Early childhood education courses

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Introduction to Early childhood education

Did you know: 90% of a child’s brain development happens before they turn five?

As one of the first people who young learners interact with, early childhood educators play one of the most important roles in a child’s life. If you’re drawn to creativity and caring for others, an early childhood degree could be for you.

Nikki studied postgraduate teaching with Macquarie University, through Open Universities Australia.

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A day in the life

Choose an early childhood degree and you could spend your days:

  • Planning and delivering classroom activities for young children.
  • Promoting language skills and confidence in your learners.
  • Working as part of a team with parents, other educators and wellbeing professionals.

About the industry

It's a good time to step into this field. According to Labour Market Insights, graduates of early childhood education courses can expect:

  • Very strong industry growth
  • Low unemployment

Am I suited to early childhood courses?

Cast your mind back to the people who guided you through your early years. What did they do that shaped you?

There are a few key qualities that are ideal if you’re looking into an early childhood education and care course.

  • Do you have a love of learning?
    To inspire a love of learning in others, you must love learning yourself. During an early childhood degree, and throughout your career, you’ll be tasked with understanding the psychology behind young minds so that you can help them develop.
  • Are you patient and calm?
    Being able to keep cool as a cucumber in a variety of classroom situations is key. Children feed off the energy of those around them. If you’re a patient person by nature, this could be the place for you to shine.
  • Do you enjoy organisation and planning?
    Planning activities and lessons that inspire young minds is important in this profession. Complete an early childhood education online course, and you could put your knack for organisation to good use.

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