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Kindergarten Teacher

Help pre-primary school children develop social, emotional and physical skills.

What's it like to be a Kindergarten Teacher?

Kindergarten Teachers work with young children before formal education begins (pre-primary school) to help them develop social, emotional and physical skills, an interest in learning and other key abilities for the future.

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A key part of being a Kindergarten Teacher is the ability to relate to, and understand, young children and work with them in groups and individually. Kindergarten Teachers need to be able to adapt their communication style depending on the children they are working with.

Kindergarten Teachers typically work Monday – Friday in kindergartens, long day care settings, special education settings, and may work in metropolitan, rural or remote areas.

What can I earn as a Kindergarten Teacher?

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How to become a Kindergarten Teacher


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To work as a Kindergarten 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.

  1. Complete a bachelor degree in the field of early childhood education. This could be a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) or a Bachelor of 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 a Kindergarten Teacher, you need to lodge an application form for teacher registration in your state. It’s likely that you will also need a working with children check, first aid certification and anaphylaxis certification.
  3. There are many opportunities for career progression for Kindergarten Teachers, such as becoming a Special Education Teacher, Education Program Director or Education Coordinator.

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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 Kindergarten Teacher reviews

Latest reviews from 44 Kindergarten Teachers surveyed on SEEK
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Oct 2018
Kinder Teachers - you either have it or you don't!
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Teaching (Early Childhood)
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Early Childhood
The good things
Kinder Teachers have to be passionate about their job as there is a high expectation of expertise and extra added time dedicated to the role outside of the 15 hours of contact time per week with the k...
The challenges
Where do I start! Pay is abysmal compared to the school sector, especially in childcare settings as the award is much less attractive compared to stand-alone Kinders. Whilst you may get full time work...
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Oct 2018
Kindy Teacher- Pros and Cons.
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Learning Management (Early Childhood Education)
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Kindergarten Teacher
The good things
Every day you walk into a room of tiny humans who think the world of you. They make you smile and laugh even on days you don’t no want to. You are responsible for the greatest privilege a child has an...
The challenges
It is not a job for the faint hearted. You need passion and determination. You need to thrive on constantly being challenged. Everything you do (this includes cleaning, writing programs, toileting, co...
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