We all remember that one teacher who inspired us from a very early age. Chances are it was a person inclined to nurture and support young minds to learn, play and grow. This feels pretty natural to some people – and you might even be one of them.
If qualities like these sound similar to how you would be described, a rewarding career in early childhood education is just around the corner.
The ability to inspire young minds
Children are born to learn. In the early years of life young minds develop rapidly, with almost one million neural connections forming every second. Early childhood education provides a backdrop for this amazing process to take place. Research shows it gives children the best start, helping them develop skills they will use for the rest of their lives.
Some people have a natural affinity with children and the ability to inspire young minds. They like children and believe in the value of learning through play. They are patient and enjoy watching children make friends and learn how to do exciting new things. These people are born to teach.
The best educators are those who can make learning healthy and fun, creating positive learning behaviours from an early age.
The desire to nurture creativity
You don’t necessarily have to be ‘arty’ to understand the importance of creativity. It gives children the opportunity to try out new ideas, use their imagination, problem-solve, develop shared interests and make lifelong friends.
People who are born to nurture creativity in children know that it enables children to develop and express complex thoughts and feelings. Observant educators watch the way children create and let it tell them how the child is feeling, what they’re learning, what they care about and need.
If you have the desire to encourage creative play, you might have what it takes to help children develop important cognitive, social and emotional skills that will take them far in life.
The qualities to be a great role-model
Why do children need role models? The answer is pretty straightforward – children need good role models to learn positive behaviours.
For some people, modelling great behaviour comes easily. You might be patient, kind, caring, responsible, persistent and confident. You might take a positive approach to learning and play. You may be enthusiastic and enjoy communicating in clear, helpful ways. You’re probably diplomatic and often put yourself in other people’s shoes.
If you have any of these qualities, you were born to be a fantastic role-model.
Become an early childhood educator and love what you do
For those born to teach, inspire, nurture and role-model, there’s a lot to love about working in early childhood education and care. It won’t even feel like work when you get to apply your passion and natural abilities to your dream career.
With many career and study pathways to choose from, you’ll find something that works for you. Once you’re qualified it will be time to decide where you’ll work, and with high job demand in early childhood education there is plenty of opportunity to find the perfect position to suit your lifestyle.
Change your career, change your life
Perhaps you’ve read this far and decided that you have what it takes to become a great early educator even though you already work in a different job. Many people find that a career change is the perfect way to give your life a shake up and discover renewed passion in a different role.
The best thing is that chances are you’ll already have some transferrable skills that will help you transition from your old role into your new career in early childhood education and care.
Take the next steps
If you want to pursue a rewarding career, it’s time to take the next step and enrol in a course. Our Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is your starting point, covering the fundamentals of early learning and preparing you for a variety of roles.
Our courses in early learning are nationally recognised and we’re proud to say our learners are satisfied. We want you to love your learning journey – which is why you’ll have flexible study options, the ability to gain experience via practical placement, and the support of your trainers from start to finish.
Just like you, the team at Selmar was born to educate, nurture and inspire. Let us help you to find your path in life.