so you can put your training into practice. Traineeships may be available.

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Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113) online options available

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Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50113) online options available

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Study education support at TAFE NSW and your course is designed and delivered in partnership with education specialists, and you'll learn to work in a team focused on providing leading education.

Certificate III in Education Support (CHC30213) online options available

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Certificate IV in Education Support (CHC40213) online options available

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Careers associated with the education and care of school-aged children are in demand. Work-placements may be available on your way to your career. Study in employer-linked facilities with the help of teachers who are still involved with industry.

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Carla, Early Childhood Education and Care

BE an early childhood educator

"I have always been passionate about children, and I knew that a career with children would be fulfilling. But I’ve learned that it is also incredibly rewarding."

Carla, Early Childhood Education and Care

Carla was working towards a career in the building trades. Then she took stock of what she wanted in a career and made the brave decision to listen to her heart.

"I just decided that I wanted to be in a career where I would swing my legs out of bed every morning and for me, it kept coming back to childcare."

It's been a decision that has changed not only her career, but her life and it continues to reward Carla every day.

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Depending on the area of child care or early childhood you’re interested in pursuing, TAFE NSW has a range of courses that will be ideal for you and your specific career choice. Contact TAFE NSW today to discover the ideal course for you.

Regardless of what level you’re starting at, TAFE NSW has a range of courses to help you become an early childhood educator. And with more than 25,000 employer connections, we can ensure that you start your career the right way.

When you study the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care at TAFE NSW, you will be equipped with a nationally recognised qualification that meets the legal requirement to work as an early childhood educator.

The early childhood qualifications at TAFE NSW help you build the skills and knowledge in child development and pedagogical practices, welfare, ethics, diversity and social justice. You can also develop skills and knowledge in management, leadership, and advocacy which will extend the range of employment opportunities you will have on graduation.

By studying education support courses at TAFE NSW, you will learn to work in a team focused on providing leading education, as a teacher aide, education support worker, or home tutor, to help students to reach their full potential.

With a TAFE NSW Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Care degree, you'll be qualified for a wide range of roles, working in a variety of settings such as day care, child care, preschool, and integrated child and family services.

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  • education support courses - 1,000
  • early childhood professional development - 260
  • early childhood teacher qualifications - 40

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What job opportunities could a children's service and childcare course lead to?

A children's services or childcare course can lead to a number of job opportunities, from early childhood teaching, to childcare services, or youth and community work.

Qualifications in children's services can lead to jobs as a:

  • Childcare Centre Manager
  • Special Needs Worker
  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Nanny
  • Children’s Services Coordinator

The average weekly salary for a childcare centre manager is $1,100, and is $900 for an early childhood educator. The minimum qualification requirement for becoming an early childhood educator or childcare worker is Certificate III in Early Childhood Education. The job responsibilities of an early childhood educator are to create and implement development-based educational programs for children, that support children's wellbeing, and address their emotional, cognitive, social, and physical needs, while communicating effectively with parents.

Whether you're starting out in your children’s services career, want to gain more qualifications, add to your previous experience, or simply want to take advantage of the many job opportunities in this sector, TAFE NSW offers a wide variety of courses at a level to suit your needs.

Source: joboutlook.gov.au