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 learningpromote language development and self-confidence through storytelling, drama, music and discussionshelp to organise and participate in excursions to enhance learning experiencesencourage children to question and explore the world in which they liveobserve children to evaluate and record their progress and to detect signs of developmental disorders, ill health or emotional disturbancerecommend appropriate programmes for further developmentwork with guidance officers, speech pathologists and psychologists to assist children with special needshelp integrate children with special needs into mainstream classespromote health and safety concepts and social interaction with other childrenpromote awareness and appreciation of diversity in multicultural societiesattend to sick children and those in need of first aidcomfort children who are hurt or distressedassist children with their toileting and personal hygienediscuss aspects of children's development with parents and other educatorsdiscuss the aims of the education programme with parentsparticipate in community activities and parent/staff committeessupervise 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.