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Working as an Early Childhood Educator

Early childhood educators care for the social, emotional, physical and educational needs of infants and young children in various care settings.

Early childhood educators may perform the following tasks:

  • plan and implement developmental programs based on observation of individual children
  • observe and record children’s growth, behaviour and development, and discuss these with parents
  • integrate children with special needs into the program, modifying the program and the physical environment if necessary
  • supervise and train staff
  • prepare play and learning materials and set up the children’s environment
  • supervise children’s play, ensuring their physical safety at all times
  • help children with daily routines such as toileting, dressing, eating and sleeping
  • guide children’s behaviour and social development
  • prepare light snacks and meals
  • maintain a safe, clean and appealing environment
  • perform basic first aid in emergencies.


Out-of-school Services Worker

An out-of-school services worker provides stimulating and developmentally appropriate activities for children aged five to twelve years. Hours of duty vary for after-school and vacation care (ranging from part time or casual to full time).

Early childhood educators’ duties and hours of work vary. Shiftwork is often required. Early childhood educators often share basic tasks and work in teams. They spend long periods on their feet and often have to lift and carry children and move equipment.

 Personal Requirements:

  • alert, observant and active
  • able to use judgment and initiative
  • willing to accept responsibility
  • able to work as part of a team
  • able to relate well to children and their parents
  • patient
  • able to lift children and equipment.

 Related Jobs:

  • Care Worker
  • Family Day Care Educator
  • House Parent
  • Nanny
  • Teacher – Early Childhood

Reinvent Your Career would like to thank the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations where this article first appeared.

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