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Too old for a career in childcare?

Postby ylee » Tue Jul 12, 2011 4:39 pm

Great to find this forum! Im in my late 40's and considering taking up a career in childcare again. I say again as I worked in Childcare for 10 years but that was 8-9 years ago now and I have decided to go back to what I know. I had considered a career in Nursing but would be starting as a complete novice in that field and I feel a bit 'old' to start from scratch. So a childcare career would suit me better.

But is 40 something too old to make a return? I am more interested in completing the Dip. after my Cert.3 as I would prefer to look at more of a leadership role this time around. I almost completed my Cert.3 all those years ago but not quite so I will have to do it all over again which doesnt bother me at all as no doubt a lot has changed since then anyway. I now have grandchildren (which makes me sound so old, I was a younger Mum myself) so I have a lot of contact with the under 5's still.

I am looking at doing the cert.3 in a classroom environment as I learn better this way. The course Im doing is for 3 days a week from 8.30 - 2.30. I need the discipline of a classroom otherwise I know I would deviate from my plan but how would I fit into a classroom of, Im guessing, much younger people? Are there many other older students doing this course? Will I feel like a total misfit as I know many younger people are also attracted to this profession. My 17yo daughter is about to begin her Cert.3 in Childcare through her school!

Maybe I am worrying for nothing but I guess what I am really looking for is reassurance that I will be accepted into a classroom situation at my age. The course I am thinking of doing is actually pushing for mature age students to apply. The course is fully funded by the Govt. if you meet certain criteria which I would.

Thanks for reading my small book here. Looking forward to some replies. Cheers
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Re: Too old for a career in childcare?

Postby Sharlene J » Tue Jul 12, 2011 5:45 pm

I certainly don't think you're too old!! I've just turned 37 and have started my Diploma. I only made the choice to choose Childcare as a career because I had to find something that would fit in with my family. Yes, you may be older than a lot of other classmates, but think of the life experience that you can bring and contribute to your class. Go in with an open slate and positive thoughts and hopefully it will be a great experience for you - good luck!!
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Re: Too old for a career in childcare?

Postby fchaudari76 » Tue Jul 12, 2011 11:54 pm

No one is ever too old, I worked with a lady who must have been in late 50s in my last job, she was a qualified teacher returning to work. The only thing that I found a hinderance was her attitude to be honest.
At Uni in the UK we had plenty of mature students and they integrated really well ... we enjoyed their company too, it was nice having older people with a mature outlook to life and studying ...we had to complete our assignments before they allowed us to run to the pub or out clubbing :lol:
I am 35 and just completing my Diploma, though doing through Correspondence.
In my opinion if someone is a friendly person it does not matter what age they are. Like Sharlene said your life experiences can make a big contribution to the class. You will learn from the younger ones and they will learn from you.
Good Luck with the studies, I am sure you will have a great time and if you need help everyone on here is super helpful
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Re: Too old for a career in childcare?

Postby kessie » Wed Jul 13, 2011 8:30 am

I am doing my diploma with around 35 people, and I think only a handful would early 20's. Most of us are late 30's up to early 50's. A work friend has just enrolled in her bach of Education at 58 years old. So no way are you too old! You will find it Cert III very easy with your life experience and former childcare experience. Also each centre is very different, some have only young staff and others a mix or only mature staff. If it's funded that will be great, good luck!!
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Re: Too old for a career in childcare?

Postby ylee » Wed Jul 13, 2011 11:59 am

Thanks for your very supportive replies, it makes me feel a lot better about returning to a classroom environment. I certainly admire all those women (and men) pursuing qualifications at a higher level in the mature years. My youngest are 15 & 17 so they will impact on my study time only slightly so thats a positive. Well, better see if I can get this course happening then. Time to make the call. Cheers all.
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Re: Too old for a career in childcare?

Postby fchaudari76 » Fri Jul 15, 2011 12:59 pm

Good luck with the study
Let us know how u get on
I'm sure it will be a great experience & pretty easy for you
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Re: Too old for a career in childcare?

Postby dulciean » Fri Jul 22, 2011 11:18 pm

hi Lee. Just some added encouragement. I am 38 and have just returned to the early childhood sector after being in the finance/insurance industry. I have just enrolled in my diploma level of study and might not finish it till i am 40. So I say go for it- all your life experience is so valuable in this industry. you will have so much to offer!
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Re: Too old for a career in childcare?

Postby Lorina » Sat Jul 23, 2011 10:25 am

Hey ylee,

Honestly speaking it's great to have some mature and experienced women working in this industry... there are often times when you go to a centre and most of their staff are just out of high school or act like children themselves! No wonder some people in our community thinks we are babysitters! I really wish you the best of luck!

Cheers :geek:,
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Re: Too old for a career in childcare?

Postby law92 » Sun May 27, 2012 9:12 am

Hi

I would just like to say good luck with your studies! i am nearly finished my certificate 3 now and i am 20 years old so u will have no problem with it at all :)
the only thing i could say is that working in child care is very physically demanding and you need to be prepared to go home everyday completely physically and emotionally exhausted. it is a hard industry to work in with a high burn out rate. i just hope that u are prepared for this, and for the poor pay as well. good luck!
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Re: Too old for a career in childcare?

Postby Rosie123 » Tue May 29, 2012 2:09 pm

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You are certainly not too old for childcare. I am 47 years old. Have in the last 2 years completed my Cert 3, Diploma and this year started my 3 year Bachelor early childhood at curtin uni. I have been in a class of younger students and have had no problems fitting in. Go for it and enjoy

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