Wondering why to choose early childhood education as a career?
I love creating inviting spaces children can explore, investigate and experiment with - with as much independence and autonomy as possible." -- Amazing Graduate Sienna inspires young ones and parents alike with creative spaces in her role as lead educator.
A career in early childhood can be very rewarding, providing the opportunity to influence and shape the lives of young children and their families. Early childhood education equips children with the skills and capacity to be effective and engaged learners through school and beyond.
So, if you love working with children, delight in all things creative, and are eager to make a positive difference to the lives of others, then childcare could be for you.
Here are 5 great reasons to consider starting a career in childcare today.
1 - You enjoy great job security
Now's a great time to consider a career in early childhood education and care, as strong growth of the early childhood sector continues. So why is it so strong, and growing?
Changes to educator-to-child ratios are in some ways responsible here; however, there's simply an increase in the number of children attending children's services right now.
Actually, early childhood is one of the most in-demand professions. Job Outlook, an initiative of the Department of Employment, predicts that the industry's very strong growth will continue for at least the next five years. And, statistics say that the demand for childcare workers in Australia is likely to grow by 7% from 2016 to 2026!
2 - Your career is incredibly rewarding
As a childcare worker, the role you play in shaping the lives of young children is enormous! The early years (0-5) are so important for the cognitive and emotional development of children, and often they'll be spending a lot of that time with you, their qualified carer. That means you can inspire their love of learning and help them develop those ever-important social skills. That also means you can get creative, just as one of our amazing Diploma Graduates has done, to foster that deep love of learning and interacting from the very beginning.
Early childhood educators have an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of young children by providing quality experiences that encourage positive outcomes for 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.
It is in these ways that you, as an early childhood educator, can equip the younger generation with the skills and capacity to be effective and engaged learners. You can empower and shape the future, and experience the satisfaction of working with children and young people every day.
3 - The career opportunities are near-endless
Professional roles in the early childhood industry are varied, so there's always room for you to grow and challenge yourself in childcare. Plus, you can cater your career to your personal interests, goals and lifestyle.
You may choose to work in long daycare, kindergartens and preschools, family daycare, and outside school hours care. Some roles involve working directly with children, such as educators, or working indirectly with children, such as centre managers who oversee the day-to-day running of the service. Your career can take you to centre support roles, such as an area or operations manager, administration, consultative, early childhood training or overseeing quality and compliance.
As one of our Childcare Trainer and Assessors Penbe says,
An early childhood qualification can take you anywhere... Getting that initial certificate in childcare can open a lot of doors, and you might not even realise!"
Though approximately 96% of our graduates are now employed in childcare centres across Australia, many of our students choose to continue their studies at university and earn their teaching degree.
4 - You can enjoy a career that suits your lifestyle
Working in early childhood offers you the opportunity to work across various roles, and to various schedules. Because most centres are open 11-12 hours a day, you can often say goodbye to the rigid 9-5.
5 - You may be eligible to study fee-free*
Many eligible Australians can earn their qualification in childcare for free, or from just $1 to $2 per unit, thanks to government funding. Courses available under these initiatives include the CHC30113 Certificate III of Early Childhood Education and Care and CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.
You can find out if you're eligible for funding here.
*Conditions Apply. Contact us for details.