How to become a Early Childhood Educator

Early childhood educators care for the social, emotional, physical and educational needs of infants and young children in various care settings.

Personal requirements of a Early Childhood Educator

  • Alert, observant and active
  • Able to use judgment and initiative
  • Willing to accept responsibility
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Able to relate well to children and their parents
  • Patient
  • Able to lift children and equipment

Education & Training for a Early Childhood Educator

To become an early childhood educator you usually have to complete a VET qualification. Applicants may be required to attend an interview. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become an early childhood educator through an apprenticeship or traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For further details, visit

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

very strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 1.2%

NSW 32.4%

NT 1.8%

QLD 23.3%

SA 4%

TAS 1.9%

VIC 20.4%

WA 15%

Hours worked:



below average

Gender split:

Male 13.1%

Female 86.8%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 0%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 8.4%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 26.9%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 44.3%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 20.4%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 29.8%

Above 35 years: 70.2%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

Additional Information
To work in child care, you need to obtain a Working with Children Check or undergo a related assessment. A National Police Certificate may also be required. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. You must also hold an approved Provide First Aid Certificate and have completed training in anaphylaxis management and emergency asthma management. Contact the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority for more information.
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