Early childhood (pre-primary school) teacher


Also known as:

  • Early childhood educator
  • Kindergarten teacher

What they do

Early childhood teachers plan and supervise learning activities for young children. They facilitate the learning of young children through structured play and other activities such as music and story, art and creativity, and socialisation. They plan daily learning programs, monitor and assess the development of the children in their care, discuss their progress with parents or caregivers, and undertake other organisational or administrative duties such as writing reports and ordering any necessary educational supplies.

Specialisations include: Preschool director

Working conditions

Early childhood teachers work in pre-school centres such childcare centres, early education classes, kindergartens and schools. They work both indoors and outdoors, and may spend a lot of time standing. Although they usually teach during regular hours, they are also often required to work outside these hours in order to plan teaching activities and attend meetings.

Tools and technologies

Early childhood teachers use educational resources including books, toys, art materials, musical instruments and outdoor play equipment. They may also use computers, digital cameras and video recorders in their work.

How do I become one?

Education and training

To become an early childhood (pre-primary) school teacher, you usually need to study a degree in education majoring in early childhood education. Alternatively, you can undertake a postgraduate qualification in early childhood education after completing a degree in a relevant study area.

All universities in Western Australia offer relevant courses. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.

Required registration and licensing

To work as an early childhood (pre-primary) school teacher in Western Australia, you will need to obtain registration with the Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia (TRBWA). You will need to obtain a Working with Children Check from the Department of Communities and undergo a National Police History Check (NPHC) conducted by the Department of Education Screening Unit.