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Diploma Qualified Educator Wages In Early Childhood Services

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When working as a Diploma Qualified Educator your pay rate is from the Children's Services Award 2010. This Award states your minimum rate of pay based on the completion of your Diploma Qualification. The following will provide information for Diploma Qualified Educators on minimum wages including full time and casual, job responsibilities and more.

Key Responsibilities and Duties

The following has the key responsibilities and duties for a Diploma Qualified Educator. This can help you to be informed of your roles and duties while working at the centre.

Diploma Qualified Educator Job Description

Level 4 Classification

Level 4

This is an employee who has completed a Diploma in Children's Services or equivalent (e.g. Certificate IV in Out of School Hours Care) as recognised by licensing authorities and is appointed as the person in charge of a group of children in the age range from birth to 12 years or an employee who is appointed as an Authorised Supervisor (as defined in the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 (NSW)). An employee at this level will also take on the same duties and perform the same tasks as a CSE Level 3.

Indicative duties:

  • Responsible, in consultation with the Assistant Director/Director for the preparation, implementation and evaluation of a developmentally appropriate program for individual children or groups.
  • Responsible to the Assistant Director/Director for the supervision of students on placement.
  • Responsible for ensuring a safe environment is maintained for both staff and children.
  • Responsible for ensuring that records are maintained accurately for each child in their care.
  • Develop, implement and evaluate daily care routines.
  • Ensure that the centre or service's policies and procedures are adhered to.
  • Liaise with families.

Pay Rate

For a Diploma Qualified Educator, your pay rate is as follows:

Full Time/Part-time

Level 3.4 - (for a Diploma Qualified Educator working as an assistant Educator).

  • $26.01 per hour¬†
  • $988.20 per week

Level 4.1 - (for a newly qualified Diploma educator who begins working for the first year with their qualification).

  • $27.62 per hour
  • $1,033.80 per week

Level 4.2 (for the second year of your Diploma qualification)

  • $27.62 per hour
  • $1,049.60 per week

Level 4.3 (for the third year of your Diploma qualification)

  • $28.03 per hour
  • $1,065.20 per week

Casual

Level 3.4 - ((for a Diploma Qualified Educator working as an assistant Educator).

  • $32.51 per hour

Level 4.1 - (for a newly qualified Diploma educator who begins working for the first year with their qualification)

  • $34.01 per hour

Level 4.2 - (for the second year of your Diploma qualification)

  • $34.53 per hour

Level 4.3 - (for the third year of your Diploma qualification)

  • $35.04 per hour

Allowances

Some centres give allowances to their employees which will further increase their pay rate. These allowances may include laundry (if they supply you with a uniform), travel, split shift, meals, vehicle and more. These allowances may not be much; however, it does count towards your wages. So, every little bit does increase your overall payment amount. Not all centres will have allowances in place, so it really depends on where you are working.

To view the current rate of allowances: Childcare Wages in Australia

It's important to ensure you are getting the entitlements that you deserve based on your Diploma qualification. Please make sure you check your pay rates and if you have any concerns, talk to your employer about any payment issues. 

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