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Early Childhood Educator

Provide high quality care to children and contribute to their social, emotional and educational development.

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.

Early Childhood Educator

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.
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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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The most common annual salary in AUS for an Early Childhood Educator is between $45k and $55k
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How to become an Early Childhood Educator


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To become an Early Childhood Educator in Australia, a VET qualification is usually required and you may need to attend an interview. The minimum qualification is a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113).

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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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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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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How do Early Childhood Educators rate their role?

Latest reviews from 47 Early Childhood Educators surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
4.0
Job satisfaction
4.0
Career progression opportunities
3.7
Job security
3.7
Pay / Salary
3.0
Variety of work
3.9

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Oct 2018
Being an early childhood Educator is highly rewarding although you aren't very appreciated as an Educator.
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Early childhood
The good things
Being a part of so many lives. Being able to support & guide children to become the best they can be. Learning from children & having time to just laugh at the little thing's in life.
The challenges
The pay is not good. You do the job because you love it not because it pays well. The industry is hard to get a full time job in & the ratios are not always met which puts stress onto you as an Educat...
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Oct 2018
Early childhood education is as rewarding and fun as it is challenging.
Reviewer's Qualification
Completed High School (Year 12)
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Teachers Assistant
The good things
The best things about this type of work are the diversity in daily tasks and the reaction of children and other staff to said tasks. While a routine forms the core of the position the day to day requi...
The challenges
Some of the greatest challenges to being an early childhood educator are ones that can be overcome with experience or training. These include educating children with learning difficulties, physical di...
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Working hours for Early Childhood Educators

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Weekends
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What are the job opportunities for Early Childhood Educators?

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National increase over next 5 years *
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Source: LMIP. Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers

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