Kindergarten teachers, room leaders, and educators in childcare centres make a real difference in the lives of their students every day. The Early Childhood sector is dynamic and constantly changing, making it ideal for people who love creative problem solving and are passionate about education.
And the good news is that there’s no better time to start! With the Victorian government rolling out its Three-year-old Kinder initiative, there is plenty of government support and funding available for anyone looking to enter the field. If you’re thinking of taking advantage of the huge opportunities in the Early Childhood sector, here’s what you need to know to get started!
What skills do I need?
As an educator working in a childcare centre, you will be expected to work in a team and communicate well with other adults as well as children. And after some experience working, you might also be interested in becoming a room leader, a role that involves a lot of quick thinking and leadership skills.
Qualities that are in high demand:
You’ll also be expected to have good time management and organisation skills to help you plan lessons and activities that meet the learning objectives of the children in your care. But don’t let that intimidate you! You likely won’t be handling all that by yourself on the first day. Your team, all individuals with different roles to play in the workplace, will be there to support and guide you.
What kind of jobs can I do in Early Childhood?
If you’ve been looking at job ads recently in Early Childhood, you’ve likely come across listings for “Early Childhood Educators” as well as “Kindergarten Room Leaders”. These are not the same type of job, and if you look at the job description, you can see that they serve different roles
An Early Childhood Educator’s role is different and varies widely between different work environments. Many act as assistants to kindergarten teachers and room leaders, including helping with administrative duties like recording student progress and behaviour as well as communicating to parents. Some places will also have their Educators take a more active role in teaching and leading the children through activities.
Educators play a vital role in the Early Childhood industry. Whether you’re employed at a full-time, part-time, or casual level, you’re guaranteed to be a valued member of the team and be challenged to think creatively.