What do preschool teachers do?
Not every job has nap time and snacks built into the day. But it's a part of a preschool teacher's day. Preschool teachers take care of and teach children typically between the ages of 3 and 5. Preschool teachers will incorporate lessons through songs, teaching child development basics such as speech and language, identifying colors, numbers, shapes and letters, fine and gross motor skills, and social skills.
What are the qualities of a good preschool teacher?
Enthusiasm for children. According to the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the most important characteristic for teachers of early childhood development is enthusiasm and passion for children.
- Patience and Humor.
- Communication Skills.
- Respect of Differences.
- Creativity and Flexibility
What kind of working schedule can i expect?
Preschool teachers in public schools generally work during school hours. Many work the traditional 10-month school year, which includes a 2-month break during the summer. Those working in day care settings may work longer hours and often work the whole year.
What kind of work environment will i work in?
Many preschool teachers work in public and private schools or in formal childcare centers that have preschool classrooms. Others work for charitable or religious organizations that have preschool programs or Head Start programs. Head Start programs receive federal funding for disadvantaged children between the ages of 3 and 5.
What are the minimum qualification for preschool teachers?
The minimum qualification for preschool teachers is a Level 1 qualification from the South African Qualifications Authority. This qualification entails basic knowledge and skills about child development, from birth to six-years-old. At this level, the teacher must demonstrate how to facilitate growth and skills development in early childhood development programs.
What king of Job Opportunities will i have?
Work as a Classroom assistant, working with babies at an Early Childhood Development site or as a Day mother.