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The 5 best careers working with children

by Craig Boyle
Posted: December 23, 2018

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Working with children is one of the most rewarding career fields in the world. Whether you’re helping a child with learning difficulties, leading a classroom or just helping children with their issues, the combination of challenge, variety and emotional payoff makes it an incredibly powerful career path.

Teaching is a great career route that allows you to educate children and prepare them for success in life. However, teaching isn’t the only great career you can do if you’d like to work with children. There are lots of other areas of a child’s life that you can assist with by studying a non-teaching qualification. 

However, with both teaching and non-teaching roles, you can make a real, lasting difference in children’s lives. Here are five of the best careers you can choose that involve working with children.

Family Day Care Educator

As a family day care educator, you’ll work with young children every day. Your role will include supervising children and providing stimulating activities that promote physical, social, emotional and intellectual development.

It’s a role that demands the ability to adapt to change. You’ll have to use your judgement and be able to relate well to children from a variety of backgrounds. If you can meet these challenges, however, you’ll be rewarded with a job that allows you to work around your own routine. Many family day care educators are self employed and work from home, providing their services to parents who work fulltime.

Being a family day care educator means no two days are the same. You’ll be providing an invaluable service for busy families, and will get to interact with and care for children on a daily basis in a career that is always in high demand. Get started today with a CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Studies.

Youth Worker

Youth work differs from an educative route, offering you the chance to intervene directly in young people’s lives and help them with difficult issues. You’ll act as a pillar of emotional support and plan and implement practical steps to helping young people.

As a youth worker, you’ll need to take initiative, work independently, create plans and demonstrate a compassionate nature. You will work with children to identify their needs and cooperate with government authorities to give them the assistance they need.

A youth worker enjoys one of the most demanding yet rewarding roles there is. You’ll be an invaluable supporter for children who may lack support elsewhere. To get started, you can begin studying a CHC40413 Certificate IV in Youth Work now.

Teacher’s Aide

A Teacher’s Aide provides an essential role in the classroom, helping children with their literacy and numeracy skills and creating a more holistic environment where all students can learn. Typically, you’ll work with children that have behavioural issues or special learning needs.

To do this job, you will need patience, understanding and the ability to communicate well with children. You’ll build skills around supervision and management of classroom activities to help complement these attributes.

A teacher’s aide provides the essential support that struggling children need. Without an aide, some children can be left behind in learning. If you want to help change that, study for a CHC30213 Certificate III in Education support now.


Becoming a teacher is often the end goal for many people studying education. Whether you teach in primary or high school, you’ll be in charge of leading a child’s education – guiding them through subjects and helping them achieve their goals.

As a teacher, you’ll need to build a wide variety of skills that go far beyond teaching your subjects. You’ll need to become a compassionate listener, a great planner and even a leader.

Even if you’ve missed out on higher levels of education, there are still pathways into teaching. You can get started by first studying a CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care and then using this to gain entry onto a formal teaching course such as a Bachelor of Education. 

Children’s Services Manager/Director

Studying a Diploma of Early Childhood Education has its own career pathways if you don’t wish to pursue university entry. The diploma can lead to a career as a Children’s services manager or director – a role which is more top-level and operational when compared with other jobs working with children. However, for the more managerial-minded, this is the perfect choice.

A Children’s Services Manager works in the childhood services sector, in facilities such as day care or preschool. In the role, you’ll direct the educators, build programs to help improve children’s development and ensure a rigid health and safety system is in place.

With a high level of authority and autonomy, this is a role ideal for those who either have management experience or would like to bring a more analytical or planning-focused mind to the childcare sector. To get started, you’ll need a CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

Do any of these careers seem interesting? Start building towards a career working with children by studying online with Open Colleges. Get in touch today to find out more. 


Craig Boyle

Originally from Newcastle upon Tyne in the UK, Craig worked for Open Colleges as a Copywriter. Craig's career passions include marketing, small business, tech, start-ups and leadership.

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