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What You Need To Know About Working In Child Care

by Yvette McKenzie
Posted: July 28, 2015

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Open Colleges interviewed child care experts and students to find out what they think and know about working in the industry.

Has someone told you that they think you should work in child care, but you’re unsure? Perhaps you have little or no experience in the industry but feel you can really make a difference? The truth is, if you believe you have something to offer, you should take the next step.

The child care industry is always looking for talented and passionate professionals who see duty of care as a calling, not an occupation. Perhaps you are a mother who wants to use your skills and life experiences to benefit others, or maybe you are looking to make your first career leap into helping other young people to reach their potential.

When looking to enter any career it is beneficial to speak to those who know that profession best, the people currently working in it. People like Kathy Walker, Founding Director of The Walker Learning Approach & Early Life Foundations has made children her life, both as a mother and as a career professional. She really does believe that children are the future and is happy to share her experience with those interested in making the positive change she did.

In discovering a path to better understand what children need to grow, coupled with her passion to improve lives; Joanna O’Brien, Owner/Director of a the Platinum Preschool has become a leader in her chosen field. By sharing her story Joanna hope to encourage others to make that career change and offer tips on how to save yourself sometime during those initial investigations.

There are many stories like Kathy’s and Joanna’s available to you, each with their own hints and tips on getting into the industry. Getting the information and insight you need to make a change into childcare isn’t easy, but by giving to access to real-life stories you will be able to make the right decision for you, safe in the knowledge that someone has already successfully made that change before.

Hear what educators working in the child care sector have to say about one of the most rewarding professions, in this series of interviews with child care experts.



Yvette has over a decade of professional experience at some of Australia’s largest media corporations, including Southern Cross Austereo and the Macquarie Media Network. With a degree in Communications (majoring in Journalism), she covers stories on education, new knowledge technologies and independent learning.

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