yep we child care workers are not well paid at all
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26-03-2014 16:27 #11
26-03-2014 16:33 #12Member
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Back in 2010, i earned $18.82 an hour and was studying my cert 3. There was an older lady in her 40's who was doing a traineeship at the same time and was on $8 something an hour.
26-03-2014 16:59 #13
I have my diploma and when I was took leading I was on 26 an hour & that was considered "well paid" compared to many!
The pay is terrible!
26-03-2014 17:12 #14
Childcare workers get paid peanuts for the amount of work they are required to do, especially the paperwork which is more often than not in their own time!
26-03-2014 18:22 #15
I worked in the childcare industry for 4.5 years before I packed it in. The pay is nothing special, workplaces full of women are usually incredibly b***hy, most parents treat you like a babysitter not an educator, and some of the kids have disgusting behavior that you can do next to nothing about. I ended up dreading going to work everyday, you need to have a real passion for children and thick skin. I love kids and have chosen to study speech pathology and specialize in pediatrics but you couldn't pay me any amount of money to go back to the childcare industry. I know that sounds horrible and it is only my opinion of my experience. Good luck with whatever you choose to do =)
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26-03-2014 19:10 #16
I work in Childcare. I was on $16 something while I was on my traineeship. When the 12 months was over it went up to $19 then $20. After finishing my cert 3 it went up to $24 an hour. It is shocking considering the work that goes into teaching children however I wouldn't mind so much if I wasn't paying Childcare fees as well :/ looking forward to the day my kids are in school and I can bring home a full pay lol
26-03-2014 20:05 #17
The pay is pretty rubbish, tbh. My best friend who has 20 years experience & a 4 year uni degree is on $30 p/h (her centre pays above award). I work in home based care, have 20+ years experience & earn $27 p/h. And, I have to fight for every cent. If you're looking to make $, then pick a different industry. It's really tough unless you're university trained & even then the pay does not reflect the level of responsibility & hard work. It's also a very physically demanding job. Good luck.
26-03-2014 20:15 #18
Another person who worked in childcare. I stopped because of my chronic illness. I did casual work so for me being 1st year diploma qualified I was paid approx $19.25/hr. I got more working for C&K Kindergarten centres as they pay well above award wages.
I found that the paperwork id have to do took away my time from enjoying the kids. I did Nanny work 3 days per week and charged $20/hr. I didn't mind that work but it got a bit lonely and I found it a bit weird having the mum work from home to. I craved having more kids to look after and talking to other staff.
I did it at the time because I do love kids, esp babies, but now I wouldn't go back full time. I'd stay casual as less paperwork to do when just working a day here or there.
26-03-2014 20:32 #19
Childcare only pays well on casual rates. Its not an industry you get in to for the money. My full time rate was around $19 and hr with a cert 3. Its really only financially viable if you have a teaching degree from uni.
26-03-2014 20:48 #20
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