Not how you expected this to start, was it?
However, it IS for a LOT of people. There are over 160,000 people currently employed in the childcare industry in Australia.
Furthermore, in the current climate, you could be entering one of the safest and fasting growing industries in Australia.
If you have some (or all) of the following attributes, you could be missing your calling…
Good communication skills
This skill applies to two very different groups of people; the children you work with, and their parents and families. There are many schools of thought when communicating with children; it is up to you to combine your personality with the method of communication that works best for the children in your care – you’ll learn how to do this when studying and during your placement.
The other end of the scale is communicating with the parents and families of these children. Two-way communication is very important as you have been entrusted with the wellbeing of their child(ren). Sincerity and honesty are key here; this will open the pathways of communication and parents will feel comfortable when confiding in you about their child.
Gaining that trust and respect is highly satisfying and will help you grow as a person.
Thinking ‘on the fly’
Children have a lot of energy and will often scupper any pre-planned activities you may have in store. Some will engage straight away, some will not. Thinking ‘on the fly’ will allow you to assess the situation and provide different learning experiences for children that don’t engage in a specific activity.
This is a skill that you will develop, and most certainly use in all aspects of your life.
Patience, Patience, Patience.
Children can be unpredictable, and their little inquisitive minds often take them ‘off the beaten path’ of learning and of the task at hand. Patience will help you through these situations, to ensure they meet their learning goals and continue to develop.
These little wins are so rewarding and gratifying.
A nurturing character
The best childcare educators have this in abundance. This allows them to have empathy and investment in a child’s development, and ensures they act in the best interests of them. Parents can sense this as they observe how an educator interacts with their child, and how they feed back information to them at the end of the day.
Creating these bonds with the children and their families provides a huge sense of accomplishment for educators.
If you tick any, or all, of these boxes, maybe childcare IS the industry for you.
What do I do next?
Give us a call! We are here to guide you and help you.
We have information and enrolment sessions all over Victoria, where you can find out more about the course, your trainer, and the industry itself.
If it’s not for you, that’s fine – at least you gave it a go, and hopefully we can help you realise what pathway you DO want to follow.
If it IS for you, then you’re about to embark on an exciting new adventure!
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Tel: 1300 368 883
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