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.

What responsibilities are common for 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 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
3.3 ★
Total Pay--
Career Opportunity
3.3 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

How much does a Preschool Teacher make?

Confident
$38,196 /yr
Total Pay
$36,322
 /yr

Base Pay

+
$1,873
 /yr

Additional Pay

$38,196

 / yr
$29K$51K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range
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Preschool Teacher Career Path

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

Preschool Teacher
$38,196/yr
Preschool Teacher III
$43,902/yr
Preschool Teacher

Years of Experience Distribution

0 - 1
13%
2 - 4
38%
5 - 7
0%
8+
49%
Not including years spent in education and/or training

Preschool Teacher Insights

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.”

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.”

Primrose SchoolsPrimrose Schools
Preschool Teacher
Jun 3, 2022

“No matter what role you have here you will end up being an underpaid glorified nanny/custodian who doesn't get benefits or sick days.”

Sung Star Academy
Preschool Teacher Assistant
Jun 10, 2022

“My boss is the absolute best and the people are awesome and so nice.”

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

“Great people and families to work with.”

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Preschool Teacher Interviews

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:
  • Kindergarten Teacher
  • Substitute Teacher
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Teacher

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.

Related Careers

Kindergarten Teacher
$46,127
13% skills overlap
Substitute Teacher
$41,211
38% skills overlap
Elementary School Teacher
$55,696
50% skills overlap
Teacher
$45,313
75% skills overlap

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