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What does an Early Childhood Educator do? – Stanley College

There are so many questions that arise when you think about Early Childhood Educators. Especially the question, what is it like to be an Early Childhood Educator? This article is packed with insights into Early Childhood Education and what the job is really like. You’ll learn about the different types of early childhood education jobs, what kind of hours they work, what salary ranges you can expect, and the required qualifications.

Where can I work as an Early Childhood Educator?


An Early Childhood Educator is someone who can conquer daily challenges with patience and compassion. They work closely together to create a warm environment for children, their families, and team members; this career path offers many opportunities that will leave you feeling fulfilled!

What tasks and duties can I expect?


Full-time Early Childhood Educators spend around 41 hours per week at work.*

  • Supervising and engaging children in age-appropriate activities.
  • Assisting in recording information about children’s development, behaviour, and progress and communicating this to their parents, carers, and other professionals involved in the child’s life.
  • Maintaining a clean, healthy and educational environment for children to play and learn.

*Employment Snapshot–Labour Market Insights

What can I earn as an Early Childhood Educator?


In Australia, 130 800 people work in the Early Childhood Education sector. The number of children and families using these services is on an upward trend which means there’s more demand for qualified professionals; accordingly, the job market will thrive over five years with many new positions available. Besides, due to the staff shortage of qualified educators over the past few years, many employers are now accepting students who have done over 50% of their courses. This means you get employed, with a good salary before finishing the course.

According to, Early Childhood Educator roles in Australia were typically advertised between $50k and $60k over the last three months. (, April 2022).

*Employment Snapshot–Labour Market Insights

How to become an Early Childhood Educator


To become an Early Childhood Educator in Australia, you will need first to obtain the required VET qualifications and succeed in a job interview. The minimum requirement is either holding a CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care or a CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. A Certificate III is usually a prerequisite to entering a Diploma program.

Additionally, to work in an early childhood setting you will need a police clearance and a Working with Children Check. First Aid is part of the course and a requirement to get qualified.

The field of early childhood is rich with opportunities. Educators can gain additional qualifications to become an ECE teacher, and qualified Diploma educators with industry experience can become services managers or open their own services.

You may be able to study at lower fees


There are government-funded programs that allow you to earn your qualification in Early Childhood Education by paying a low fee. Courses currently available under these initiatives include the CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

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Enrol at Stanley College

With our qualifications, you will be able to work anywhere in Australia with children aged 0 to 5 years old. You’ll gain invaluable experience that will stay with you for life and make a lasting impact on the next generation. Besides, we have an excellent Creche Work-Based Training Program whereby students can do work-based training at our Mirrabooka Creche before they do work-based training at a registered ECE. This provides comprehensive preparation for the skills needed to succeed in a registered centre. Most of our students are offered a job by their host employers, as they are better prepared than other student trainees from other schools.

Enrol now and start your journey towards an exciting career in Early Childhood Education! To learn more about our Early Childhood Education courses and requirements please click here or talk to one of our friendly Recruitment Team Members.

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