Early Childhood (Pre-Primary School) Teachers teach the basics of numeracy, literacy, music, art and literature to early childhood (pre-primary) students and promote students' social, emotional, intellectual and physical development.

A Bachelor Degree or higher is usually required. Two thirds of workers have a university degree. Sometimes relevant experience or on-the-job training is also needed. Registration with the relevant state or territory board of education may be required.

Tasks

  • planning and structuring learning in both indoor and outdoor environments using a variety of materials and equipment to facilitate students' development
  • providing a variety of experiences and activities to develop motor skills, cooperative social skills, confidence and understanding
  • promoting language development through story telling, role play, songs, rhymes and informal discussions held individually and within groups
  • observing students to evaluate progress and to detect signs of ill health, emotional disturbance and other disabilities
  • observing nutritional health, welfare and safety needs of students and identifying factors which may impede students' progress
  • discussing students' progress with parents
  • attending parent interviews, and staff and committee meetings
  • participating in community and family support programs as appropriate
  • supervising student teachers on placement

Job Titles

  • Kindergarten or Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher

    Fast Facts

    • Avg. Weekly Pay

      $1,019 Before Tax
    • Future Growth

      very strong
    • Skill Level

      Bachelor Degree or higher
    • Employment Size

      36400
    • Unemployment

      below average
    • Male Share

      1.6%
    • Female Share

      98.4%
    • Full-Time Share

      55.3%

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    This is a large occupation employing 36,400 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has grown strongly.
    Very strong growth is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create between 25,001 and 50,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

    • Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers work in most parts of Australia.
    • They mainly work in: Education and Training; Health Care and Social Assistance; and Public Administration and Safety.
    • Part-time work is fairly common, but more than half work full-time. Full-time workers, on average, work 37.1 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
    • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $1,019 per week (below the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • The average age is 39 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
    • More than 9 in 10 workers are female.
    • In 2016, the unemployment rate was below average.

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
    YearNumber of Workers
    200517700
    200618800
    200713500
    200815600
    200913400
    201020400
    201121300
    201224400
    201324100
    201433700
    201536400
    202046200

    Weekly Earnings

    Full-time Earnings

    All Jobs Average

    Weekly Earnings (before tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
    EarningsEarly Childhood (Pre-primary School) TeachersAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings10191230

    Hours

    Weekly Hours Worked

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
    CategoryEarly Childhood (Pre-primary School) TeachersAll Jobs Average
    Full-time55.368.4
    Part-time44.731.6
    Average Weekly Hours (full-time)37.140

    Main Industries

    Top Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Education and Training61.6
    Health Care and Social Assistance34.8
    Public Administration and Safety2.2
    Arts and Recreation Services0.4
    Other Industries1

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateEarly Childhood (Pre-primary School) TeachersAll Jobs Average
    NSW37.231.8
    VIC30.925.5
    QLD15.619.8
    SA4.16.8
    WA6.511.2
    TAS2.52
    NT0.61.1
    ACT2.51.8

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketEarly Childhood (Pre-primary School) TeachersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.6-5.45.4
    20-245.8-9.99.9
    25-3429.8-23.423.4
    35-4427.9-21.721.7
    45-5423.3-21.121.1
    55-596.3-8.78.7
    60-642.5-5.95.9
    65 and Over3.8-3.83.8

    Gender

    Male Share

    Female Share

    Gender (% share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    CategoryEarly Childhood (Pre-primary School) TeachersCategoryAll Jobs Average
    Males1.6Males53.6
    Females98.4Females46.4

    Education Level

    Top Education Levels

    Highest Level of Education (% share)

    Source: ABS, Education and Work (2016). Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Skill level requirements can change over time, the qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationEarly Childhood (Pre-primary School) TeachersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate19.4-8.68.6
    Bachelor degree46.5-17.917.9
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma20.4-10.110.1
    Certificate III/IV13.7-18.918.9
    Year 120-18.718.7
    Years 11 & 100-17.717.7
    Below Year 100-8.18.1

    A Bachelor Degree or higher is usually required. Two thirds of workers have a university degree. Sometimes relevant experience or on-the-job training is also needed. Registration with the relevant state or territory board of education may be required.

    If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
    The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

    It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

    Employers look for Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers who are caring, compassionate, empathetic and communicate well in a team.

    Knowledge

    The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

    1. Customer and Personal Service

      85% Important

      Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    2. Education and Training

      79% Important

      Teaching and course design.

    3. English Language

      78% Important

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    4. Psychology

      74% Important

      Human behaviour and performance; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioural and affective disorders.

    5. Public Safety and Security

      66% Important

      Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

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    Activities

    The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

    1. Assisting and Caring for Others

      82% Important

      Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support to people such as co-workers, customers, or patients.

    2. Thinking Creatively

      82% Important

      Using your own ideas to developing, designing, or creating something new.

    3. Building Good Relationships

      79% Important

      Building and keeping constructive and cooperative working relationships with others.

    4. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

      78% Important

      Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

    5. Making Decisions and Solving Problems

      78% Important

      Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

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