Becoming a Childcare Worker

Becoming a Childcare Worker

 

Choosing to care for infants and children in a variety of environments means you’ll need to be prepared as much as possible. There are lots of things to consider for this profession, and this quick guide will give you an understanding of what’s involved with a professional role in Children’s Services.

What Does a Childcare Worker Do?

Childcare workers look after different aspects of what a child needs in their care, whether it be encouraging a child to play with others to help develop social skills, or educating through fun activities.

A range of functions are performed within the role to help develop behavioural and physical skills, including the following:

  • Watching and noting how children grow, behave and develop with others
  • Looking after the little ones as they play safely in environments you plan and create, including education
  • Working with special needs children
  • Helping children develop everyday routines like going to the toilet, sleeping, eating and more
  • Importantly, maintaining a safe environment free from any dangerous obstacles to prevent any need for first aid

These are just some of the vital skills you’ll need to be a competent Childcare worker, which VFA Learning can teach through Certificate III in Childcare.

What is a Child Care Worker Salary?

The average annual salary for an entry-level role can vary depending on role, work hours and other factors, but the average pay for a child care worker in their first year is anywhere between $30,000 and $45,000.

As you learn and get more experience from the role, though, that wage will scale accordingly. It’s also important to remember that to have a long career looking after children, you’ll need to make sure that you’re satisfying the needs of the centre or area you choose to work, as well as the parents who leave their children in your care.

While it may seem challenging, parents face a bigger task of leaving their children with people they don’t know, so developing that relationship with them is just as essential as making sure you get along with the children.

What Kind Of Work Is There For Me?

There are a range of roles you can take on when you work in childcare, including the following:

  • Child Care Assistant
  • Playgroup Supervisor
  • Family Care Worker
  • Nanny

How Do I Find Out More?

All of these roles can lead to long and fulfilling careers with Child Care, and it typically begins with study in a Child Care course, so all you need to do is get in touch with us and we’ll be able to help you understand just what it takes to become a child care