Become A Preschool Teacher

This step by step will tell you everything you need to do in order to prepare yourself as a preschool teacher.

1. Career Advice

The first step in starting any career is to determine whether it is in fact the right option for you. The best place to start is by getting proper career guidance. This will confirm if you have the type of personality and physical attributes suited to work with small children. an adviser can help you select your subjects while still in high school and give you advice on further training to meet the entry level requirements. After graduation career adviser can assist you with other aspects such as creating a CV, discuss job hunting strategies and help you prepare for interviews. We recommend www.careeradvice.co.za for more information on this topic. You are also welcome to follow the following link to do a free career test.

2. Babysitting while still in high school

High school students who know they want a career in early childhood education should consider babysitting. Babysitting can be incredibly demanding, but if you enjoy it and can handle the challenges, this experience would give you the assurance that you have chosen the right path.

Babysitting requires strong communication skills and an ability to keep a young child’s mind occupied and engaged. If the babysitter’s communication and interpersonal skills are lacking, childcare work can provide practice toward resolving this. Experienced babysitters have strong problem-solving skills and are very patient with children. These two traits are important if you want to become a successful preschool teacher. This will not only prepare you for a career in ECD, but it will also fill your CV with work experience and references.

3. Training

To become a preschool teacher you must take early childhood education courses or degree programs. Practitioners grow in self-confidence and give better service if they are properly trained. Training can be done by means of formal and non-formal courses, group discussions and interaction with the caregivers of other places of care and also through attending seminars.

Requirements for practitioners vary, and they may include education and work experience.

Vocational Colleges, non-governmental organizations and other institutions offer formal and informal courses in child care. Training of caregivers should include training on HIV/AIDS and first aid. Please also refer to the page: QUALIFICATIONS for a directory of education providers.

4. Appropriate work experience

In order for teachers to further their careers, hey need some practical experience. An early childhood practitioner must have at least three years experience working with young children in an informal or formal ECD site.

An ECD site supervisor must have an minimum of five years experience of working in the ECD field.