New Year, New Career in Child Care
As you sipped your favourite beverage, watched the colourful fireworks fill the night sky, and the clock tick over a new year; did you make a resolution to take charge of your career? Maybe this is the year to start something new, to embark on a journey that is rewarding, but also challenging.
Starting a career in child care can give you those things and more. By choosing to take care of and educate children during some of the most formative years of their life, you are choosing a fulfilling and gratifying career. And getting started might be easier than you think.
How to Start a Career in Child Care
We all know that education is key when it comes to building or changing careers. Developing the skills required to nurture, support and educate children is obviously an essential step when it comes to starting a career in child care. At a minimum, child care workers in Australia need to hold or be working towards a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. But the good news is, you can seek employment while you study.
A Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care will provide you with a solid introduction to children’s services and the skills required for supporting children’s wellbeing, education and development. You will learn, among other things, how to develop positive and respectful relationships with children, how to work with families to provide appropriate education and care, how to promote and provide healthy food and drinks, and how to work within legal and ethical frameworks. You will also undertake workplace training that will give you a valuable insight into the day-to-day happenings of a child care centre and an opportunity to put theory into practice. Because of this hands-on experience, gaining employment while studying is not only possible, but probable. As one of Australia’s fastest growing industries, there are many jobs available to those who are eager, passionate and willing to learn.
Take Your Career to the Next Level
A fulfilling career is one that not only provides you with day-to-day gratification, but also an opportunity for you to grow and develop. By upgrading your Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care to a Diploma, you could open the doors to a much wider array of positions within the industry.
The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care will provide you with the necessary skills to work in a supervisory role and develop and implement curriculum within an early childhood education and care service. With management skills integrated into the course content, as well as further on-the-job experience, this course will give your career the boost it needs.
And if you already hold a Cert III, you will have a great knowledge base to build on while studying the Diploma. You may also be able to accelerate your acquisition of the qualification. Because the Diploma and Cert III share some subjects, you may not have to study them again. Of course, you will need to prove you hold the Cert III, but we can help with that. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
Your Previous Experience Counts
Have you ever heard of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)? We mentioned this above in relation to the skills and knowledge you may have acquired through previous study, but you may also qualify for RPL through past work experience, informal training and even life experiences. Essentially RPL recognises that learning takes place in variety of settings.
For example, you may already work in a position that involves the management of others. This obviously gives you valuable leadership skills and can be taken into account when assessing the subjects you need to undertake to move into a career in child care. By having a qualified assessor match your skills and knowledge to the requirements of a Nationally recognised child care qualification, you might not have to complete all or part of a training program. With what could be a personalised training program that address any gaps in your knowledge or skills, you could be much closer to your new career than you thought.
Don’t let your resolution slip away come the end of February. Atkinson Child Care College can help you make a start on a new career in child care, assess your existing skills and knowledge, and tailor a training program to help you achieve your goals quicker than you thought. All you need to do is give us a call on 4942 2300 or click here to complete the enquiry form. You can also explore the courses and study options available to you.