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.
Tasks and duties
- Planning and implementing dynamic, educational and exciting 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. Complete transition records and contribute to reports for allied professionals such as speech pathologists and psychologists.
- Use knowledge of the Early Years Framework and National Quality Framework to work in compliance with all regulations.
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
- 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).
- 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.
- 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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