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    Question Childcare Traineeship wage? Advice needed Please!

    Hi All,

    I wasn't sure where to put this thread.

    I'm currently working at, and looking into, doing a traineeship in Childcare. Does anyone know roughly what the wage is for this? Would appreciate any info regarding this. Thanks heaps in advance!!!
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    Hey a friend of mine is doing a childcare traineeship and is getting $250 pw and she is 21... its not alot 1st year
    *Maybe if i cut the cord vails will lift from my eyes*

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    Its minimum wage first up. I was an 'untrained' child care worker, even though I had done 2 years of uni and was involved in one of the seemingly annual federal court procedings to raise the minimum wage. There is no way I would go back now with two children at home. When my first was born I did the sums and would have actually been worse off financially had I gone back to work and put my own child in care. This is just my story and was a few years ago.

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    I completed my traineeship in child care in 1999...I think, and there is one thing that you need to know, when you have completed it you are still classed as untrained. Until you go to uni to do a bachelor or you go to tafe and do the diploma then you are still untrained. It is stupid I know but that it the way it works. They may have changed it since then I don't know. I finished traineeship and went to tafe to do diploma, but due to personal circumstances I only got half way through and had to leave. Child care is unfortunately a very low paying job, especially if you are a 'trainee'.
    But if it is the path that you want to take then go for it! I would just like to warn you that there are alot of privately run centres that abuse the system and put on trainees for cheap labor, promising a job when you complete the certificate and then leave you with nothing. Try to get into a council run service then you know they HAVE to do everything by the books.
    Good luck!
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    I've worker in child care for more than 10 years now and all I can see is it's a very rewarding, hard work and low paying job. We do it for the love of the children not for the money. Try going on the NSW gov website and finding the award wage. We are under the Miscelance workers award wage.
    Good luck and I hope you have a great time working in the industry.
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    Thank you everyone for all your advice! It's definately something I know I'd love to do - even if the money is low, for us at the moment any extra money coming in is worth it!

    It's certainly given me more to think about! Thanks again!!
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    Beetlgrl - is your friend doing fulltime hours? 250pw isn't really a lot at all is it - esp if I have to put DD in childcare as well!
    I've been trying to look up the websites to get info, but can't find the traineeship wages...if anyone knows of the website or anything can you please let me know - Thanks!!

    Also as this is something I'm just looking at, I'm wondering if it's too late to find childcare placement for my DD?
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    here is the link for the award wages. I think, but don't quote me, you would be child care worker step 3. Not sure so ask your employer.

    http://www.industrialrelations.nsw.g...award_code=482

    I have also looked at the trainee and wages website but for child care it refered me back to the award wage page, so that should be it. When you start your traineeship you should be given what award you are on and all that kind of info.

    You might be lucky getting her DD into care, but most places have already been filled for the year. You could just try as many centres as possible.

    Good luck and pm me if you want any more advice
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    Thanks so much Karena! I'll definately PM you if I need anymore. This is a big step for me, especially as I've been out of the workforce for over 15 months AND I'm starting a new career!!! But my confidence is getting better and I know having a qualification in an area I love will be the best for our future. Thank you!!
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