Out of School Hours Care Workers provide care for school age children in an out of school hours care program.

    You can work as an Out of School Hours Care Worker without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in school age education and care might be helpful.

    Tasks

    • Assists in the preparation of materials and equipment for children's education and recreational activities.
    • Manages children's behaviour and guides children's social development.
    • Prepares and conducts activities for children.
    • Entertains children by reading and playing games.
    • Supervises children in recreational activities.
    • Supervises the daily routine of children.
    • Supervises the hygiene of children.

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    All Child Carers

    • $953 Weekly Pay
    • Very strong Future Growth
    • Average unemployment Unemployment

    Out of School Hours Care Workers

    • 8,600 workers Employment Size
    • Lower skill Skill level rating
    • 11% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 42 hours Average full-time
    • 24 years Average age
    • 79% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Out of School Hours Care Workers (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
    from 5,300 in 2011 to 8,600 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a small occupation.
    • Location: Out of School Hours Care Workers work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Health Care and Social Assistance; Education and Training; and Other Services.
    • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (11%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 24 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (53%).
    • Gender: 79% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Health Care and Social Assistance62.0
    Education and Training32.8
    Other Services2.4
    Public Administration and Safety1.0
    Other Industries1.8

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateOut of School Hours Care WorkersAll Jobs Average
    NSW37.331.6
    VIC20.425.6
    QLD20.720.0
    SA9.17.0
    WA6.410.8
    TAS0.82.0
    NT1.11.0
    ACT4.31.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketOut of School Hours Care WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-1914.7-5.05.0
    20-2438.6-9.39.3
    25-3418.8-22.922.9
    35-4410.0-22.022.0
    45-549.0-21.621.6
    55-594.5-9.09.0
    60-643.0-6.06.0
    65 and Over1.5-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationOut of School Hours Care WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate5.3-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree13.1-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma17.0-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV17.0-21.121.1
    Year 1241.1-18.118.1
    Year 112.4-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below4.2-12.512.5

    You can work as an Out of School Hours Care Worker without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in school age education and care might be helpful.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • working with children check
    • first aid certificate

    Thinking about study or training?

    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
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    Useful links and resources


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    Employers look for Child Carers who are caring, compassionate, empathetic, and interact well with others.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Customer and Personal Service

      55% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    2. Education and Training

      44% Skill level

      Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

    3. Psychology

      42% Skill level

      Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

    4. Clerical

      37% Skill level

      Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

    5. English Language

      33% Skill level

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Work With Work Group or Team

      97% Important

      How important is it to work with others in a group or team?

    2. Contact With Others

      92% Important

      How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

    3. Face-to-Face Discussions

      92% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

    4. Physical Proximity

      91% Important

      How physically close are you to other people?

    5. Indoors, Heat Controlled

      85% Important

      How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

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    O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 39-9011.00 - Childcare Workers.

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