I could be wrong, but I think a degree is the minimum required to lead classes in a nursery in Poland, isn't it?
Fair point Delph. Actually in Poland, there are plenty of people with degrees in everything ranging from science to law teaching in kindergartens, but not qualified in early childhood education/care. Some of them do a few courses in child related stuff so their qualifications look a bit better on paper. Anyway, I meant a 'playschool' as in a 'free' play room in a creche as opposed to guided/structured play. Yes I know what you mean about the unqualified roles.However there are professional qualifications for nannies such as the NNEB diploma (I'm sure they have similar in Oz) which are suitable for people who aren't academic but want to work with children, perfect for a posh nursery in Kensington, Lady Di style :)) And it would impress a silly, snobby parent who wants to engage a nanny for her children 'she's a fully qualified nanny you know'. Mind you, who'd want to work for someone like that.......
No play school wants an Ignoramus.
Not quite true. It depends on the role they're hiring for. If you're just going to be in the baby room in a childcare centre changing nappies, feeding and playing with babies under a year old, then being warm and affectionate, vigilant and having a hefty dose of common sense is the most important thing. Plenty of unqualified women who have been mothers themselves are very capable in that role. But such work doesn't generally pay enough to live on.