Certificate III in Early Childcare Education and Care: 4 Jobs you’ll be Qualified for

By South West Training Services
Posted 17 Nov 2020

Interested in pursuing early childcare education and care as a career but not sure where to start or where certain qualifications will get you? Our Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care course is the ultimate childcare course to get started with – giving you the skills and knowledge you’ll need to take on a range of jobs whether they’re professional career paths or casual jobs. Let’s take a look at four of the jobs you’ll be qualified for upon completing a Cert III.


1.     Early Childhood Education and Care/Kindergarten educator

Because the early childcare education and care sector encompasses children ranging from ages 0 – 6, one of the main profession’s that will come to mind when considering such a course will be an Early Childhood Education and Care/kindergarten educator. As an educator, you will be responsible for laying the foundations for the child’s developmental growth of skills and knowledge, social skills, physical activity and personal hygiene – preparing them for each stage of their development and the integration into the next phase of their educational journey – schooling.

Other skills will be explored as well, such as basic reading, art and music. Above all else, however, a strong emphasis will be applied to meeting the needs of the child as an individual. As a childcare educator you will be a valuable partner to the planning of the program and knowing what the children need at their individual cognitive and developmental stage.


2.     Nanny

Whilst you may have occasionally looked after your neighbour’s children in your late teens, completing a cert III course will officially qualify you to perform the job on a professional level. Some might think of a nanny as someone who takes odd jobs here and there or as a casual position done in between other things. Whilst this can be the case, it is also a respected career path that qualifying from our childcare course will prepare you for.

The typical requirements of a nanny involve looking after a child (or children) within their home, tending to their individual needs and ensuring they’re occupied in an educational way throughout the day. Preparing nutritional meals, for example, may be one of the required duties depending on the duration of the care.


3.     OSHC (Outside of School Hours Care)

OSHC is for primary school students aged 5 – 12 years and provides them with education and care outside of normal school hours. This could mean before school, after school or even during the holiday period. Sometimes there are no guardians around to look after a child and so these environments can provide an alternate and welcome solution. Sometimes OSHC facilities are located within primary schools but they can also be external institutions.

In a way, it’s a further extension of early childhood education and care/kindergarten in that it encourages children to develop new social skills and perhaps build friendships with others in an environment that isn’t school, in addition to enjoying leisurely activities. Teaching children how to develop social skills and further grow them is something that you will learn in our online childcare course so you’re prepared for all the possible employment opportunities you’ll be eligible for.


4.     Family day care educator

A family day care educator is an early childhood education and care professional who operates within their home or an approved venue and offers a personal and boutique style of education and skill development. The groups are usually quite small which helps the educator apply a more tailored curriculum to each child individually.

This is different from kindergarten or normal day care settings which generally tend to feature larger groups of children that follow a slightly more regimented and planned approach to learning. Family day care educators tend to concentrate on a more natural approach to learning and education, allowing the child’s curiosity to drive the discovery of new skills.


Are you looking to study a childcare course online?

Studying a Certificate III of Early Childhood Education and Care can lead to several strong job opportunities and extensive careers where you’ll be able to do what you love in a safe and nurturing environment. If you’re going to study your cert III childcare course online, then why not consider South West Training Services?

Our trainers and staff are fully qualified and passionate about training the next generation of early childcare educators. You’ll be given all the skills necessary to succeed in your new career path as well as experience invaluable hands-on placement opportunities which will give you an authentic feel and skills set of the sort of tasks you’ll be handling on a daily basis.

Applications are now open for 2021 enrolment. So, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us by filling out our online form or by calling (03) 9748 9233.