Child Care Workers provide care and supervision for children in programs, such as long day care and occasional care, in childcare centres, hospitals and educational centres.

Also known as: Child Care Aide.

Specialisations: Child Care Group Leader, Children's Nursery Assistant, Creche Attendant, Early Childhood Worker.

A formal qualification in early childhood education and care (certificate iii or diploma) is needed to work as a Child Care Worker. These courses are often undertaken through a traineeship.

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.

All Child Carers

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

Child Care Workers

  • 96,300 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 49% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 40 hours Average full-time
  • 33 years Average age
  • 97% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Child Care Workers (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
from 80,500 in 2011 to 96,300 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very large occupation.
  • Location: Child Care Workers work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Health Care and Social Assistance; Education and Training; and Public Administration and Safety.
  • Full-time: Around half work full-time (49%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 40 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 33 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (25%).
  • Gender: 97% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business talks with employers who have tried to fill vacancies. Find out more in the latest report on Child Care Workers.

Employment Outlook

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Weekly Earnings

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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 Assistance66.8
Education and Training26.6
Public Administration and Safety2.9
Arts and Recreation Services1.3
Other Industries2.4

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateChild Care WorkersAll Jobs Average
NSW32.231.6
VIC26.825.6
QLD21.520.0
SA7.07.0
WA7.210.8
TAS1.82.0
NT1.01.0
ACT2.61.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketChild Care WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-196.0-5.05.0
20-2418.7-9.39.3
25-3428.6-22.922.9
35-4420.8-22.022.0
45-5416.3-21.621.6
55-595.5-9.09.0
60-643.0-6.06.0
65 and Over1.1-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, 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 QualificationChild Care WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate10.4-10.110.1
Bachelor degree11.3-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma35.2-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV27.3-21.121.1
Year 1210.5-18.118.1
Year 111.8-4.84.8
Year 10 and below3.6-12.512.5

A formal qualification in early childhood education and care (certificate iii or diploma) is needed to work as a Child Care Worker. These courses are often undertaken through a traineeship.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • working with children check
  • first aid certificate
  • CPR certificate
  • training in anaphylaxis and/or asthma management

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.
  • You might be interested in Community Services VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

Useful links and resources


The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

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

Filter Skills & Knowledge

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.

Occupational Information Network
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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.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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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?

Occupational Information Network
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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