Early Childhood in Australia is a growing profession
Early Childhood in Australia is a profession on the move. Families have an ongoing need for care and children need to have access to quality learning environments. The profession is in constant need of quality early childhood educators. If you have a passion for educating children, then this could be the role for you.
International trends in Early Childhood Education
Early childhood education and care (ECEC) has experienced attention in recent years at a national and international level. Standards have been pushed higher with quality education recognised as being the most important thing for young children. Having access to quality early childhood education services builds strong foundations for children to learn in the future. Governments around the world have been pumping resources into early years care, with the aim of improving children’s experiences and increasing access for families.
International research shows the positive effects that quality early childhood education and care have on children’s wellbeing, learning and development. Research shows that investing in early childhood education and care is also an investment into their community’s future.
How does Australia compare?
Australia has made great improvements in it’s Early Childhood Education and Care sector. With all things though, there is plenty of room to keep improving. Australia has an above average proportion of children under three attending ECEC. The proportion of four year olds attending some form of care is also continuing to grow. One focus of the industry is to attract early childhood educators that have graduated through quality courses. International students do well with these jobs, as they often bring experience of their own and often they have studied pedagogy in their home countries. Student visas allow you to work 40 hours a fortnight during term (and more in the term breaks), which means you can work in early childhood services while you are studying. This professional development, will also enhance your skills for when you return home.
Why you should be an educator?
If you genuinely have a passion for the care and education for children under 5 years of age, then this job could be for you. It is packed with plenty to do, from attending to children’s physical care (changing nappies, giving bottles and providing meals, helping to develop a range of areas), planning educational experiences that will benefit the children’s growth in a range of domains, being part of a big team of other educators, families and the wider community and attending to administrative tasks and reporting on each child’s development. There is also much, much more. If you like action in your day, then this could be what you are looking for.
SELC offers the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. The course has been customised to produce quality Early Childhood Educators. SELC students are highly knowledgeable and confident to care for children between the ages of 0-5 years. If you would like information on any of our courses, don’t hesitate to contact us or have a look at the SELC website.