Children's Services

Working with children is one of the most rewarding careers there is – and the demand for talented, passionate people has never been greater.

The educational programs and activities that childcare educators provide not only help children transition to school but become a vital and on-going influence in their future development.

Whether you are a childcare educator, a nanny, or the busy director of a children’s services centre, TAFE NSW can provide you with the nationally accredited qualifications you need and comprehensive recognition services to validate your existing skills and reduce the time it takes to get qualified.

A look at the facts...

  • In 2014 alone, children’s services will generate $7.8 billion in revenue and this is projected to grow to over $9 billion by 2018-19.
  • Over the next five years, the population of children aged 10 and under will increase which will have a positive effect on demand for child care services.
  • Under new national regulations, the minimum qualification to work in long day care is the Certificate III in Children’s Services and at least half the staff in a given centre must hold a diploma.

(Source: IBIS World;

A career in children's services

Possible job roles include:

  • child development worker
  • child care centre manager
  • child care centre supervisor
  • child care educator
  • early childhood director
  • early childhood teacher
  • family day care educator
  • group or team leader
  • nanny
  • program leader/coordinator
  • special needs worker

Study and career pathways

There is more than one pathway to a successful career, and it may not always be in a straight line.

Our Counselling and Career Services will give you some idea of how the different qualifications fit together and what they mean in the industry.