Kindergarten & preschool teacher

Kindergarten and Preschool Teachers instruct pre-primary students in the foundations of numeracy, literature and arts to prepare them for primary school. They focus on cognitive, physical and social development using a variety of games, music, play, art and written exercises. Teachers of this level should be creative, patient and understand levels of early childhood development.

Duties and tasks

  • Create lesson plans and structured play to promote children's development using an assortment of games and equipment
  • Evaluate students progress and development in the classroom as well as in outdoor activities; identify any delays in progress and notify parents
  • Facilitate activities that enhance motor skills including group games, art activities, outside play and educational song and hand movements
  • Hold parent-teacher meetings and work with staff and administration on school goals as well as city, state and national standards
  • Monitor children's interactions with other students to ensure safety and positive circumstances for all students and encourage sharing and cooperation
  • Support cognitive development through stories, songs, games, simple lessons and structured play
  • Teach alphabet and numeracy using a variety of songs, visual aids and games

Skills required

  • Creative and Artistic Abilities
  • Organisation Skills
  • Patience and Flexibility
  • Strong Oral and Communication Skills
  • Time Management

Working conditions

Kindergarten and Preschool Teachers work in classroom settings set up for small children. They typically work Mondays to Fridays for full or half days depending on the school hours and number of classes taught. They may be required to work outside classroom hours to provide basic evaluations of students performances and developments in their classes.

Professional associations / Industry information

Department of Education (WA) 

Department of Education and Training (ACT) 

Early Childhood Australia

NSW Teachers Federation 

Queensland College of Teachers

Teachers Registration Board of South Australia 

The Creche and Kindergarten Association Limited (C&K) 

Victorian Institute of Teaching

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