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Working As An Early Childhood Teacher

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • $47,663

    Average Salary

What Does An Early Childhood Teacher Do At Renown Health

* meeting the daily needs of the children, maintaining the necessary and appropriate routines; using age appropriate classroom curriculum and management practices; daily conversations and conferences with parents regarding their child; modeling behavior for and supporting coworkers; and providing coworkers and parents with informational training sessions.
* Nature and Scope: The major challenges to this position include: caring for children following the RIE and learning through play philosophies; showing acceptance and flexibility to meet the needs of individual children and parents; diplomacy with parents regarding the care of their child; awareness of daily fluctuating classroom ratios; and acceptance of and cooperation with coworkers unique talents and teaching techniques within the program philosophy.
* This position has the authority to communicate with parents on a daily basis regarding the child’s well being, nutrition, general health, etc.
* Follow discussion and approval of the manager/supervisor, lead, and caregiver, this position has authority to communicate with parents regarding a specific behavioral or developmental problem.
* This position can explain, instruct, or assign work to co-workers within their designated classroom.
* Other related duties and overtime may be required.
* This position does not provide patient care.
* The foregoing description is not intended and should not be construed to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills and efforts or work conditions associated with the job.
* It is intended to be an accurate reflection of the general nature and level of the job

What Does An Early Childhood Teacher Do At Winter Park Resort

* This position description is an overview of the scope of responsibilities for the role described above.
* With the evolution of Winter Park Resort, the responsibilities of this position may change as may the dates associated with many of the tasks.
* During these times of change, this position requires the flexibility and willingness to accept new responsibilities and potentially transfer others.
* It will also be the responsibility of any employee of Winter Park Resort to be a positive influence on the transformation of the resort and its associated lines of business.
* Associated topics: associate kindergarten teacher, baby, child, child care, early childhood, early education, infant, kindergarten, nursery education

What Does An Early Childhood Teacher Do At U-GRO Learning Centres

* Assist in the planning and implementation of developmentally appropriate programs, activities, and room decorations, following U
* GROs curriculum units for assigned class.
* Arrange and maintain a well-ordered classroom environment that is warm, safe and caring for the children, following U
* GRO and State standards.
* Supervise the children entrusted to your care.
* Ensure the safety and well-being of the children at all times.
* Maintain adequate and appropriate communication with parents on a daily basis.
* Address discipline issues promptly and in accordance with stated U
* GRO policy.
* Keep Director informed of issues/concerns within the classroom.
* Oversee all mealtime/snack time activities and nap time.
* Attend and participate in regular staff planning, evaluation meetings and teacher in-service training days.
* Benefits to Joining the U
* GRO TEAM: We offer full-time & part-time opportunities Employees are valued & recognized for their quality service Competitive compensation Child care discounts Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance 401K Plan Paid Time Off including 6 paid holidays Paid Professional Training PA Keystone STARS accredited We work together and we have FUN! For more information and on-line application instructions, please e-mail me, Brandi, at the e-mail address listed, or telephone me at

What Does An Early Childhood Teacher Do At Goodwill Industries of Central Texas, Inc.

* Provide continuous supervision of children to ensure their health and safety.
* Maintain compliance with all DFPS Minimum Standards for Licensing.
* Maintain an open, friendly and cooperative relationship with families.
* Implement educational activities and curriculum.
* Change diapers and feed infants.
* Lead children with Teaching Strategies’ Creative Curriculum for Infants.
* Implement GOLD Assessment tool to gauge child development.
* Observe, record, and communicate significant behaviors of children with parents and Director.
* Complete mandatory training requirements (Child Abuse Training, Pre
* Service Training, and Annual Training).
* Work a schedule following the Excel Center’s school calendar.
* Communicate in a positive, professional manner.
* Maintain a safe environment through sanitation, cleaning and organization.
* Complete and update tracking, enrollment and assessment paperwork periodically.
* Comfort crying or distressed children.
* This position does not have supervisory responsibilities

What Does An Early Childhood Teacher Do At Leake and Watts Services

* To provide instruction and supervision within a therapeutic classroom.
* To implement the philosophy of education as outlined in school policy.
* To be sensitive to the needs of a culturally diverse population.
* Prepare and implement lesson plans.
* Supervise the teacher aid/ assistant.
* Provide an atmosphere conductive to learning.
* Conduct on- going classroom based functional assessments.
* Prepare written educational progress reports, as required.
* Participate in development of individual education plans.
* Maintain classroom records and equipment.
* Participate in staff meetings and trainings.
* Confer with other staff, as required.
* Plan/ work collaboratively with staff and parents.
* Full-time, school calendar + summer programming
* NYS certified special education teacher
* Students with Disabilities (Birth Grade 2)
* Masters Degree in special education

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How To Become An Early Childhood Teacher

Education and training requirements vary based on settings and state regulations. They range from a high school diploma and certification to a college degree.


In childcare centers, preschool teachers generally are required to have a least a high school diploma and a certification in early childhood education. However, employers may prefer to hire workers with at least some postsecondary education in early childhood education.

Preschool teachers in Head Start programs are required to have at least an associate’s degree. However, at least 50 percent of all preschool teachers in Head Start programs nationwide must have a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education or a related field. Those with a degree in a related field must have experience teaching preschool-age children.

In public schools, preschool teachers are generally required to have at least a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education or a related field. Bachelor’s degree programs teach students about children’s development, strategies to teach young children, and how to observe and document children’s progress.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Some states require preschool teachers to obtain the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential offered by the Council for Professional Recognition. Obtaining the CDA credential requires coursework, experience in the field, a written exam, and observation of the candidate working with children. The CDA credential is valid for three years and requires renewal.

Some states recognize the Certified Childcare Professional (CCP) designation offered by the National Early Childhood Program Accreditation. Some of the requirements needed to obtain the CCP include that the candidate must be 18 years old, have a high school diploma, have experience in the field, take courses in early childhood education, and pass an exam. The CCP accreditation requires renewal every two years through the CCP maintenance process.

In public schools, preschool teachers must be licensed to teach early childhood education, which covers preschool through third grade. Requirements vary by state, but they generally require a bachelor’s degree and passing an exam to demonstrate competency. Most states require teachers to complete continuing education credits to maintain their license.

Other Experience

A few states require preschool teachers to have some work experience in a childcare setting. The amount of experience necessary varies by state. In these cases, preschool teachers often start out as childcare workers or teacher assistants.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Preschool teachers need good communication skills to talk to parents and colleagues about students’ progress. They need good writing and speaking skills to convey this information effectively. They must also be able to communicate well with small children.

Creativity. Preschool teachers must plan lessons that engage young students. In addition, they need to adapt their lessons to suit different learning styles.

Interpersonal skills. Preschool teachers must understand children’s emotional needs and be able to develop good relationships with parents, children, and colleagues.

Organizational skills. Teachers need to be organized to plan lessons and keep records of their students.

Patience. Working with children can be frustrating, and preschool teachers should be able to respond calmly to overwhelming and difficult situations.

Physical stamina. Working with children can be physically taxing, so preschool teachers should have a lot of energy.


Experienced preschool teachers can advance to become the director of a preschool or childcare center or a lead teacher, who may be responsible for the instruction of several classes. Those with a bachelor's degree in early childhood education frequently are qualified to teach kindergarten through grade 3, in addition to preschool. Teaching positions at these higher grades typically pay more. For more information, see the profiles on preschool and childcare center directors and kindergarten and elementary school teachers.

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Real Early Childhood Teacher Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Early Childhood Kindergarten Teacher Prince George's County Public Schools Bowie, MD Oct 01, 2009 $82,873
Teacher-Early Childhood Baltimore City Public Schools Baltimore, MD May 28, 2013 $69,664
Pre-K Early Childhood Education Teacher Prince George's County Public Schools Cheverly, MD May 01, 2011 $65,674
Early Childhood Education Teacher Prince George's County Public Schools Oxon Hill, MD Oct 01, 2010 $61,965
Early Childhood Teacher Potomac Lighthouse Public Charter School Washington, DC Jul 23, 2012 $56,000
Early Childhood Teacher Potomac Lighthouse Public Charter School Washington, DC Jan 20, 2014 $56,000
Early Childhood Teacher Potomac Preparatory Public Charter School Washington, DC May 12, 2015 $56,000
Early Childhood Teacher Lycee Francais de New York New York, NY Aug 01, 2013 $55,420 -
Early Childhood Education Teacher Prince George's County Public Schools Bowie, MD Oct 01, 2009 $54,907
Early Childhood Spanish Classroom Teacher Atlanta International School Atlanta, GA Sep 16, 2015 $53,000 -
Early Childhood Teacher Brooklyn Montessori Ltd New York, NY Sep 17, 2015 $52,590
Early Childhood Teacher Lycee Francais de New York New York, NY Aug 01, 2014 $51,146 -
Excite Early Childhood Teacher Lincoln Public Schools Lincoln, NE Aug 13, 2012 $51,107
Early Childhood Teachers Lycee Francais de New York New York, NY Jan 08, 2016 $51,000 -
Pre-K Early Childhood Teacher Prince George's County Public Schools Fort Washington, MD Jun 29, 2011 $44,799 -
Early Childhood Teacher WFM, LLC Rockville, MD Oct 01, 2013 $43,577
Early Childhood/Kindergarten Teacher Prince George's County Public Schools Bladensburg, MD Apr 14, 2009 $43,481 -
Early Childhood/Preschool Teacher Prince George's County Public Schools Capitol Heights, MD Apr 10, 2009 $43,481 -
Early Childhood/Kindergarten Teacher Prince George's County Public Schools Suitland, MD Apr 10, 2009 $43,481 -
Early Childhood/Kindergarten Teacher Prince George's County Public Schools Upper Marlboro, MD Apr 20, 2009 $43,481 -
Pre-K Early Childhood Teacher Prince George's County Public Schools Fort Washington, MD Dec 09, 2009 $43,481 -
Early Childhood/Kindergarten Teacher Prince George's County Public Schools Capitol Heights, MD Apr 15, 2009 $43,481 -
Early Childhood Teacher R & S Morey, Inc. Laguna Niguel, CA Jan 27, 2015 $34,112
Early Childhood Japanese and English Language Teac Gakkyusha U.S.A. Co., Ltd. San Mateo, CA Sep 21, 2012 $34,000
Early Childhood Teacher Independent School District #57, Garfield County Enid, OK Dec 31, 2013 $33,980
Early Childhood Teacher Lead Eagle Vally Childcare Association-Vail Vail, CO Apr 09, 2014 $33,392
Teacher, Early Childhood Georgetown Hill Early School Rockville, MD Oct 01, 2014 $33,392
Early Childhood Teacher 1 The Ohio State University Columbus, OH Jun 18, 2014 $33,301
Early Childhood Teacher Pat-Kam School and Early Childhood Center, Inc. Uniondale, NY Sep 14, 2015 $33,000

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Top Skills for An Early Childhood Teacher


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Top Early Childhood Teacher Skills

  1. Classroom Environment
  2. Weekly Lesson Plans
  3. Appropriate Curriculum
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed and analyzed organization strategies in order to achieve maximum productivity in the classroom environment.
  • Implemented weekly lesson plans that included activities focusing on gross and fine motor skills, language development and social growth.
  • Design, implement and develop appropriate curriculum according to guidelines established by the National Association for Young Children.
  • Mentored other early childhood teachers and offered suggestions to them very respectfully and professionally.
  • Set up, developed appropriate classroom styles and taught preschool and pre-kindergarten students.

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