What does a Preschool Teacher do?

A preschool teacher is responsible for leading classroom activities of young children between the age of three and five. Duties include actively engaging with children to foster a positive and healthy learning environment, conducting student assessments and providing reports and feedback on performance and behavior to parents.

Preschool teachers often require a bachelor's degree in education or a related field with most companies preferring certification from a national organization such as the Council for Professional Recognition. Candidates who perform well in this position enjoy interacting with young children and are patient and supportive toward the learning process. Other valuable attributes include excellent communication skills and a passion for the educational system.

What responsibilities are common for Preschool Teacher jobs?
  • Create plans for daily activities in line with the school curriculum
  • Engage with young children in activities that are age-appropriate whilst bearing educational merit
  • Foster a positive and healthy learning environment
  • Ensure the classroom is kept in a clean and safe condition at all times
  • Read stories to the children as a group activity
  • Encourage creative thinking and learning
  • Interact with other teachers and administrative staff as needed
  • Communicate with parents regarding child development and progress
What are the typical qualifications for Preschool Teacher jobs?
  • Certification from a national organization preferred
  • Prior experience working in Child Care
  • Up to date immunizations
  • Must pass a background check
  • Strong knowledge of educational techniques and methods for teaching young children
  • Patient and supportive approach to the learning process
  • Enthusiastic and encouraging
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to stand and move around for long hours at a time while teaching
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.3 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.3 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Preschool Teacher Salaries

Average Base Pay

US$50,000 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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US$50K
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Preschool Teacher Career Path

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Years of Experience Distribution

0 - 1
13%
2 - 4
38%
5 - 7
0%
8+
49%
Not including years spent in education and/or training

Preschool Teacher Insights

Read what Preschool Teacher professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Atlas Immersion AcademyAtlas Immersion Academy
Preschool Lead Teacher
14 Jan 2021

“Everyone is really sweet and we all definitely play as a team to get the job done.”

2000 Days Pre-Kindergarten2000 Days Pre-Kindergarten
Early Childhood Educator
16 Jun 2020

“There is also a great deal of uncertainty within this field when it comes to job security and job stability.”

Atelier KidsAtelier Kids
Early Childhood Educator
1 Mar 2022

“It is not worth the wage to work somewhere where you are not valued nor are your opinions.”

Rose Creative Preschool
Lead Preschool Teacher
3 Jan 2022

“It is a very small school so you cannot advance your career any further than lead teacher.”

City of TorontoCity of Toronto
Registered Early Childhood Educator
1 May 2022

“Good starting salary start at 32 an hour highest paying ece job i have seen in the GTA.”

DaycareDaycare
Registered Early Childhood Educator
24 Jan 2022

“the stress level is high because we have to monitor the children all the tiime.”

Primrose SchoolsPrimrose Schools
Preschool Teacher
3 Jun 2022

“No matter what role you have here you will end up being an underpaid glorified nanny/custodian who doesn't get benefits or sick days.”

JCYSJCYS
Assistant Preschool Teacher
14 Jun 2020

“Every teacher I have worked with was always nice and caring.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a Preschool Teacher

When working as a Preschool Teacher, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are CPR First Aid, English, Teaching Experience, CDA and Interpersonal and Communication.

The most similar professions to Preschool Teacher are:
  • Kindergarten Teacher
  • Substitute Teacher
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Teacher

The most common qualifications to become a Preschool Teacher is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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