What's it like to be an Early Childhood Educator?
Early Childhood Educators care for infants and young children in a range of settings to help meet their social, emotional, physical and educational needs.
Tasks and duties
- Supervise children and engage them in age-appropriate activities.
- Assist in recording information about children’s development, behaviour and progress, and communicate this to their parents, carers and other professionals who may be involved in the child’s life.
- Maintain a clean, healthy and educational environment for children to play and learn in.
Early Childhood Educators may also be referred to as Childcare Workers, and along with Early Childhood Teachers form an important part of a team who provide high quality care for children.
The role of an Early Childhood Educator may vary depending on the setting, but they are predominantly employed in childcare centres, occasional care venues, kindergartens and preschools.
What can I earn as an Early Childhood Educator?
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How to become an Early Childhood Educator
- Complete a qualification in early childhood education. This will usually be a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113), or a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50113). A Certificate III is a usually a prerequisite to gain entry into a Diploma program.
- To work in an early childhood setting, you will need police clearance such as a Working with Children Check, and it’s likely you’ll need to commit to completing a first aid certificate.
- There are many opportunities for those working in the field of early childhood. Early Childhood Educators can gain additional qualifications to become an Early Childhood Teacher or a Childcare Centre Manager.