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Children’s Education and Care IRC

Work in this sector is focused on younger people, usually aged under 18.

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Children’s Education and Care Industry Reference Committee (IRC), has completed a project to update the Qualifications and associated skills sets and Units of Competency which cater to this sector. This update continued from previous work in response to the 2015 Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) Strategic Review, Training for early childhood education and care in Australia and was finalised in 2021.

Early Childhood Education and Care

Population growth is increasing demand for early childhood education and care (ECEC).

  • The number of children in childcare increased by 20 percent in the four years to 2012
  • By 2031 there will be 2.2 million children under five years of age in Australia. By 2051, there will be 2.6 million.
  • Meeting the demand is already a challenge. Childcare workers were the only VET-qualified community services workers on the latest skills shortage list. Diploma-qualified childcare workers were in the shortest supply.

    Regulations and the National Quality Framework (NQF), introduced in 2012, require providers to have workers with a mix of qualifications. Between 2010 and 2013 the proportion of workers with an ECEC-related qualification increased from 69.8 to 82 percent.

    Occupations

    Occupations in the sector include:

    Early childhood educator: Provides early childhood education and care services in a range of settings.

    Outside school hours care worker: Conducts vacation programs as well as before and after-school care activities for school age children.

    Education assistant: Provides assistance and support to teachers and students in settings like schools or community education programs.

    Qualifications

    The current VET qualifications that cater to this sector are:

    • CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
    • CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
    • CHC40213 Certificate IV in School Age Education and Care (this qualification is unchanged)
    • CHC50221 Diploma of School Age Education and Care
    • CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support
    • CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support.
    • Links to view and download the content for each of these qualifications may be found in our Training Packages section.

      Children’s Education and Care IRC Industry Skills Forecasts

      CLICK HERE to download the 2017 Children’s Education and Care IRC Industry Skills Forecast.

      CLICK HERE to download the 2018 Children’s Education and Care IRC Industry Skills Forecast.

      CLICK HERE to download the 2019 Children’s Education and Care IRC Industry Skills Forecast.

      CLICK HERE to download the 2020 Children’s Education and Care IRC Industry Skills Forecast Update.