What does an Assistant Preschool Teacher do?

A preschool teacher is responsible for leading classroom activities of young children between the age of three and five. Duties include actively engaging with children to foster a positive and healthy learning environment, conducting student assessments and providing reports and feedback on performance and behavior to parents.

Preschool teachers often require a bachelor's degree in education or a related field with most companies preferring certification from a national organization such as the Council for Professional Recognition. Candidates who perform well in this position enjoy interacting with young children and are patient and supportive toward the learning process. Other valuable attributes include excellent communication skills and a passion for the educational system.

What responsibilities are common for Assistant Preschool Teacher jobs?
  • Create plans for daily activities in line with the school curriculum
  • Engage with young children in activities that are age-appropriate whilst bearing educational merit
  • Foster a positive and healthy learning environment
  • Ensure the classroom is kept in a clean and safe condition at all times
  • Read stories to the children as a group activity
  • Encourage creative thinking and learning
  • Interact with other teachers and administrative staff as needed
  • Communicate with parents regarding child development and progress
What are the typical qualifications for Assistant Preschool Teacher jobs?
  • Certification from a national organization preferred
  • Prior experience working in Child Care
  • Up to date immunizations
  • Must pass a background check
  • Strong knowledge of educational techniques and methods for teaching young children
  • Patient and supportive approach to the learning process
  • Enthusiastic and encouraging
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to stand and move around for long hours at a time while teaching
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.4 ★
Total Pay--
Career Opportunity
3.3 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

How much does an Assistant Preschool Teacher make?

Assistant Preschool Teacher Career Path

Learn how to become an Assistant Preschool Teacher, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L2
Assistant Preschool Teacher
$54,437/yr
L3
L2

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
24%
2 - 4
5%
5 - 7
0%
8+
71%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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Assistant Preschool Teacher Insights

Read what Assistant Preschool Teacher professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Atlas Immersion AcademyAtlas Immersion Academy
Preschool Lead Teacher
Jan 14, 2021

“Everyone is really sweet and we all definitely play as a team to get the job done.”

2000 Days Pre-Kindergarten2000 Days Pre-Kindergarten
Early Childhood Educator
Jun 16, 2020

“There is also a great deal of uncertainty within this field when it comes to job security and job stability.”

Atelier KidsAtelier Kids
Early Childhood Educator
Mar 1, 2022

“It is not worth the wage to work somewhere where you are not valued nor are your opinions.”

Rose Creative Preschool
Lead Preschool Teacher
Jan 3, 2022

“It is a very small school so you cannot advance your career any further than lead teacher.”

City of TorontoCity of Toronto
Registered Early Childhood Educator
May 1, 2022

“Good starting salary start at 32 an hour highest paying ece job i have seen in the GTA.”

DaycareDaycare
Registered Early Childhood Educator
Jan 24, 2022

“the stress level is high because we have to monitor the children all the tiime.”

Premier Learning AcademyPremier Learning Academy
Preschool Teacher
Feb 20, 2020

“There is nothing better than coming to work and feeling like part of a family and loving your job!”

JCYSJCYS
Assistant Preschool Teacher
Jun 14, 2020

“Every teacher I have worked with was always nice and caring.”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of an Assistant Preschool Teacher

When working as an Assistant Preschool Teacher, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are CPR First Aid, English, Interpersonal and Communication, CDA, and Teaching Experience.

The most similar professions to Assistant Preschool Teacher are:
  • Kindergarten Teacher
  • Substitute Teacher
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Teacher

The most common qualifications to become an Assistant Preschool Teacher include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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