Job prospects for early childhood education and childcare workers are expected to stay strong, with workforce numbers across the country projected to exceed 150,000 by 2020.
Workers in this important educational sector mainly provide care and supervision for children in residential homes and non-residential childcare centres. Job roles include childcare workers, family daycare workers, nannies, and out-of-school-hours care workers, through to school aged care assistants, kindergarten assistants, teacher aids, education support workers and teacher assistants for special needs children.
Completing a bachelor degree in early childhood/early learning will qualify you for a job as a teacher and/or and director of a kindergarten and early childhood centre Some 45 per cent of early childhood teachers currently have a bachelor degree qualifcation.
The main age group of workers in early childhood education is 25-34 years - making up some 25 per cent of the workforce. The average weekly pre-tax earnings for pre-primary school teachers in Australia is around $1120 per week.
At Chisholm TAFE, students are offered a number of nationally accredited courses, ranging from Certificate III to Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care, through to LaTrobe University's Bachelor of Early Learning, delivered at Chisholm locations through our special partnership with this leading Victorian university. Courses are available both on-campus and through online study with Chisholm Online, as well as to international students.
Chisholm also offers a range of short courses in early childhood areas, such as child protection, creative expression, impact of family violence, first aid and inclusive practice, which are ideal for workers looking to upskill and stay up-to-date in important areas of their work practice. Chisholm offers fully equipped classrooms and simulated childcare environments where students gain hands-on experience caring for young children.
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