EARLY CHILDHOOD TEACHER
- An early childhood teacher may perform the following tasks:
- Assist children with their toileting and other personal matters
- Attend to sick children and those in need of first aid
- Comfort children who are hurt or distressed
- Discuss with parents and other educators aspects of the child's development
- Discuss with parents the aims of the education program
- Early childhood teachers plan and conduct education programs for young children.
- Encourage children to question and explore the world in which they live
- Help integrate children with special needs into mainstream classes
- Help to organize and participate in excursions to enhance learning experiences
- Observe children to evaluate and record their progress, and recommend appropriate programs for further development and to detect signs of developmental disorder, ill health or emotional disturbance
- Participate in community activities and parent/staff committees
- Plan activities using a variety of materials and equipment to develop good coordination, social skills, creativity, self-expression and an interest in learning
- Promote an awareness and appreciation of the multicultural society in which we live
- Promote health and safety concepts and social interaction with other children
- Promote language development and self-confidence through storytelling, drama, music and discussions
- Supervise and work with student teachers and trainee childcare workers.
- Work with guidance officers, speech pathologists and psychologists to assist children with special needs
Early childhood teachers may work in pre-school centers; early education classes, community kindergartens and community child care centers.
Typical Personal Requirements:
- A keen desire to teach children
- Able to relate to children and their families
- Enthusiasm, tact, patience and a sense of humor
- Good problem-solving skills
- High level of planning and organizational skills
- Prepared to work out of school hours.
- Sound literacy and numeric skills
- Willing to learn
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