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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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Early Childhood Teacher roles in AUS were typically advertised between $65k and $70k over the last 3 months.
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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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Master of Teaching (Early Childhood)

If you have already completed any undergraduate degree, this qualification will prepare you for a career as a Early Childhood or Kindergarten Teacher.

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Latest Early Childhood Teacher reviews

Latest reviews from 89 Early Childhood Teachers surveyed on SEEK
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May 2021
Teaching in early childhood is challenging but the rewards out weigh the negatives
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood and Primary) (Honours)
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Pre school
The good things
The role is enjoyable and rewarding, though it can be very emotionally and mentally draining. You are frequently expected to be doing things after hours or in your own time
The challenges
The way we are viewed compared to other teachers even though we also spent 4 years at uni is the worst part. We are seen as babysitters not teachers
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May 2021
Teaching is becoming more challenging but with a team approach it makes it so much easier.
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Early Childhood
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Languages other than English
The good things
Satisfaction in supporting children and their families to reach their personal and academic goals. Working with a range of other professionals and educators to ensure a better learning outcome for di...
The challenges
Regulations and an increased amount of paperwork that keeps us from providing the time to spend teaching and building relationships with young children. The ever increasing paperwork to receive fundi...
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