If you have wanted to work with children, there is no time better than the present to get qualified. Child care educators have been flagged as an occupation currently in short supply nationally, with anticipated strong future demand likely to add to the shortage according to the Australian Government’s National Skills Commission latest Skills Priority List.

The report shared shortages in metropolitan and regional areas. Overall, the National Skills Commission concluded that child care work as an occupation would remain in strong demand for the foreseeable future. To review the National Skills Commission report please click here.

In fact, the demand for qualified child care educators is estimated to grow to more than 30,000 new jobs in the sector are projected to open up in the next five years, bringing the projected child care workers to over 180,000 in the next half decade. With further training, it even offers opportunities for child care educators to transition into a career in early learning and teaching.

Australia’s growing population would also warrant more demand for child care centres and thus, more childcare educators would be needed to match the demand. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australia’s population is projected to reach 28.3 and 29.3 million people by 2027. (source: abs.gov.au)

Moreover, the Victorian Government recently funded 3-year old kindergartens in 36 kindergarten services across six regional local government areas in Victoria. The full programme will be rolled out over a decade and will ensure that an extra year of learning will be added to children’s play-based education in Victoria.

In the last 12 months MCIE has delivered the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care and helped over 600 qualified childcare educators to enter the industry.

Ready to enter the childcare industry?

If you are thinking about a career in child care, then MCIE offers funded Certificate III and Diploma courses in Early Childhood Education and Care to eligible participants. The first step is a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. This course provides the foundational knowledge upon which to build your career and gain entry into the sector.

The next step up is a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. This program develops a greater depth of knowledge and skill to be a successful leader in the industry. And if you want to take it further, MCIE has an ECEC Pathway option for Diploma graduates to the Victoria University Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education). The Diploma of ECEC means you gain direct entry into the second year of the bachelor’s degree.

If this sounds like you, then get in touch with one of our course consultants to learn more about our Certificate III or Diploma courses in ECEC. Have a chat and prepare to take your next steps for a career in the early childhood sector. Call us on 1300 737 004 ( Monday-Saturday from 9:00AM- 5:00PM)

Melbourne City Institute of Education (MCIE) is a vibrant and innovative registered training organisation, which offers a range of courses in Melbourne to help students to fulfil their career goals.

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