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Have you completed, or are about to complete, your Year 10 or 12 studies? If so, you're probably already thinking about life beyond school.

A career in early childhood Adobe PDF document250K is an opportunity to help children develop numeracy, literacy, physical and social skills - and give them the best start in life.

As a school leaver, you'll be given the chance to unleash your passion for working with young children, learn new skills and improve your future employment prospects to help you advance in the profession.

To work in an early childhood service you need to hold or be studying towards an approved early childhood education and care qualification External Link at certificate III, diploma, bachelor degree or higher level.

In many jobs, you can work and start earning while you are still studying towards your approved qualification, and approved qualifications are recognised anywhere in Australia.

If you're still at school, you can prepare for your early childhood career through a school-based vocational education and training program External Link.

As a Year 12 graduate, you can study your approved certificate III or diploma level qualification in early childhood education and care fee-free External Link, and apprenticeship and traineeship External Link options are available.

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This page was last reviewed on 16 Sep 2015

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Early childhood educator - Billi-Jean Armstrong

Billi-Jean Armstrong

"While still studying, I started with Mt Isa Day Nursery and Kindergarten as a shy 17-year-old... Three years later, I am a group leader working with 16 children aged two to three."

"We have a good mix of Indigenous and non-Indigenous children. It's a very diverse centre - the teachers as well. I work with a team of great educators."

Read more of Billi-Jean's story Adobe PDF document271K

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