Want To Inspire Children? Here’s what you need to know:
As an Early Childhood Teacher, you will be responsible for helping pre-primary school children to start to learn the basics of essential skills such as numeracy, literacy, art and music. You’ll also be responsible for promoting social, intellectual and physical development too.
You’ll find yourself, planning and structuring learning in a fun, inspiring and age-appropriate way, and encouraging social interaction and physical development through play. You’ll observe and evaluate students and also be required to tend to the student's personal needs (they will be too young to do so themselves). Interacting with parents will also be crucial in this role.
You’ll need to have a pleasant outlook (from a child's perspective), be professional and organised, and also able to analyse and communicate well at all levels. Patience and friendly nature will also be necessary.
Fancy teaching A, B, C’s to our future? If you do, you’ll enjoy these facts;
- Early Childhood Teachers work in most parts of Australia.
- The majority work in Health Care, Social Assistance, Public Administration and Safety.
- Opportunities for part-time work are relatively common.
- The unemployment rate is below average.
- Average earnings for full-time workers are around AU $40,000 to $62,000 per annum (depending upon location and experience).
Types of Courses
A Bachelor Degree or higher is usually required to enter into a career as an Early Childhood Educator.
Short courses related to working with children and in Early Childhood Education are a great way to find out more about what such a career is about. You can also enjoy related topics to help you build on your knowledge or enhance your opportunities to secure a role.
Short Courses can last around 3 to 7 weeks and can focus in on a variety of niche topics.
Certificate II Course:
A Certificate II course in Early Childhood Education will start to build on your knowledge in preparation for higher education.
Certificate III Courses:
Usually, last around 12 months. You’ll learn everything you need to know about early childhood education settings and all about how to work within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard. All of which provides you with everything you need to take your career in early childhood education to the next stage.
A Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education lasts around four years (part-time). Entry requirements are at least some relevant work experience and Certificate III minimum in a related topic.
The outcomes from studying for this qualification will give you the skills and confidence to teach through a variety of methods and activities. You’ll know how to plan curriculums, deal with childhood behaviours and will become proficient in designing and conducting lessons.
There are opportunities to progress into different positions in your career in Early Childhood Education, such as;
- Early Childhood Teacher
- Community Worker
- Family Day Care Educator
- Mobile Service Educator
- Occasional Care Educator
- Education Assistant
- Child Care Assistant
- Outside School Hours Aide
- Pre-school Assistant