It's never been a better time for people considering a career change to move into early childhood education and care.
There are more than 2,700 early childhood services operating across Queensland employing around 32,000 people, and demand for qualified educators is rising.
Providing high-quality education through play is rewarding work. Career changers bring valuable life experience, meaning they are well-placed to help children to develop literacy, numeracy, physical, social and cognitive skills, as well as helping them find their place in the world.
A career in early childhood is rewarding, challenging and fulfilling, whether you are working directly with children or in leadership and management roles.
To work in an early childhood service you need to hold or be studying towards an approved early childhood education and care qualification at certificate III, diploma, bachelor degree or higher level.
In many jobs, you can work while you are still studying towards your approved qualification, and approved qualifications are recognised anywhere in Australia.
Certificate III level educators generally work directly with children supporting delivery of the educational program. This may be providing in-home care as a family day care educator or working as an assistant in a centre-based service.
Holding an approved diploma enables you to take on varied roles such as:
Early childhood teachers are required to hold or be studying towards an approved bachelor level qualification. All long day care and kindergarten services need to employ, or be able to access, an early childhood teacher.
If you are a registered primary teacher, you can be employed as an early childhood teacher as soon as you start studying an approved diploma or higher level early childhood qualification. The Early Childhood Teacher Bridging Program is available to help you acquire an approved qualification by recognising the skills and knowledge you gained while teaching.
So, if you're passionate about working with young children, and have what it takes to become an inspiring early childhood educator, there is a bright future for you in early childhood 250K.
This page was last reviewed on 16 Sep 2015
Early childhood advisor for children with additional needs - Miranda Slape
"There is great satisfaction seeing a child with additional needs participate more effectively - whether that's by adapting the program or environment, a parenting course or a social skills program."
"I've seen first-hand improved behaviour from children and enriched relationships between a mother and her child which have resulted in long-term benefits for some families."