What does a 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.

  • 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
  • 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 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.2 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Preschool Teacher Salaries

Average Base Pay

$31,271 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $31K
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Preschool Teacher Career Path

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Read what 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.”

U-GRO Learning CentresU-GRO Learning Centres
Early Childhood Teacher
Nov 13, 2019

“GRO is an amazing place to work and I wake up every day excited to go into work and see my U”

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.”

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!”

Assistant Preschool Teacher
Jun 14, 2020

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

Preschool Assistant Teacher
Aug 26, 2020

“Good per hour pay and flexible working hours.”

St. John's Lutheran Daycare Center
Early Childhood Assistant Director
Oct 3, 2020

“Great people and families to work with.”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a preschool teacher

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

The most similar professions to preschool teacher are:
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  • English Teacher
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The most common qualifications to become a 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.