What's it like to be a Childcare Worker?
Childcare Workers provide care and supervision for children. They work in a variety of private and government settings including residential homes, childcare centres, kindergartens, hospitals, crèches and women’s shelters. They supervise and support children in their educational and recreational activities.
Tasks and duties
- Supervising the daily routine of children including educational, recreational and hygiene regimes.
- Assisting in the preparation of materials and equipment for children's education and recreational activities.
- Managing children's behaviour and supporting children's social development.
- Planning and coordinating activities for children.
- Entertaining children through reading and playing games.
Childcare Workers contribute to the social and educational development of children under their supervision by participating in activities such as reading and playing games. They also manage children’s behaviour when alone and interacting with other children and supervise children’s personal hygiene routines.
What can I earn as a Childcare Worker?
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How to become a Childcare Worker
- Hold a current Working with Children Licence. You can apply online, and licensing is mandatory for anyone engaging, or intending to engage in child-related work as an employee or volunteer with children under the age of 18.
- Complete a qualification in Early Childhood Care. This could be a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113) a Certificate IV in School Age Education and Care (CHC40113), or a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50113).
- Complete a First Aid certificate including CPR, Anaphylaxis, and Asthma Awareness training.
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