Early Childhood Education Courses give students the foundation of education and skills needed to work with children aged 0-5 years-old. Students of Early Childhood Education Courses will be taught both the skills, and the confidence needed, to manage varying types of behaviours, design curriculums, and conduct a variety of lessons – all to the highest standard. Lastly, Early Childhood Education Courses teach students how to manage the diverse needs of students and classrooms by gaining a greater understanding of a variety of different teaching methods.
Most early childhood education graduates pursue employment in school settings – working in kindergarten and pre-primary classrooms – and may also work in childcare centres. As an early childhood teacher, you’ll perform tasks like:
Graduates of early childhood education courses usually pursue employment in school settings, working in pre-schools and kindergartens, and may work as a:
You’ll excel working in early childhood education if you:
The Australia Government’s Job Outlook says early childhood education is a large and growing industry. Approximately 36,000 people are employed in early childcare roles across Australia, up from 13,000 in 2009, indicating the sector has been enjoying strong and stable growth for nearly a decade. Job Outlook predicts 10,000 more roles for early childhood educators will become available by 2020, and considers the sector’s potential future growth to be extremely high.
According to PayScale, early childhood educators can expect to earn between $38,000 and $68,000 per year, with an average salary of approximately $50,000.
While salary does increase with experience, increases are relatively moderate, and entry-level early childhood educators can expect to earn competitive salaries. PayScale reports more than 75 per cent of early childhood educators have less than 10 years’ experience, indicating people tend not to remain in this role for their entire career.
In the child care sector, a child care facility manager can expect to earn between $47,000 and $53,000 per year, according to PayScale, and a child care worker can expect to earn between $41,000 and $53,000 per year.
As teaching is legislated and organised at the state level, each state has its own professional teachers’ committee to advocate for its members’ interests: