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Early Childhood Teacher

Find out how to become an early childhood teacher in the education sector. Discover information on salary, growth, stability and occupational expectations.

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The current average salary of an Early Childhood Teacher is $49,740 - $66,430 annually


Early childhood teachers promote the intellectual, socio-emotional, and physical development among children aged 3-6. Employment for this role is expected to grow very strongly to 2022, from 47,000 workers in 2017 to 59,400 by 2022. 36,000 job openings are expected over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

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Key skills

Early childhood teachers must have excellent communication skills and ability, empathy, and patience to assist and care for young children.

  • Excellent English and numeracy skills to develop children’s knowledge in these areas
  • Top-notch communication skills for instructing and teaching children
  • High levels of patience and empathy for dealing with potential behavioural difficulties
  • Active and creative; can plan fun, dynamic tasks and activities for children to engage in
  • Observant; can detect signs of illness, emotional disturbance or other disabilities
  • A good understanding of child psychology

Quick facts

Most early childhood teachers in the Education sector are found in the education and training field. Here are a few key facts on the role of an early childhood teacher.

  • Average Hours Worked
    34.5 full-time hours per week vs. all jobs average of 40 hours
  • Main Industries
    Education and training; health care and social assistance; and public administration and safety
  • Average qualification level
    46.5% Bachelor Degree

* All information on this page has been complied using figures from and the Australian Government's - all figures are indications only, and are accurate at time of publication. Please do your own research before selecting a course or career.

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