Early childhood teacher

Early Childhood Teachers convey the basics of knowledge to pre-primary school students. Taking a holistic approach, Early Childhood Teachers must focus on basic literacy and counting skills, as well as promote development in art and music. Early Childhood Teachers are also responsible for the basic health and well-being of their students and must also focus on helping students with their basic physical development skills.

Duties and tasks

  • Ensuring the safety of the children with whom they are entrusted
  • Mediating conflicts between students fairly and impartially
  • Planning engaging learning activities to assist in students development
  • Possessing a high level of accountability for students left in their care
  • Providing support for families and surrounding community as needed
  • Taking responsibility for students learning, growth, and development

Skills required

  • Ability to keep calm under pressure
  • Good sense of humor
  • High intelligence
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Superb level of communication skills

Working conditions

Early Childhood Teachers can work in traditional schools that are open from early in the morning (usually roughly 8) to early afternoon (usually around 3). However, they may also work in free-standing kindergartens or other public or private early childcare centres. At times, early childhood teachers can work in private homes or community centres.

Professional associations / Industry information

Department for Education and Child Development (SA) 

Department for Education and Early Child Development (VIC) 

Department of Education (WA) 

Early Childhood Australia 

New South Wales Government Department of Education and Training (NSW) 

The Creche and Kindergarten Association Limited (C&K) 

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  • Child Care Supervisor
  • Child Care Worker
  • Kindergarten Teacher
  • Nanny
  • Pre-Primary School Teacher
  • Preschool Director
  • Youth Worker

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