Learn to work with chil­dren

Pilbara News - - Education - Ellen Kay Ellen Kay is a Kar­ratha-based In­dus­try Train­ing Con­sul­tant with Ap­pren­tice­ship Sup­port Aus­tralia, a Statewide Aus­tralian Ap­pren­tice­ship Sup­port Net­work Provider. If you have any ques­tions about ap­pren­tice­ships, trainee­ships and train­ing op­tions

Child­care ser­vices are in de­mand more than ever and the re­cent State Gov­ern­ment changes to ed­u­ca­tor-to-child ra­tio re­quire­ments means chil­dren’s ser­vices is one of the lead­ing ca­reer path­ways in WA.

Un­der the Na­tional Qual­ity Frame­work, the ed­u­ca­tor-to-child ra­tio has de­creased, mean­ing more ed­u­ca­tors need to be trained to keep up with the in­crease in de­mand.

To be con­sid­ered an ed­u­ca­tor for ra­tio pur­poses, in­di­vid­u­als must have, or be ac­tively work­ing to­wards, an ap­proved cer­tifi­cate, diploma or early child­hood teach­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

Trainee­ship path­ways are the per­fect ve­hi­cle to pro­vide the qual­i­fi­ca­tions child­care pro­fes­sion­als re­quire.

New­man Day Care is start­ing to see an in­crease in de­mand for child care since re­ceiv­ing an Ex­ceeds Na­tional Qual­ity Stan­dards rat­ing from the Ed­u­ca­tion and Care Reg­u­la­tory Unit, ac­cord­ing to di­rec­tor Karen Ho­gan.

“We no­ticed a small drop in num­bers this year, how­ever, with the lead-up to Christ­mas, num­bers are pick­ing up again,” she said.

New­man Day Care em­ployee Rachael Ed­wards re­cently com­pleted her trainee­ship in Early Child­hood Ed­u­ca­tion and Care and rec­om­mends com­plet­ing the qual­i­fi­ca­tion through a trainee­ship path­way.

“Through the trainee­ship path­way, I was of­fered so much sup­port and I was able to lear n on the job, which is a great way to learn”, she said.

To find out if you are suited to the child­care in­dus­try, register at Skill­sroad.com.au and com­plete the Skill­sroad Ca­reer Quiz.

Ap­pren­tice­ship Sup­port Aus­tralia is proud to play a key role in the Port Hed­land and New­man com­mu­nity to en­sure ap­pren­tices, trainees and their em­ploy­ers re­ceive pre­mium sup­port ser­vices.

Pic­ture: CCI WA

New­man Day Care em­ployee Rachel Ed­wards.

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