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


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.