Are you trying to think about what course to take up in university? Perhaps you feel like you aren’t on the right track and want to find what the right path really is for you. Well, if you are the type of person who enjoys being around young children, you might want to consider a career as an early education professional. It does not automatically mean becoming a teacher, though.
Tracks under Early Childhood Education
According to James Cook University Singapore, when you take up early childhood education, you are getting ready to make a difference in the lives of children before and during their early years of schooling. This can happen even when you are not directly involved in teaching them in a traditional academic setting.
The Early Childhood Development Agency lists some professions under the early childhood education umbrella: Pre-School Teachers, who ensure the holistic development of 4 to 6 year olds, Early Years Educarers, who work with infants and toddlers aged 0 to 3 years and Centre Leader, who manages and mentors early childhood professionals.
Requirements to be an Early Education Professional
As a pre-school teacher, you need to be passionate about and interested in the development of young children. As such, you should be able to communicate and work well with children and their families.
As an educarer, you should have a passion and interest in the development of infants, toddlers and young children. Like a pre-school teacher, you need good communication skills and the ability to work smoothly with young ones and their families.
Finally, if you want a career as a centre leader, you need strong leadership qualities and good interpersonal skills. This allows you to efficiently manage a centre and its employees as well as coordinate with its partners.
Does any of the three sound interesting to you? Maybe a career in early childhood education is for you.