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Early Childhood Teacher

What is it like to be an Early Childhood Teacher?

Early childhood teachers are involved with the education of young children aged birth to eight years. They implement teaching programs and learning environments that focus on the child’s development including planning play activities, storytelling and music, organising excursions and monitoring the child’s development including identification of developmental issues and recommending appropriate follow up pathways.

Early childhood teachers work in a variety of settings including childcare centres, kindergartens, primary schools (prep to year 3), government children’s organisations as well as nanny services, cruise ships, teaching English overseas, among many others.

For more information about a career as an Early Childhood Teacher, visit the Job Outlook website. 

Employment level (thousands)

This data shows historical and projected employment levels (thousands) for this occupation. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey.

Average weekly total cash earnings (before tax)

This data shows average weekly cash earnings for the occupation (rounded figure). These figures are indicative and cannot be used to determine a particular wage rate. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: ABS Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, May 2014.

Is it right for me?

Early childhood teachers are patient and have the ability to create a warm and supportive environment for learning. You will have a desire to teach young children along with a sense of creativity, imagination and flexibility.

  • 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

To become an Early Childhood Teacher

To be able to become an Early Childhood Teacher, your study options will change based on your previous study experience or your preferred study pathway:

Professional Accreditation


Graduates from the USQ Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) will have met the qualifications requirement for teacher registration with the Queensland College of Teachers.

Please note: To be eligible for teacher registration in Queensland, applicants must have the 'ability to communicate in spoken and written English at a professional level with students, parents, teachers and other persons'.

All students, domestic and international, must complete the majority of supervised professional experience in Australian Primary and/or Secondary school settings.
Graduates from the BEd (Early Childhood) will have also met the requirements of the Office for Early Childhood Education and Care (formerly the Queensland Department of Communities).

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