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As fully qualified teachers, they have the skills and knowledge to design a highly engaging and dynamic program for young children so they are better prepared for school and their future. They have deep knowledge of the way a child’s brain develops in the first five years – a crucial time for learning and development.

They support and guide children through play-based activities and they enhance their engagement in everything from reading, writing and counting to better coordination when catching a ball. They also help children recognise their emotions and develop their own tools to regulate their behaviour.

Early childhood teachers can also recognise when a child needs more support or encouragement in a specific area, either because they are struggling or because they need new challenges.

Currently 1 in 5 children are developmentally vulnerable when they start school and this rate is doubled for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

Early childhood teachers can be key to helping children stay on track or get back on track. They co-design the program with children and parents so that no two programs are alike. They think about a child’s individual needs and the needs of the group.