Have you always been passionate about looking after kids?
Do you thrive on the notion of helping them grow and learn?
Do you get pride out of helping a child learn to tie their shoes or successfully spell their name
Sounds like you ought to pursue a career in childcare!
You’re in luck: the demand for child carers and early childhood educators is higher than ever.
In fact, childcare is one of Australia’s strongest industries at the moment.
As such, enrolling in Academia’s childcare courses in Melbourne or Brisbane is one of the best career moves you can make, regardless of whether you’re fresh out of school or looking to change your direction.
If a career in child care is the kind of idea that puts a smile on your face, then you might want to start pursuing it right now!
Higher demand for qualified childcare services
In recent years, the demand for childcare workers has risen dramatically.
The boom was so sudden, the childcare market was actually left with an oversupply of childcare services, which only recently corrected itself!
The significant rise in the number of households with two employed parents has created a higher demand for childcare.
With both parents at work to support the family, mothers and fathers need quality, reliable childcare services now more than ever.
Not to mention, recent changes to the child to carer ratio put in place by the National Quality Framework (NQF) has driven a spike in job openings for new childcare workers and carers (more on that below).
The number of subsidised childcare spots is increasing
According to figures released by the Federal Government, the number of children accessing subsidised childcare is expected to hit 2 million by next year – a 300,000 increase from the 2016-2017 fiscal year.
That’s a lot of children entering child care for the first time.
And with existing centres being required to meet new carer to child ratios (don’t worry, we’ll get to that), that means many centres are hiring new carers.
How the National Quality Framework (NQF) has created new job opportunities
The change to educator to child ratios were introduced in January 2016.
Before the NQF implemented changes to the ratio requirement, the ratio differed between states across Australia.
Unfortunately, the previous ratios often led to childcare workers stretching themselves thin, which then impacted the quality of care provided.
In response, the NQF revised its mandatory carer-to-child ratios.
Thanks to this change however, many childcare and daycare centres have had to go on hiring sprees to ensure they’re providing enough coverage for the children in their care.
In Queensland for example, the current ratio are as follows:
|Age Group||Carer-to-child Ratio|
|Birth – 24 months||1:4|
|24 months – 36 months||1:5|
|Over preschool age||1:15|
Long story short: if the goal is to find work in a career that’s positively overflowing with job opportunities, childcare is the place to be!
Enroll in industry-approved and accredited childcare courses in Melbourne and Brisbane!
With the demand for child carers rising so dramatically across all of Australia, there has never been a better time to sign up for a childcare course!
Entering this rapidly-growing industry is a great career move. And it all starts with a quality education.
Academia offers both a Certificate III in Early Childhood and Education Care and a Diploma in Early Childhood and Education Care.
These childcare courses will provide you with vital skills and accreditations you will need to be successful in childcare.
With both theoretical and work placement training provided, you are bound to walk away with all the knowledge you could possibly need.
Certificate III in Early Education and Care
Combining classroom-based learning with workshops that simulates a real-world childcare centre, a Certificate III in Early Education and Care gives you all the tools needed to begin a long, rewarding career in childcare.
In addition to the day-to-day tasks, you’ll also learn about a range of other topics such as:
- Child development
- Legal obligations
- Communication and conflict resolution
As part of this course, students will also undergo 150 hours of practical placement in one of Academia’s partner childcare centres.
Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care
Eager to take your child care career to the next level?
Whether you want to take on a managerial role or open up your very own daycare, a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care from Academia can take you there!
To prepare you for the task of running a childcare facility, you’ll be taught and trained by experienced instructors in areas including:
- Planning and implementing leadership
- Management and admin skills
- Developing behavioural management strategies
- Creating curriculums
- Meal planning
- Creating safe childcare spaces
What’s more, you’ll have a 240-hour work placement at one of our industry partners to put your newly-learnt skills into practice.
Academia can take your career to the next level!
You can rest easy knowing that you are putting your education in the hands of professionals.
The team at Academia have won multiple industry awards, including the ‘Victorian Private Education and Training Provider of the Year’ in 2013.
Why’s that? It’s a critical combination of the following three factors:
- Experienced and passionate instructors
- Extensive industry connections
- Thanks to our smaller size, a laser-focus on student success!
If you want to know more about what it is like to study childcare in Melbourne or Brisbane with Academia, you can contact the team directly on the numbers below.
Or, if you would like to hear from past students about their experiences you can view their testimonials here.
Got a question? Lodge an enquiry and we’ll get back to you. Prefer to chat? Give us a call – we’d love to help!