Child Care Students Can Now Study & Work at the Same Time!

Do you love children? Are you looking for a career that offers steady and rewarding employment? Then a career in the Early Childhood sector could suit you perfectly!

The good news? Currently the demand for quality Certificate IIII and Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care graduates is higher than ever before. How does this impact people who are interested in studying childcare? It means you will enter a growing workforce and you could start working and earning whilst you study your early childhood qualification. Read on to learn more.

An Industry Growing Rapidly

Why is there such growth in the childcare industry? This is due to two main reasons. Firstly, the increasing evidence that outlines the benefits of early childhood education. Secondly, the government’s response to this via budget allocation. To learn more about the government’s financial response, read our other blog.

The expected job growth across Australia over the next 5 years anticipates an increase of Early Learning Centre Manager roles by 20.9%, or in other words, 16,000 jobs.

Centres are already struggling to meet the demand for early childhood educators. And with expected growth of jobs, you can see why the time is NOW to get started on your career journey into the childcare sector.

The Benefits of Early Childhood Education

Mounting evidence and research has led to a better understanding of the benefits and importance of early childhood education for children, families and society in general. Studies show that pre-school participation has a significant impact on later NAPLAN outcomes in the areas of Numeracy, Reading and Spelling.

Benefits are not purely academic though. Early access to education lays foundations for a successful life in many ways. The Early Years Framework shows that access to early education supports children to develop a strong sense of identity, become lifelong learners, have effective communication, meet challenges with confidence and have healthy wellbeing.

These outcomes bring tangible economic and other benefits to society at large. With the recognition of such an impact on society comes a commitment from every government at every level to ensure that children have access to early childhood education. In particular, 2 years of playbased learning before school starts.

The Reason Why You Can Start Working Whilst You Study

Suzan Johnston Australia receive calls from employers on a daily basis, asking for our assistance to fill vacancies within their centres.

The National Quality Framework (NQF) sets out the minimum educator qualification requirements for working with children of preschool age and under in centre-based services. This specifies that at least 50% of educators must be Diploma level qualified or higher. All other workers must be Certificate III level or higher. If an individual is ‘actively working towards’ the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, they may be counted as a Certificate III level educator.

We see this happen time and time again, as centres struggle to meet the demand for care with Educators. As a result, many of our childcare course students are able to secure paid employment from their practical placement – within just weeks of commencing their studies!

When you study either the Certificate III or the Diploma in Early Childhood and Education, so many different career options open up and the future is bright!

At Suzan Johnston, we are passionate about empowering and educating students to get started in a rewarding and stable career. For more information, please call or email us to discuss your personal needs. We’d love to help you on your journey.