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By Career Advisor on September, 22 2020

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Have you been thinking about taking on a career in early childhood education and care but concerned about paying course fees and losing out on an income while you're studying? We’ve got great news for you. If you study early childhood education and care, you can get qualified, gain professional experience, and grow your network all while getting paid! Depending on your eligibility for funding, you may also be entitled to study for free or with a government subsidy. 

A career in education is a fantastic choice for people who love caring for, teaching, and interacting with children and youth, who also want a secure job with plenty of career advancement opportunities.  

Step 1. Enrol and Get Qualified

To start work as an early childhood education and care educator, you’ll need to be enrolled in, and working towards a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (6-12 months) or a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (12-18 months). Once your course has commenced, you will be eligible to work in early childhood education and care businesses. Not sure which course to choose? Check out this blog that will help you work out the best option for you.

Step 2. Gain Professional Experience

As part of your childcare qualification, you’ll be required to complete 120-240 hours of work experience with a childcare provider. If you’ve already started working for a childcare provider, you may choose to complete your work experience at your place of employment. However, a fantastic way to grow your network and gain significant experience in more environments is to complete your work experience with another regulated child care provider.

Step 3. Get Paid!

As soon as you commence your qualification, you’ll be eligible to be employed in a childcare centre. With the demand for childcare professionals continuing to increase, there are plenty of employment opportunities. The Job Outlook government website suggests that over the next five years we can expect the demand for workers in childcare to increase – up to about 40% more vacancies! 

See below for employment opportunities in Early Childhood Education and Care from the Gold Coast to the Sunshine Coast and Townsville. At the time this blog post was published, the below volume of jobs were advertised on Seek.

Childcare Job Vacancies September 2020.

Gold Coast 98 childcare job vacancies 

Brisbane 1001 childcare job vacancies 

Sunshine Coast 79 childcare job vacancies 

Townsville 34 childcare job vacancies 


Interested in chatting to our team about getting started with your qualification? You can use this form or call us on 1300 037 000.

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