A career in early childhood education and care can be challenging yet very satisfying, stimulating, rewarding while providing opportunities for working across various roles. Here's five great reasons to consider starting a career in childcare today!
One - Demand for workers
It is a great time to consider a career in early childhood due to the strong growth of the early childhood sector. Factors that have influenced this growth includes recent changes to educator to child ratios that require additional educators per child. An increase in the number of children attending children’s services due to a general increase in the demand for child care, makes the early childhood one of the most in-demand professions.
According to Job Outlook, an initiative of the Department of Employment that provides data in relation to trends and employment prospects for particular occupations; there are currently over 36,000 early childhood teachers in Australia. The five years to November 2019, the number of job openings for early childhood educators is expected to average between 10,001 and 25,000. Job openings count both employment growth and turnover (defined as workers leaving their occupation for other employment or leaving the workforce).
Two - A rewarding and satisfying career
A career in early childhood can be very rewarding as it provides the opportunity to influence and shape many lives of young children and their families. Early childhood education equips children with the skills and capacity to be effective and engaged learners through to school and beyond. As an early childhood educator, you can empower and shape the future of up-and-coming generations and experience the satisfaction of working with children and young people every day.
Three - Choose the career you want
Professional roles in the early childhood industry are varied in terms of the service type and the roles available within an early childhood service and outside of an early childhood service. Service types may include Long Day Care, Kindergartens and Preschools, Family Day Care and Outside School Hours Care. Some roles involve working directly with children, such as educators or working indirectly with children or non-contact roles, such as centre manager, that oversees the day-to-day running of the service.
Four – Challenge yourself
Working in the early childhood provides opportunities to work across various roles and advancement within the industry, they may include centre support roles, such as area or operations manager; administration, consultative, early childhood training or overseeing quality and compliance.
Five – Make a difference
Education in the early years (under five) is crucial for brain and the overall physical, cognitive and language development of children. Educators have an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of young children by providing quality experiences in early childhood education and care services, that are central in developing children’s health, well-being and learning. Educators can directly influence a child’s emotional well-being by creating opportunities to become socially competent through building friendships and secure relationships. Educators play an important role in helping children prepare for the transition to school and beyond.