Early childhood educators care for the social, emotional, physical and educational needs of infants and young children in various care settings.
Duties & Tasks
Early childhood educators may perform the following tasks:plan and implement developmental programmes based on observation of individual childrenobserve and record children's growth, behaviour and development, and discuss these with parentsintegrate children with special needs into the programme, modifying the programme and the physical environment if necessarysupervise and train staffprepare play and learning materials and set up the children's environmentsupervise children's play, ensuring their physical safety at all timeshelp children with daily routines such as toileting, dressing, eating and sleepingguide children's behaviour and social developmentprepare light snacks and mealsmaintain a safe, clean and appealing environmentperform basic first aid in emergencies.
Early childhood educators' duties and hours of work vary. Shiftwork is often required. Early childhood educators often share basic tasks and work in teams. They spend long periods on their feet and often have to lift and carry children and move equipment.
- alert, observant and active able to use judgment and initiative willing to accept responsibility able to work as part of a team able to relate well to children and their parents patient able to lift children and equipment.