Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Educator

Be involved in planning and running education programs for young children

Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Educator

Early Childhood Preprimary School Educator

Roles and responsibilities

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 disorder, ill health or emotional disturbance
  • recommend appropriate programs 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 an awareness and appreciation of the multicultural society in which we live
  • 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 the child's development with parents and other educators
  • discuss with parents the aims of the education program
  • participate in community activities and parent/staff committees
  • supervise and work with student teachers and trainee child care workers.

Early childhood teachers are employed in education and care services for children aged up to eight years by state education departments, independent schools or child care centres in metropolitan or remote areas, and Aboriginal communities. Self-employment opportunities exist as the proprietor of a private preschool or child care centre. Other opportunities may be available as home tutors.

Source: myFuture

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 disorder, ill health or emotional disturbance
  • recommend appropriate programs 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 an awareness and appreciation of the multicultural society in which we live
  • 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 the child's development with parents and other educators
  • discuss with parents the aims of the education program
  • participate in community activities and parent/staff committees
  • supervise and work with student teachers and trainee child care workers.

Early childhood teachers are employed in education and care services for children aged up to eight years by state education departments, independent schools or child care centres in metropolitan or remote areas, and Aboriginal communities. Self-employment opportunities exist as the proprietor of a private preschool or child care centre. Other opportunities may be available as home tutors.

Source: myFuture

Early Childhood Educator

How to qualify

Step 1
Complete an undergraduate (bachelor's) degree with sufficient units related to the school curriculum.
Step 2
Complete the postgraduate Master of Teaching (F–12).

Early Childhood Educator
Undergraduate Courses To Become

Early Childhood Preprimary School Educator

Recommended major/s to pursue this career

You must complete a sufficient number of units in areas relevant to the primary school curriculum during your undergraduate degree. Relevant disciplines include: