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Early childhood teaching. Sounds fancy but what is it, actually? We crack down on some common misbeliefs in this rather unknown, yet rapidly growing area of education.

Lucy Davidson

Monday 04 February 2019

MYTH #1: it’s just glorified playtime – you don’t need a degree for that

Wrong! Kindergarten and early learning programs are led by fully qualified teachers. Teaching is an invaluable career path that requires quality training – a bachelor’s degree, to be exact – and high-level skills to be able create a dynamic education program for children under five. Many think early childhood teaching is just play-dough and finger painting, but it’s actually about designing a learning environment, through play, where the children get to have a big say in what they want to do. The teachers guide and support kids with the skills they need to prepare for school and thrive through life. Skills such as problem solving, social interaction, creativity, motor skills, and even empathy don’t just appear out of thin air – they are taught.

MYTH #2: There are hardly any jobs in early childhood teaching

Wrong! More and more parents are starting to recognise the importance of early education as neuroscience shines a light on the importance of early brain development. This means parents all around the world are looking for quality early childhood education teachers. Here in Australia, demand for early childhood teachers is already starting to exceed supply, and the government is predicting 25,000-50,000 new jobs by 2022! So it’s safe to say that there are many jobs in early childhood teaching, both now and in the future.

MYTH #3: You can only become a teacher and there are no other career options

Wrong! Completing a degree in early childhood education means you’ll not only have the skills to be a quality teacher, but you’ll also be equipped with the knowledge and training to pursue a career in all areas of education. For example, if you’re interested in the broader education space, you might work in policy to help change the way our education and care system works. Or if you’ve got a bit of an entrepreneurial streak, you might want to set up your own learning centre, social enterprise or lead a new program to help Australian businesses and communities reimagine the future of learning! The world is your oyster.

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MYTH #4: Early childhood teaching is not a respected profession

Wrong! As an early childhood teacher, you’re a part of a child’s most critical stage of brain development, which will ultimately have a huge impact on their lives. You play a seriously important role and are key to ensuring that each child has a strong foundation that they can carry forward into their futures. Parents are putting this faith into you. It’s a role with life-long impact. The skills that you teach the kids will set them up for life – and it’s up to you to design and implement the entire program. That’s a huge responsibility, but also a really exciting opportunity. With Future Tracks you’ll be getting a lot of support, respect and recognition from the community and the early childhood education sector for the important work you do.

MYTH #5: Kids don’t need to start learning at age 3 – they’ll just forget everything!

Wrong! The first five years of a child’s life are the most formative in brain development. In the first two years alone, over one million neural pathways are formed each second, these neural pathways form what is known as brain architecture – kind of like a blueprint for your brain! This is the foundation for everything including learning, behaviour and health. Studies show that depending on a child’s environment and experiences, the way they develop language, social, and emotional skills vary significantly – meaning that what they are learning, is very much sticking. Unforgettable – that’s what you (early education teachers) are.

BONUS MYTH #6: You can earn-while-you-learn during your uni degree in early childhood education

RIGHT! Sorry, we tricked you – this one isn’t a myth but a rock-solid fact. When you undertake a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) with Future Tracks, you’ll get access to mentoring, leadership and professional practice, AND get paid employment in an early learning centre! The program will take you four years to complete, and not only will you come out with top-notch, quality teaching skills, but you’ll also have some savings in the bank. Not many uni students can say the same. Early childhood teaching is a rewarding career (and educational experience), with many unique perks. Have we convinced you yet?

Places are limited though so don’t wait up! Apply now and secure your spot for a 2019 start