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Childcare Worker

Assist in the social and educational development of children.

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.

Childcare Worker

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.

What can I earn as a Childcare Worker?

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The most common annual salary in AUS for a Childcare Worker is between $55k and $65k

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How to become a Childcare Worker


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The minimum qualification to become a Childcare Worker is the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113). A Working with Children Licence is also required. First Aid training is recommended, although not mandatory.

  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. Complete a First Aid certificate including CPR, Anaphylaxis, and Asthma Awareness training.

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Certificate IV in School Age Education and Care

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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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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 Workers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 14 Childcare Workers surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
4.1
Job satisfaction
4.1
Career progression opportunities
3.9
Job security
4.0
Pay / Salary
3.4
Variety of work
3.9

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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
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
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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Oct 2018
Childcare is hard work, physical and sometimes stressful but I love the children
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Early childhood education lead educator
The good things
The good thing is the children and co-workers The challenges are management, policies, lack of support, being put under increasing pressure, after hours meetings, don’t get breaks when supposed to ......
The challenges
Companies are different. Value children and staff differently choose community services otherwise Choose wisely, look at reviews and ask around.
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Working hours for Childcare Workers

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

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

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