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Early Childhood Assistant

An Early Childhood Assistant works with children to help with their natural development and interactions with others. This role requires the development of various programs to aid in this development. It is a varied role, and extremely rewarding.


Average wage for

Employment Levels

There are currently around 26,200 people employed as Early Childhood Assistants in Australia. According to the Department of Employment, there will be roughly 29,300 people within the profession by 2018.

Employment by State

45% of Australia's Early Childhood Assistants are employed within New South Wales. Tasmania has the lowest number of Early Childhood Assistants, with only 1.4%.

Gender Split

This is an extremely female dominated industry with 98.3% of Early Childhood Assistants being women and only 1.7% male.

Age Brackets

The most popular age for people within this job is 25-34 years old, with 27.7%. A small percentage (0.2%) of people get into this career path younger, from 15-19 years old. Around 1.4% of people are still working in this job at 65 and over.

Hours Worked

Early Childhood Assistants work an average of 37.6 hours a week which is 3.5 hours less than the average for all occupations.

Education Level

The majority of workers employed in this profession have a Bachelor qualification (49.2%) or postgraduate level qualification (21.6%). 94.6% have a Certificate III or higher, whilst 5.5% have a qualification which is Year 12 or lower.

Early Childhood Assistant Duties & Tasks

  • Supervise children at all times
  • Design and implement programs to help in the children’s natural development
  • Encourage interaction with other children
  • Observe children to see what activities work well in their individual development



*The information provided on this page is from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website. All salary ranges are from Payscale. Where jobs are not exact matches, job areas have been used. This information is to be used as a guide only.