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Out of school hours care worker

An out of school hours care worker provides care and supervision for school aged children before and/or after school.

Find out what an out of school hours care worker does and the related Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses and pathways you can take to secure a job. 

What is an out of school hours care worker?

As an out of school care worker, you will care for children in programs usually run by primary schools.

In this role you may:

  • prepare materials and equipment for education and recreational activities
  • supervise children’s behaviour, hygiene and routine
  • lead activities and games.

Find out more about out of school hours care workers(opens in a new window) and these related jobs on the Victorian Skills Gateway(opens in a new window):

Search for related vocational and education training (VET) courses on the Victorian Skills Gateway(opens in a new window):

You may be eligible for government funding to help pay for your course.

Average salary

The average weekly earnings for out of school hours care workers in Australia is currently unavailable, as of April 2024.

Job demand in Victoria

Below is the number of child carer jobs in Victoria. Figures show the number of workers in 2023 and the new workers expected to enter the workforce by 2026.

‘New workers expected’ accounts for workers adding new jobs to the economy and replacing retirees over the next 3 years. These forecasts are estimates only. There will be additional jobs available as people move between jobs and industries.

Note that specific data is not available for out of school carers.

RegionWorkers 2023Workforce growth 2023-2026New workers needed by 2026
Melbourne – inner metropolitan2,7312.0%268
Melbourne – inner south-east metropolitan3,4491.6%297
Melbourne – southern metropolitan6,9021.6%607
Melbourne – northern metropolitan5,8581.9%554
Melbourne – eastern metropolitan5,1491.7%465
Melbourne – western metropolitan6,0332.1%627
Ballarat and surrounds (Central Highlands)9751.9%94
Bendigo, Echuca and surrounds (Loddon Campaspe)1,2811.6%112
Geelong, Colac and surrounds (Barwon)1,9312.8%241
Horsham and surrounds (Wimmera Southern Mallee)233-0.5%<10
Mildura, Swan Hill and surrounds (Mallee)5970.7%35
Shepparton, Seymour and surrounds (Goulburn)1,1132.0%109
Wangaratta, Wodonga and surrounds (Ovens Murray)9541.8%89
Warrnambool, Hamilton and surrounds (Great South Coast)5410.0%20

Source: Victorian Skills Authority employment forecast dashboard

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