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Child Care Worker

Find out how to become a child care worker in the education sector. Discover information on salary, growth, stability and occupational expectations.

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The current average salary of an Child Care Worker is $38,700 - $53,620 annually


Child care workers provide care and supervision for children, either in a centre or in their residential home. Employment for this role is expected to grow very strongly to 2022, from 142,200 workers in 2017 to 168,000 by 2022. 168,000 job openings are expected over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

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Key skills

Child care workers must exhibit high levels of empathy, patience, and understanding of child psychology and behaviour.

  • High patience levels for dealing with children and possible behavioural difficulties
  • Good persuasion skills for getting children to follow instructions
  • A high level of creativity for developing fun activities and tasks for children to engage in
  • Ability to foster caring, trusting relationships
  • A quick problem solver in the case of critical situations
  • Observant and good at multi-tasking

Quick facts

Most child care workers in the Education sector are found in the health care and social assistance field. Here are a few key facts on the role of a child care worker.

  • Average Hours Worked
    35.9 full-time hours per week vs. all jobs average of 40 hours
  • Main Industries
    Health care and social assistance; education and training; and other services
  • Average qualification level
    29.9% Advanced Diploma/Diploma

* All information on this page has been complied using figures from and the Australian Government's - all figures are indications only, and are accurate at time of publication. Please do your own research before selecting a course or career.

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