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Childcare Educator

Provide social, emotional, and educational support to children.

What's it like to be a Childcare Educator?

Childcare Educators are responsible for caring for infants and young children in child care settings in order to provide social, emotional, physical and educational assistance to support appropriate development.

Childcare Educator

Tasks and duties

  • Preparing and delivering materials and learning opportunities for children, engaging them in developmentally appropriate activities.
  • Supervising children and ensuring their educational, recreational, nutritional and hygiene requirements are met.
  • Keeping records about children’s behaviour, development and progress and sharing this information with parents, carers and other professionals as required.
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Childcare Educators usually work as part of a small team that provides an educational, healthy and clean environments for children.

The settings in which Childcare Educators may work include childcare centres, crèches, occasional care and family day care.

What can I earn as a Childcare Educator?

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

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How to become a Childcare Educator


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To become a Childcare Educator in Australia, a qualification in early childhood education or children’s services is required.

  1. Complete a qualification in early childhood or children’s services. This may be a Certificate III in early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113), or a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50113).
  2. To work as a Childcare Educator, you’ll also need to have a current Working with Children Check and undergo a police check. It’s likely that you’ll also need to complete a First Aid certificate.
  3. There are many opportunities for Childcare Educators wishing to further their career, such as becoming an Early Childhood Educator or Childcare Centre Manager.

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Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

This certificate provides you with the skills to supervise and provide care for children, and to facilitate their learning, leisure and play.
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Bachelor of Arts

This qualification gives you broad skills and knowledge in your chosen area of specialisation to get you started in your career.
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Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

This diploma gives you the skills and knowledge to supervise staff and children in an early childhood setting.
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How do Childcare Educators rate their role?

Latest reviews from 15 Childcare Educators surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
4.8
Job satisfaction
4.3
Career progression opportunities
4.0
Job security
4.4
Pay / Salary
3.6
Variety of work
4.1

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Aug 2019
Classroom aide can be challenging; would not change it. Best career change!
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
Experience
Less than a year
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Classroom Aide
The good things
I was working in child care for 10 years and had done tutoring on the side or casually working at schools to help. Once I had my baby and had the realisation I was ready for a career change, it was t...
The challenges
Students with disabilities, behavioural issues and language barriers can bring on some challenging situations. There have been threats, cheating on tests and swearing. Sounds bad? The more I talk to ...
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Aug 2019
Caring for children is a passionate job.
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Childcare educator
The good things
Working as a Childcare Educator is a tough job unless you have a passion to work with the children. It requires much energy and effort to care for a large number of children. The good things about th...
The challenges
Being a good educator require much experience on floor and especially when working with various children ages from new born to preschoolers.
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Working hours for Childcare Educators

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Weekends
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Late nights
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What are the job opportunities for Childcare Educators?

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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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