Childcare Worker

Assist in the social and educational development of children.
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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.
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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.
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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.

How to become a Childcare Worker

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The minimum qualification to become a Childcare Worker is a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30121). A Working with Children Check is also required. First Aid training is recommended.

  1. Complete a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30121). This will prepare you for entry-level roles in the industry.
  2. Consider completing a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50121) to build management skills and prepare for leadership positions.
  3. Ensure you have a current Working with Children Check and First Aid certification that includes CPR, Anaphylaxis and Asthma Awareness training.

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Working hours for Childcare Workers

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Late nights

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Source: National Skills Commission. Child Carers
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Latest Childcare Worker reviews

Latest reviews from 26 Childcare Workers surveyed on SEEK.

May 2021
Childcare can be rewarding , it’s the children that makes me want to stay in the industry
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
The good things
If you enjoy working with children it is very rewarding, watching the children develop into unique people. Children are so honest they make you laugh and make your day.We don’t have to work weekends. ...
The challenges
The challenges and downsides to the job are * we are under paid, we do more stressful and physical work than other education paid roles who get paid more.The first three years of childcare sets them ...
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Nov 2018
Child care is a very rewarding job but can be challenging, I just live working with the children.
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Behaviour management
The good things
working with children can be fun, challenging, satisfying but mostly you make a difference each day to children’s lives and learn just as much from them as they do from you.
The challenges
Different challenging behaviours of children, communication with parents and keeping them up to date on any issues. Staying compliant. Paperwork up to date constantly. More to child care than just lo...
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