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

    Specialisations: Preschool Director

Fast Facts

  • $1,019 Weekly Pay
  • 40,800 workers Employment Size
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 61.0% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 34.5 hours Average full-time
  • 38.5 years Average age
  • 96.2% female Gender Share

The number of Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow very strongly over the next 5 years:
from 40,800 in 2018 to 49,800 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 29,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 5,800 a year).

  • Size: This is a large occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2017.
  • Location: Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers work in most regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Education and Training; Health Care and Social Assistance; and Public Administration and Safety.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers earn 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.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (61%, similar to the all jobs average of 68.4%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 34.5 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 39 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 96.2% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
YearNumber of Workers
200814800
200912800
201017900
201118200
201226600
201324700
201427000
201535900
201635700
201746200
201840800
202349800

Weekly Earnings

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

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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 Training60.4
Health Care and Social Assistance38.2
Public Administration and Safety0.6
Arts and Recreation Services0.5
Other Industries0.3

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 2017, 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
NSW39.631.6
VIC34.826.2
QLD11.519.7
SA3.86.7
WA6.010.8
TAS1.62.0
NT0.71.1
ACT1.91.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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
15-190.7-5.25.2
20-2411.5-9.99.9
25-3431.8-23.623.6
35-4422.8-21.721.7
45-5419.6-20.820.8
55-597.0-8.88.8
60-644.4-6.06.0
65 and Over2.4-4.04.0

Education Level

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.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
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  • You might be interested in Training and Education and Community Services VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  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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The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 25-2011.00 - Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education.

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Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  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.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 25-2011.00 - Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education.

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