IN THE next three years, about 50,000 childcare jobs will be created.
That's about 45 new childcare positions every day from now to 2017. In anyone's terms, it's a growing sector.
It's an important one too, since a growing childcare industry means increased demand for services, which must mean that more parents are working.
If more people are working, that means more jobs, which is always a good thing.
Before those 50,000 new jobs appear, there are major changes facing the childcare industry, which will have significant impacts on those working in the sector, as well as those who intend joining.
From January 1, all staff working in childcare centres will be required to hold, or be working towards, at least a Certificate III level qualification, with every centre also having to employ a four-year university-trained teacher.
While the changes will put pressure on staff to formalise their skills, it also makes the pathway to a career in childcare clearer, or at least it makes the start of the path easy to find.
Simply put, if you want to work in childcare, you must be qualified, or be working towards a recognised qualification.
Most TAFEs offer relevant Certificate III level programs, in areas including children's services, child studies, childcare education and education support, all of which are appropriate qualifications under the new framework.
Completing a Certificate III is generally expected to take one year, but can be done substantially faster, or slower, as individual's needs dictate.
For students in Queensland, the government's Certificate III Guarantee means the state will provide a subsidised training place in a Cert III in children's services or education support, provided certain eligibility requirements are met.
Assistant Education Minister Sussan Ley has highlighted the Federal Government's reforms that are intended to strengthen and further develop the industry.
"I remain concerned by reports from parents and services that the implementation of the National Quality Framework is causing."
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