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Childcare Assistant

Provide care and supervision to children in a day care centre.

What's it like to be a Childcare Assistant?

A Childcare Assistant provides care and structured learning to children, usually in a day care centre. Childcare Assistants supervise children as they learn and play, provide comfort and reassurance, plan stimulating activities, and keep children clean and safe.

Childcare Assistant

Tasks and duties

  • Supervising children at all times.
  • Organising stimulating and enriching activities for children.
  • Preparing materials and equipment for children to use.
  • Providing social development guidance and managing behaviours.
  • Coordinating children’s routines and ensuring they are kept to.
  • Supervising and teaching children basic hygiene principles.

What can I earn as a Childcare Assistant?

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The most common annual salary in AUS for a Childcare Assistant is between $45k and $55k

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How to become a Childcare Assistant


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The minimum qualification to work as a Childcare Assistant is the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113).

  1. Complete a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113) through TAFE or a private college. It will take you 1 year to complete full-time, and there are no minimum entry requirements.
  2. Consider continuing your studies with a Diploma of Early Childhood and Care (CHC50113). A Diploma will provide with the skills to advance into more senior roles, such as a Childcare Centre Manager.
  3. You’ll also need a Working With Children Check, a National Police Check and a First Aid Certificate.

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How do Childcare Assistants rate their role?

Latest reviews from 14 Childcare Assistants surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
4.4
Job satisfaction
4.1
Career progression opportunities
3.7
Job security
3.5
Pay / Salary
3.9
Variety of work
3.8

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Aug 2019
Childcare can be exhausting but very rewarding seeing the children's faces light up when they see you and learn new things
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate III in Children's Services
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Childcare
The good things
Working with different people/ children daily
The challenges
Working with difficult children and rude employees
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Aug 2019
Some days are hard but it is a very rewarding job watching children grow and learn.
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Children's Services (Early childhood education and care)
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Childcare assistant
The good things
I am at a centre that makes you feel valued and supported. Everyone works together and helps each other out when needed.
The challenges
Some challenges are some days are harder than others. Some days their can be lots of crying from unsettled children, this then leads to a lot of heavy lifting and carrying the children to make them fe...
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Working hours for Childcare Assistants

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What are the job opportunities for Childcare Assistants?

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Projected job growthAlert

National increase over next 5 years *
19.8%
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Source: LMIP. Child Carers

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