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Most people know what childcare is all about. But not many people really understand the role of an early childhood teacher. But that’s all about to change. As a teacher, you will still play a caring role with children but you will also have a deep understanding of how a child’s brain develops in the first five years – the time we learn faster that at any other time in our lives – and you’ll be able to help that development at this crucial time.

Early childhood educators have a Diploma or a Certificate III while a teacher has a four-year bachelor’s degree.

As the evidence grows about how significantly a child’s brain develops in the first five years, the emphasis is now moving towards describing learning and care settings as early childhood education. But while there’s a shift in the language, there are still lots of care and cuddles!