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.

Also known as: Kindergarten.

Specialisations: Preschool Director.

A bachelor degree in education majoring in early education is needed to work as an Early Childhood Teacher. If you already have a degree in a relevant teaching field you can complete a postgraduate qualification in early education or diploma approved by the Australian Children's Education & Care Quality Authority.

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

All Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers

  • $1,488 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 40,800 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 56% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 40 years Average age
  • 98% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers (in their main job) 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 2018.
  • Location: Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Education and Training; Health Care and Social Assistance; and Public Administration and Safety.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,488 per week (similar to the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: More than half work full-time (56%, similar to the average of 66%), but there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 40 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 98% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business talks with employers who have tried to fill vacancies. Find out more in the latest report on Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers.

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 Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. 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 Earnings14881460

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Education and Training69.7
Health Care and Social Assistance25.7
Public Administration and Safety3.2
Administrative and Support Services0.6
Other Industries0.8

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, 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
NSW35.231.6
VIC24.125.6
QLD16.520.0
SA8.77.0
WA10.810.8
TAS2.02.0
NT0.91.0
ACT1.81.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, 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
15-190.9-5.05.0
20-247.5-9.39.3
25-3428.3-22.922.9
35-4426.8-22.022.0
45-5422.1-21.621.6
55-598.4-9.09.0
60-644.4-6.06.0
65 and Over1.6-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). 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 Certificate16.3-10.110.1
Bachelor degree59.0-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma16.3-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV4.6-21.121.1
Year 122.9-18.118.1
Year 110.3-4.84.8
Year 10 and below0.7-12.512.5

A bachelor degree in education majoring in early education is needed to work as an Early Childhood Teacher. If you already have a degree in a relevant teaching field you can complete a postgraduate qualification in early education or diploma approved by the Australian Children's Education & Care Quality Authority.

Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers who want to teach in schools must be registered to teach in their state or territory. Those working in the early childhood care sector may also need to be registered in their state or territory.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • national police check
  • working with children check
  • first aid certificate
  • training in anaphylaxis and/or asthma management

Thinking about study or training?

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

  • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

Useful links and resources


The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

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

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and personal service

    63% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  2. Education and training

    53% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  3. English language

    44% Skill level

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

  4. Psychology

    42% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  5. Philosophy and theology

    38% Skill level

    Philosophical systems and religions, including their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and impact on society.

Occupational Information Network
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The skills and 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.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Face-to-face discussions

    96% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  2. Contact with people

    95% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  3. Teamwork

    93% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  4. Freedom to make decisions

    86% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  5. Physically close to people

    86% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and 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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