How to Become an Early Childhood Teacher(2 courses)
What do I need to study to become an Early Childhood Teacher?
Start a rewarding new career teaching Australia's youngest learners with this Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Studies) course from Edith Cowan University.View course information
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.View course information
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Definition of 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 childâ€™s progress, discussing their development with parents or caregivers and carry out other administrative duties such as writing reports and ordering educational supplies.
What are the responsibilities of an Early Childhood Teacher ?
- 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 Outlook for Early Childhood Teacher
The average age of people working as is 39 with 1.60% of them being male. 55.30% of are employed full-time and they typically work around 37.1 hours per week.
Unemployment is below average and, with A Bachelor Degree or higher, the average Community Worker can earn around $1,019 per week Before Tax. In 2015 there were 36,400 working and the future growth of the profession is predicted to be very strong, with numbers around 46,200 in 2020.