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Career Pathways in Early Childhood Education and Care

Career Pathways in Early Childhood Education and Care

Have you always wanted to care for and educate children, babies and toddlers? If your answer was yes, completing a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is going to be a great first step to get you there. This qualification opens a range of career pathways and early childhood education jobs like childcare or preschool assistant, outside school hours aide and more.

Explore five career pathways that you’ll be qualified for with a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care below.


Childcare Assistant

A childcare assistant’s primary responsibility is to take care of children, toddlers and babies in an organisation that’s either private or government-funded. They work side by side with the childcare teacher to ensure the child’s basic needs are met and that each day’s activities and lesson plans are implemented.

To succeed in this specific early childhood education job, it’s imperative for childcare assistants to have a friendly and nurturing nature that children gravitate towards. Ensuring children feel supported, safe and secure is a huge responsibility and one you can develop by studying the CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.


Family Day Care Assistant

The duties of a family day care assistant are very similar to that of a childcare assistant. The main difference is that family day care is often a less structured environment, where children of all ages can play together.

For example, siblings are not separated at a family day care unlike in childcare centres, where children are grouped together by age. An added advantage of this role is that family day care assistants typically have fewer children to monitor, so they can provide more personal care. However, their responsibilities remain unchanged and providing the best care will always be paramount.


Education Assistant

Sometimes known as teacher aides, education assistants work in schools to support students with their learning, development and behaviour in classroom settings. As far as early childhood education jobs go, this is an extremely gratifying career path. You’ll get to work directly with classroom teachers to help children with their developmental and learning needs, such as reading, maths and social skills.

After completing a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care you’ll be qualified as an education assistant and can find employment in public, private and community education settings across the country.


Outside School Hours Aide

After hours childcare services are becoming increasingly popular as working hours extend for parents. This is where outside school hours aides have an important part to play, by supporting educators with the day to day supervision and running of afterhours childcare services. To be part of this team, you’ll need to complete a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and be committed to supporting the growth and development of children.


Preschool Assistant

Preschool assistants work collaboratively with educators in preschool centres to prepare and implement educational programs for children and their families. As well as keeping a close eye on the whereabouts and health of children, preschool assistants also work with senior education teams. Together, they ensure positive learning outcomes for children to set them up for success in the later years of school.


Still feeling unsure about what career pathway would be best for you? Completing a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care will see you qualified for any of the careers we discussed above. For further information, you can read about our current Certificate offering here.


Article from FoundationEducation