Advancing Your Career

Preschool teachers can advance from assistant teacher to teacher. You can also become the director of the preschool. With the proper certification, you can become a primary school teacher through third grade teacher.

Career progression may be through a specialist curriculum or pastoral role, or by moving into management. Mobility can improve prospects. Teachers may become coordinators of their specialist subject or a cross-curricular area, such as special needs.

Some teachers move out of schools and into other related jobs

Employers outside education also value many of the skills you gained as a teacher. Some teachers retrain for other careers, such as social work, guidance work or management roles within the public or private sector, where they continue to use the skills acquired in teaching. Adult and continuing education

  • Teaching early childhood education
  • Further education and training (school level)
  • Management
  • Specialise in one aspect of child development
  • Inspection
  • Local education authority or examination board administration
  • Museums, art galleries and zoos employ teachers as education officers.

Own business:

There are some opportunities for self-employment. These include private tutoring, writing educational materials and running a small private school. Whether it is a franchise or original business – the possibilities are endless! Think about

  • Starting your own playgroup, day care, crèche, nursery etc.
  • Group facilitator

Examples are Moms and Tots, Moms and miracles, Pienkvoet pret, Kindermuziek etc.

The internet provide many opportunities to advertise your business for example: www.bizbay.co.za/Services/Child-Day-Care

Courses such as bookkeeping, small business management, web design, arts & crafts, marketing, management, sport coaching might also be a valuable source of skills and knowledge in your own business.

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Self-development

Career growth should be your own responsibility from early on in your career. Personal growth and job satisfaction will come from an ongoing plan to learn, develop and reinventing yourself. The very first question you have to ask is – what qualities do you need to be a good preschool teacher?

If you want to be a good preschool teacher, you will need patience. Every child is different and you are going to have to know how to handle each one. One may be very shy, while another may be very hyperactive. You need to treat each child differently. Early education training approaches the subject of classroom management and dealing with a variety of personalities.

It would also be beneficial to have some special training regarding special needs children. A certificate for first aid and CPR are also a plus, and some states may even mandate having CPR training before becoming a licensed teacher.

Work for a reputable preschool or day care

Looking for work as a preschool teacher can be frustrating in that some pay very little. Salaries vary widely from area to area, so you can consider working outside of your general locale, if desired, for a better salary. This is where your love for children and teaching is more important to you than your salary.

Further and continuous study

The key to stay up to date with knowledge and skills in early childhood education is distance education. By means of correspondence studies, you can learn and develop or even retrain without leaving your job. Being a good teacher is all about to never quit being a student.