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Early childhood is vital

Early childhood education: development not daycare


Some of the most important learning occurs in our first few years. It occurs as the brain is developing the functional capacity for speech, coordination, emotions, and the many different skills that allow us to make sense of our world.

It’s challenging, it requires patience and it’s an incredibly important role. But there are many great reasons to choose early childhood as a career. Here are our top five:

1. An in-demand career

According to the Department of Employment, job openings in early childhood have risen strongly in the past five years, and employment to 2020 is expected to grow very strongly. Most of this is due to Generation Alpha – the nation’s second baby boom.

2. Milestone moments

The human brain actually grows the most during a child’s first three years. Young children need proper stimulation to begin developing important real-world skills like problem solving. As an early childhood educator, you can help them grow and reach these important milestones.

Early childhood educators are in demand

3. Creativity

Much of the learning process during the first five years takes place during hands-on activities. Using blocks, toys, sand and water you’ll be helping them learn shape, texture, colours, numbers and elements.

4. Push for educational changes

If you’re passionate about change, studying and working in early childhood education may be the right path for you. Make a direct change, whether it’s working in a non-profit preschool, or maybe even starting your own centre.

5. Become an important community member

There’s more to this career then playing with kids all day. You’ll also interact with their parents and various community members who can help connect you to important educational resources.

So, what are you waiting for? Discover early childhood education at ACU.

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Impact brings you compelling stories, inspiring research, and big ideas from ACU. It's about the impact we’re having on our communities, and our Mission in action. It’s a practical resource for career, life and study.

At ACU it’s education, but not as you know it. We stand up for people in need, and causes that matter.

If you have a story idea or just want to say hello, do contact us.

Copyright @ Australian Catholic University 1998-2018 | ABN 15 050 192 660 CRICOS Reg: 00004G