If you are interested in education and enjoy working with children, then you may want to consider a career as an Education Support Aide. The role itself requires a lot of hard work, but it can be extremely rewarding.
In this guide, you will find out more about a career as an Education Support Aide, from what your career outlook would be and what a typical day would involve, as well as some of the skills you will need.
What are your career prospects?
There is a need for Education Support Aides across Australia, at schools and special education centres. This makes it a good career to consider. According to Job Outlook, the number of Education Support Aides has rapidly grown over the last 5 years. This rise is expected to continue over the next 5 years too. In fact, predictions suggest that it could rise from 90,500 positions in 2018 to 109,300 by 2023. 85,000 new job openings could be available during this time, which is 17,000 job openings per year.
When you start as an Education Support Aide, you should expect earnings to be slightly below the national average, at around $1,094 per week ($56,888 per year) vs. the ‘all jobs’ average of $1,460 per week. However, as your experience grows, you can expect your salary to increase.
It’s important to note that most Education Support Aide’s (88%) work part-time, meaning there is flexibility in the role. This, therefore, makes it ideal for you if you want to be able to fit work around your other commitments, such as your family.
What does a typical day as an Education Support Aide look like?
As an Education Support Aide, no day will ever be the same, as you will work with different children, run different activities and face different challenges. You will also be required to carry out various tasks too, which will keep your work varied and interesting.
Here is just a small selection of some of the many tasks you may need to carry out daily:
- Assist teachers by supervising and participating in various group activities
- Assist children on an individual basis to aid their learning and development
- Observe children and collect data to aid in their future development and support
- Prepare both indoor and outdoor areas for learning
- Prepare appropriate teaching materials
- Maintain a safe and hygienic environment for children to learn in
- Monitor classroom supplies
- Comply with legislation, policies and all other set requirements
In this role, first and foremost, you need to enjoy working with children. You must have a lot of patience, as the children you will be working with will have physical disabilities, learning difficulties or behavioural issues. It’s important that you can, therefore, stay calm and continuously support them. You will also need to have good communication skills, so you can interact clearly and effectively with the children, on a one-to-one and group basis, as well as with teachers.
Is a career as an Education Support Aide right for you?
If you love working with children, are patient and want to find a career that is flexible and fulfilling, then an Education Support Aide could be the right fit for you. Whilst it can be challenging from time to time, you will be able to watch as the children’s skills and confidence grows, thanks to your help and support.
To become an Education Support Aide, you would typically need a certificate III or higher in education support. Get a step closer towards starting in your chosen career right now by enrolling in Open Colleges nationally recognised course, CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support.