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Early Childhood Teacher

Work with children between two and five years of age to promote their learning and development.

What's it like to be an Early Childhood Teacher?

Early Childhood Teachers work with young children (usually aged between two and five years of age) to promote their learning and help them to develop key skills for the future.

Early Childhood Teacher

Tasks and duties

  • Planning and implementing activities to develop and enhance children’s learning, creativity, wellbeing, communication, social skills and physical ability.
  • Observing, recording and assessing children’s development, learning and progress.
  • Liaising with parents and professionals such as maternal and child health nurses, speech pathologists and psychologists to support children’s health and wellbeing.
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A key part of being an Early Childhood Teacher is the ability to relate to, and understand, young children and work with them in groups and individually.

Early Childhood Teachers work in kindergartens, childcare centres, special education settings, government and non-government primary schools, and may work in metropolitan, rural or remote areas.

What can I earn as an Early Childhood Teacher?

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The most common annual salary in AUS for an Early Childhood Teacher is between $65k and $75k
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How to become an Early Childhood Teacher


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To work as an Early Childhood Teacher in Australia, you need undertake a degree course in education. These are usually full-time courses over three or four years, for people over 17 years of age or who have completed year 12 with an appropriate Universities Admission Index. The courses provide a blend of theory and practical teaching experience.

  1. Complete a bachelor degree in the field of early childhood education. This could be a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education, a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) or a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood). Alternatively, for students with previous tertiary qualifications, complete a two-year Master of Teaching (Early Childhood).
  2. Before being able to work as an Early Childhood Teacher, you need to lodge an application form for teacher registration in your state.
  3. There are many opportunities for career progression for early childhood teachers, such as becoming a special education teacher, education program director, education coordinator or education program manager.

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Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)

This qualification provides the knowledge and skills to prepare for a role as an Early Childhood Teacher.

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Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood/Primary)

This qualification will prepare you to apply for roles as either a Early Childhood or Primary School Teacher.

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How do Early Childhood Teachers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 62 Early Childhood Teachers surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
3.6
Job satisfaction
4.1
Career progression opportunities
3.5
Job security
3.8
Pay / Salary
3.1
Variety of work
3.9

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Jun 2018
ECT means dealing with innocense and curiosity simultaneously.
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of teaching in Early childhood
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Early childhood education
The good things
Early childhood teaching is most rewarding profession. I forget all my stress as soon as I enter my kinder room. The warm welcome by children in form of cuddles n kisses on my arrival in the room is i...
The challenges
Its an amazing role but challenging at the same time. You have to remain updated and thoughtful all the time to provide best program to your kids. Creativity is another must requirement for an ECT tha...
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Jun 2018
Kindergarten Teaching is challenging but so fun & very rewarding!
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Education
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Not applicable
The good things
My role as an Early Childhood Educator is very varied. From taking observations of childrens strengths & weaknesses; in their areas of development, I set up learning experiences in order to strengthen...
The challenges
There is a lot of overtime required for planning & meetings, etc to take into consideration if you have a young family. You spend a lot of time outside, despite the weather. Be prepared to rug up as i...
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What are the job opportunities for Early Childhood Teachers?

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