Teaching – Early Childhood

Early Childhood Teaching is about training as an early childhood teacher, including kindergarten or preschool.

Early childhood teachers help young children to develop in five main areas: social, physical, intellectual, creative, emotional.

Training as an early childhood teacher involves learning about how young children learn, teaching methods and classroom management techniques.

This usually includes teaching experience (with real students!).

NZ university majors related to this area

Though in the same subject area, they may be very different.

Did you know?

The five areas of early childhood development mentioned above are sometimes referred to as the 'SPICE' of life. (Can you see why?!)

The word "kindergarten" is German for "children garden".

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!) and registration.

  • Early childhood teacher
  • Steiner early childhood teacher
  • Montessori early childhood teacher
  • Kōhanga reo teacher
  • Māori language early childhood teacher
  • Pacifica early childhood teacher
  • Special education early childhood teacher
  • Kindergarten teacher
  • Preschool teacher
  • Education policy analyst
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects


134% of national
median earnings


Further study
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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