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 children
observe and record children's growth, behaviour and development, and discuss these with parents
integrate children with special needs into the programme, modifying the programme and the physical environment if necessary
supervise and train staff
prepare play and learning materials and set up the children's environment
supervise children's play, ensuring their physical safety at all times
help children with daily routines such as toileting, dressing, eating and sleeping
guide children's behaviour and social development
prepare light snacks and meals
maintain a safe, clean and appealing environment
perform 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
able to lift children and equipment.