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Qualities and skills you need

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Qualifications give you the formal knowledge and skills you need to become an educator, teacher and leader in early childhood education and care.

Along with qualifications, the personal qualities and skills you have make a big difference in helping children love and want to learn every day they are with you.

So, with this in mind, what personal qualities and skills are required to become a skilled early childhood professional?

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Teachers and educators need to be able to communicate with children in a way that is age-appropriate.

It is also important to develop skills in communicating with families about their children's skills, abilities and achievements to provide the best learning experiences for their child.

The key to being a quality educator is being able to think outside the box to develop and deliver great learning outcomes for all children in your care. This is important as you will need to develop skills to engage children and families in a number of ways.

An energetic and creative teacher or educator will help children stay positive about learning every day. Learning should always be fun and laughter can often help children learn.

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You will need to have a love of teaching, but also a love of learning. Children will respond well to someone who is passionate about teaching and helping them learn.

Strong dedication and devotion to your work will lead to great learning outcomes for children.

You need to be able to plan well and stay organised. Children want routines and seek interactions from you that promote a positive learning environment.
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It is important to respect that every child and their family is unique.

Being aware of, and working with, the different strengths of each child can make you a more effective teacher or educator who is able to support each child to learn in their own way.

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Related information

Where you can work
Learn about the types of early education work places.

Roles and qualifications
Learn about the qualifications that you need to work in early childhood.

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Last updated 05 February 2019