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Qualities and skills you need

Qualifications give you the formal knowledge and skills you need to become an educator, teacher and leader in early childhood education and care.

They are the building blocks for being a quality educator and for developing quality educational programs that give children the head start they need in their life of learning.

And, along with qualifications, the personal qualities and skills you have make a big difference in helping children love and want to learn every day they're with you.

So, with this in mind, what personal qualities and skills make for a top notch early childhood educator?

Be a good communicator
Be able to communicate with children at their level. Also, develop skills in communicating well with families about their children's strengths.

Be passionate and authentic
It's vital to be passionate about what you do and believe in why you're doing it. Children will know if you love and believe in your job, and will respond well to someone who wants to teach them.

Always persevere
Strong dedication and devotion to your work will lead to great learning outcomes for children.

Be practical and patient but also be willing to take risks
Being practical means you know how to use the resources you have to support children to learn. Being patient is important for working within the early childhood education and care system and working with children and their families.

Your willingness to take risks means that sometimes you'll look for other solutions-things that might sit a bit outside the normal way of doing things to improve each child's learning.

Be flexible
Any person working in early childhood education and care, including educator, teacher and leader, needs to deal well with change, whether expected or unexpected and whether positive or challenging.

Respect children and families
In early childhood education and care, it's so very important to respect each child and their family's uniqueness. Being aware of and working with the different strengths of each child can make you a more effective educator to support each child to learn in their own way.

Be creative

You're working with children and that means being able to think outside the square is key to developing and delivering great learning outcomes.

Love learning
You must love to learn. Children will want to learn from someone who are themselves passionate about finding things out. Enthusiasm for learning is absolutely infectious.

Be energetic
An energetic educator will help children stay positive about learning.

Have a sense of humour
Learning should always be fun and laughter can often help children learn.

Be organised
You need to be able to plan well and stay organised. Children want predictable routines and seek interactions from you that promote a positive learning environment.

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Last updated
10 January 2018
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