11 May 2017

Inspire the Future – Become an Early Childhood Educator

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Inspire the Future – Become an Early Childhood Educator

You are such a people-person. Great with kids, others always tell you you’d make a great teacher. People are naturally drawn to you for advice, support and always find a friend in you. If this sounds a bit familiar – read on. You could be on your way to becoming that inspiring figure others look to. Find out how you could step in to a fun, rewarding career that makes a very real difference.

Care for a Career?

Early Childhood Education professionals are in constant demand with the ongoing changes in New Zealand’s demographic makeup and challenges of living in a modern, tech-driven society. Preparing the next generation to succeed in an increasingly connected world – early childhood educators are required to have a range of hard and soft skills. Naturally empathetic, caring and attentive personal qualities form the foundation, layered with academic fundamentals of early childhood education. As with any other career or study, great attitude and personal drive to be the best goes a long way in ECE as well.

A day in the life of an Educator

Here are some of the common activities and responsibilities of an early childhood educator: 

• Educating pre-school children in a centre of home-based learning environment
• Running daily learning activities outlined by the curriculum
• Closely monitor and guide children’s learning and development
• Implement learning resources or make them your own
• Discuss and update children’s learning progress with the parents and caregivers
• Organise and attend social events and workshops for parents and caregivers
• Run the budget, order resources and manage the centre or home-based environment

Having a knowledge of teaching strategies to match these different learning styles, child learning and development, literacy and numeracy will set you on your way to becoming a highly sought after early childhood professional. 


What ECE experts have to say

NZSE’s School of Education is An NZQA accredited Category 1 provider, offering numerous industry-relevant ECE qualifications. From a Level 3 Certificate in Early Childhood Education to provide the foundations, NZSE now also offers higher study options such as the Level 5 Diploma in Early Childhood Education. Julie Dent ECE Programme Leader, provides an insight as to how “By embedding practical learning through interactive classroom sessions and placements in childcare settings, students are able to implement their learning in real life situations of the education and care of infants, toddlers and young children”.

Leave a positive legacy

Focused on producing high quality educators, NZSE School of Education provides a blended learning model – enabling the aspiring educator to work around lifestyle commitments and attend once-a-week class with online study, Saturday classes are even an option. Programmes are directed by tutors with over 20 years’ experience in early childhood education, who have witnessed the positive impact the field of education provides, in equipping others with practical knowledge and transferrable skills.

If you are considering leaving a truly valuable legacy by pursuing your passion to become an early childhood educator, get in touch with NZSE today by calling 0800 99 88 11 or email study@nzse.ac.nz visit the NZSE website.