What does a Preschool Teacher do?
A preschool teacher is responsible for leading classroom activities of young children between the age of three and five. Duties include actively engaging with children to foster a positive and healthy learning environment, conducting student assessments and providing reports and feedback on performance and behavior to parents.
Preschool teachers often require a bachelor's degree in education or a related field with most companies preferring certification from a national organization such as the Council for Professional Recognition. Candidates who perform well in this position enjoy interacting with young children and are patient and supportive toward the learning process. Other valuable attributes include excellent communication skills and a passion for the educational system.
- Create plans for daily activities in line with the school curriculum
- Engage with young children in activities that are age-appropriate whilst bearing educational merit
- Foster a positive and healthy learning environment
- Ensure the classroom is kept in a clean and safe condition at all times
- Read stories to the children as a group activity
- Encourage creative thinking and learning
- Interact with other teachers and administrative staff as needed
- Communicate with parents regarding child development and progress
- Certification from a national organization preferred
- Prior experience working in Child Care
- Up to date immunizations
- Must pass a background check
- Strong knowledge of educational techniques and methods for teaching young children
- Patient and supportive approach to the learning process
- Enthusiastic and encouraging
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Ability to stand and move around for long hours at a time while teaching
Preschool Teacher Salaries
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Preschool Teacher Career Path
Learn how to become a Preschool Teacher, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.
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Preschool Teacher Insights
“Everyone is really sweet and we all definitely play as a team to get the job done.”
“It is not worth the wage to work somewhere where you are not valued nor are your opinions.”
“It is a very small school so you cannot advance your career any further than lead teacher.”
“Good starting salary start at 32 an hour highest paying ece job i have seen in the GTA.”
“the stress level is high because we have to monitor the children all the tiime.”
“No matter what role you have here you will end up being an underpaid glorified nanny/custodian who doesn't get benefits or sick days.”
“My boss is the absolute best and the people are awesome and so nice.”
“The Challenger curriculum is great and fun to teach.”
Preschool Teacher Interviews
Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a Preschool Teacher
When working as a Preschool Teacher, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are CPR First Aid, English, Teaching Experience, CDA and Interpersonal and Communication.
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The most common qualifications to become a Preschool Teacher is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.