WHAT IS AN EARLY CHILDHOOD TEACHER?

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What do I need to study to become an Early Childhood Teacher?

Edith Cowan University

Start a rewarding new career teaching Australia's youngest learners with this Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Studies) course from Edith Cowan University. 

Swinburne Online

This online Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) course qualifies you to teach children from the ages of six weeks to eight years old. In this Swinburne Online course you will learn to teach children vital literacy and numeracy skills as well as artistic endeavours.

Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)

This online Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) course qualifies you to teach children from the ages of six weeks to eight years old. In this Swinburne Online course you will learn to teach children vital literacy and numeracy skills as well as artistic endeavours.
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Swinburne Online

Study the online Bachelor of Education (primary) course and gain the skills to shape future generations!

Open Colleges

Studying the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113) course online will equip you with high levels of professionalism to excel in the childcare industry.

CHC30113

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Studying the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113) course online will equip you with high levels of professionalism to excel in the childcare industry.
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Open Colleges

The online Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50113) course is the ideal course for those who want to work in a supervisory role within daycares or preschools.

CHC50113

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

The online Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50113) course is the ideal course for those who want to work in a supervisory role within daycares or preschools.
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Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

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Edith Cowan University

Gain practical experience and in-depth knowledge across the spectrum of learning environments for children from birth to 8 years with this Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) course from Edith Cowan University.

Master of Teaching (Early Childhood)

Gain practical experience and in-depth knowledge across the spectrum of learning environments for children from birth to 8 years with this Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) course from Edith Cowan University.
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Master of Teaching (Early Childhood)

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Swinburne Online

Study this online Master of Teaching (Primary) course and become equipped with effective teaching techniques to engage your students.

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What is an Early Childhood Teacher?

An Early Childhood Teacher works with children up to the age of 5 or 6, engaging students in stimulating developmental activities and promoting their physical, mental and emotional well-being. They provide structure and routine, help children develop basic language, numeracy and social skills and prepare them for the transition into primary school.

By planning daily learning programs, Early Childhood Teachers facilitate the growth and learning of young children, using structured play, socialisation and other activities like music, art, creativity and stories. They gauge and monitor each child’s progress, discussing their development with parents or caregivers and carry out other administrative duties such as writing reports and ordering educational supplies.

What do Early Childhood Teachers do?

  • Planning and implementing daily education programs to encourage learning through play and structured activities.
  • Facilitating and promoting language, numeracy and social development through storytelling, music, art, role play and group exercises.
  • Providing guidance, structure and routine as well as a safe space, conducive to learning and self-expression.
  • Observing and evaluating each student’s progress and discussing their development with parents or caregivers.
  • Detecting and reporting signs of emotional distress, ill health and other disabilities in children.
  • Maintaining the welfare, safety and nutritional needs of students as well as identifying and mitigating factors that may impede a child’s development.
  • Participating in relevant community, social and family support program.

Career snapshot for Early Childhood Teacher

  • The average age of working Early Childhood Teachers is 39.
  • 1.60% of Early Childhood Teachers are male.
  • 55.30% of Early Childhood Teachers work full-time and on average they work around 37.1 hours per week.
  • With A Bachelor Degree or higher, Early Childhood Teachers get paid $1,019 per week Before Tax.
  • Unemployment levels are below average.
  • In 2015 records showed 36,400 employed Early Childhood Teachers.
  • The projected growth of the profession is estimated to be very strong with employment numbers around 46,200 by 2020.
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