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The Five Best Careers Working with Children

by Lisa Matlin
Posted: February 22, 2023

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Working with children can be incredibly rewarding and engaging, not to mention entertaining! If you’re passionate about nurturing and positively influencing young minds, why not turn it into a career? We’ve got plenty of options for you!

Whether you’re helping a child with learning difficulties or advocating for at-risk youth, the combination of challenge, variety and emotional payoff makes working with kids a popular career choice.

Here are five of the best careers that involve working with children.

Kindergarten Assistant

Kindergarten assistants work alongside a kindergarten teacher, delivering play-based learning experiences to children. In this diverse career, you might spend your afternoon finger painting with your students or even reading imaginative stories. You might even get to witness important milestones in a child’s life, like teaching them how to write their own name for the first time.

You will also care for babies and toddlers and support their development during the vitally important early childhood years. 

To become a qualified Kindergarten assistant, please enrol in the CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.


Family Day Care Educator

As a family day care educator, you will design, plan and implement education programs for children. Your role will include supervising children and providing stimulating activities that promote physical, social, emotional and intellectual development.

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 daily in a career that is always in high demand. Get started today with the CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

Children’s Case Manager

As a Children’s Case Manager, you will provide high quality support to vulnerable children and their families who need specialised assistance. This might include when a child or parent has a disability or mental illness. It may also include intervening on behalf of the child due to unsafe family environments.

You will most likely work for a government agency or welfare organization. You will assess the needs, develop and implement case management plans for individual clients, provide ongoing support, and facilitate family mediation, if needed.

A career as a Children’s Case Manager is extremely hands-on and rewarding. You’ll provide critical support to children and their families when they need it most.

Feel free to check out our CHC52015 - Diploma of Community Services and start your career journey towards a Case Manager today.


Home Tutor

Sometimes we all need a little extra help. This is why Home Tutors are invaluable. The focused attention on the student can really help empower them in a way that’s not possible in a busy classroom.

A Home Tutor can really help bring out the best in a struggling student. You can help them catch up on class, boost their performance, and also their confidence. The one-on-one interaction can be incredibly beneficial for the child, and for you! Tutoring is more than just teaching. You’re also providing mentorship and personal coaching in a convenient, low-pressure environment for a child who needs a bit of extra support.

The working hours are flexible, and the hourly rate can be attractive! Plus, if you don’t want to travel, there’s even the option of online tutoring from the comfort of your home.

What are you waiting for? Check out our CHC30213 - Certificate III in Education Support.

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 who have behavioural issues or special learning needs. You will most likely support teachers by preparing study materials, assist with lesson plans, and supervise students.

In this role, you’ll need patience, understanding, and the ability to communicate well with children. 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.


Lisa Matlin

Lisa Matlin is the Content and Copywriter Specialist for Open Colleges. She’s worked as a freelance writer, proofreader, and is signed to a literary agency as an author. When Lisa isn’t writing for OC, she’s probably reading, or patting other people’s dogs.

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