Early Childhood Educator

What does an Early Childhood Educator do?
  • Develops age appropriate activities for preschool children.
  • Meets with parents to share progress and concerns about individual students.
  • Identifies and promotes necessary skills in all developmental areas.
  • Structures indoor and outdoor play and skill building activities for students.
  • Supervises staff
  • Works with fellow educators to prepare students to progress to the next level.
  • Plans and delivers learning outcomes for preschool children childhood centres, preschools, childcare providers.
What do I need to be good at?
  • Keeping up with and keeping safe students of young ages.
  • Communicating with teachers, parents, and students.
  • Creating age appropriate activities to build skills and create learning opportunities.
  • Observation and knowledge of age appropriate skill sets for children of this age.
  • Possible meal or snack preparation with healthy food choices.
How much does an Early Childhood Educator get paid?

The average salary for an Early Childhood Educator is $57,000 which can vary depending on experience and training.

How does an Early Childhood Educator get trained?

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At school by…

Doing year nine work experience with an employer in careers that teach.

Undertaking a VET in schools’ childcare course.

Commencing a school-based apprenticeship in childcare where you complete your schooling, while working and studying part time.

At TAFE or other registered training organisation by…

Complete a Certificate II, III or IV in Early childhood education, which takes between six months to two years. The great thing is you can begin employment while you study.

At university…

You can take an undergraduate degree at university in primary school education.

On the job…

Look for a school-based apprenticeship or full-time apprenticeship, an individual employer or another apprenticeship provider. You can complete your training, get experience and get paid all at the same time!

How do I get experience?

You will find year 10 work experience opportunities on the Structured Workplace Learning portal, asking your careers teacher or VET or VCAL coordinator. You can also ask an educational employer for a voluntary work opportunity.

What does this job lead to?

With further training qualified early childhood teachers can become specialists in:

  • Primary school teaching
  • Secondary school teaching
  • University lecturing
  • Early childhood psychology
  • Secondary school teaching
  • Student support: autism, disability teaching, literacy, numeracy specialism