Early childhood teachers plan and conduct education programmes for young children.
Duties & Tasks
Early childhood teachers may perform the following tasks:plan activities using a variety of materials and equipment to develop good coordination, social skills, creativity, self-expression and an interest in learning
promote language development and self-confidence through storytelling, drama, music and discussions
help to organise and participate in excursions to enhance learning experiences
encourage children to question and explore the world in which they live
observe children to evaluate and record their progress and to detect signs of developmental disorders, ill health or emotional disturbance
recommend appropriate programmes for further development
work with guidance officers, speech pathologists and psychologists to assist children with special needs
help integrate children with special needs into mainstream classes
promote health and safety concepts and social interaction with other children
promote awareness and appreciation of diversity in multicultural societies
attend to sick children and those in need of first aid
comfort children who are hurt or distressed
assist children with their toileting and personal hygiene
discuss aspects of children's development with parents and other educators
discuss the aims of the education programme with parents
participate in community activities and parent/staff committees
supervise and work with student teachers and trainee childcare workers.
Early childhood teachers work in government-owned pre-school centres, early education classes, community kindergartens and community childcare centres.
able to relate to children and their families
a keen desire to teach children
willing to learn
good problem-solving skills
sound literacy and numeracy skills
high-level planning and organisational skills
enthusiastic, tactful, patient and a sense of humour
prepared to work outside of school hours.