Careers in Child Care
If you’re seeking a career in one of Australia’s fastest-growing industries where you can make a real difference to the lives of young people, then studying to become an Early Childhood Educator at Sage might be just what you are looking for. Sage students learn from highly experienced industry experts who will give you the confidence you need to succeed in a variety of exciting child care roles including working in day care centres, family day care, kindergartens, private nannying, before and after school care and further degree studies.
The Sage Child Care program offers the ideal mix of classroom theory and practical workplace experience to give you an instant start to your career in Early Childhood Education and Care. Choose the child care course that best suits your needs from the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care or the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.
Sage Child Care students undertaking the diploma course may be eligible for VET FEE-HELP. Call one of our Career Advisors today on 1300 991 991 to find out more!
Get a head start at Sage with our Career Agents and Careers Website
Sage Institute of Child Care supports you to gain employment in the child care industry through our talented Career Agents, Jobs Board and the job search website, My Career in Child Care.
We use our extensive network of industry contacts and partners to help prepare our graduates for employment straight after completing their child care qualification.
Access a range of career opportunities
So what fabulous career options can Sage Child Care graduates expect? As a professional Child Care Educator, the world is your oyster – there are so many roles to choose from! Here is just a sample of the career choices out there just waiting for you:
For new diploma graduates, working as a Kindergarten Assistant is a great start to your new career. You can obtain further experience working in the early childhood education sector in a structured environment and under the guidance of a room leader or qualified teacher.
Early Childhood Educator
An Early Childhood Educator can work in a variety of early childhood education and care services such as long day care, occasional care or pre-school. Early Childhood Educators are responsible for designing and implementing the educational program and looking after the social, emotional, physical and educational needs of infants and young children in their care.
Family Day Care (FDC) Educator
FDC Educators provide care and education to children within the comfort of their own homes. FDC professionals are responsible for developing and implementing the educational program for a small group of children in their care. This option can also provide flexible working hours tailored to your needs and the needs of the client families.
Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) Educator / Assistant
OSHC programs enable flexible working hours delivering a care and education program to school age children before and after school hours. You will be involved in planning and implementing fun and innovative activities for the children in the program, under the guidance of an OSHC Co-ordinator or Manager.
But your career doesn’t start and end when you enter the workforce. With some work experience in addition to your child care diploma or certificate, you have many other options for more advanced career progression such as:
Room Leader – long day care
As a Room Leader, you are responsible for developing the educational program for your group of long day care children. This role allows you to develop your leadership and management skills as you are responsible for assistants in the room and the delivery of the educational program. The working hours are generally set shifts between the hours of 6.30 am and 6.30 pm.
Centre Manager / FDC Co-ordinator / Outside School Hours Care (OHSC) Co-ordinator
As the Centre Manager or FDC / OHSC Co-ordinator, you are responsible for the day to day operation of the child care service, whether it be a kindergarten, long day care, FDC, OHSC or another type of child care service. Using your experience in the industry, you lead and supervise staff and ensure compliance with the National Quality Framework and other regulatory and national standards. As the Manager / Co-ordinator you also gain valuable financial skills including managing the accounts and creating and working within budgets.
A pathway to higher education with a degree qualification
A Sage Child Care diploma provides a solid foundation for further study. A degree qualification can open doors to be a teacher at kindergarten or primary school, or for becoming a specialist teacher aide. Many graduates use their diploma qualification to gain valuable credits towards completion of their degree. In addition, you can work during your higher education studies – earning you valuable extra experience and enabling you to support yourself financially.
Your fantastic career in child care is only a phone call away. Call now on 1300 991 991 to speak to one of our friendly Career Advisors about becoming an Early Childhood Educator and discuss the best course options for you.
Sage Institute of Child Care – it’s more than a job, it’s a rewarding career.