ELICOS ENGLISH COURSES
With most Australian parents working, the need for early childhood educators is going to rise over the next few years. In fact, in Victoria alone, more than 6,000 new early childhood teachers are going to be needed state-wide by 2026. If you wish to help and give the next generation the best start in life, then you should be armed with the necessary skills to shape children’s education, social skills and emotional wellbeing.
Hard and soft skills are both of equal importance for an early childhood educator to become an effective professional in the field.
An educator who will focus only on possessing hard skills may be able to deliver quality education but would find it difficult to manage a class with varying levels of learning pace, properly plan and deliver lessons, keep students engaged in class and be collaborative, and may have a hard time in collaborating with their peers in the academia such as colleagues and school administrators. Inversely, a teacher who has strong soft skills, but limited hard skills, may not be as competent when it comes to teaching but will excel in other aspects like teamwork, problem-solving, communication, and other facets which are essential for the profession.
That being said, early childhood educators should receive a well-balanced professional development for them not only to gain hard skills but also to develop their soft skills to make them better professionals that can contribute positively to the field of education.
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Essential Hard Skills for Early Childhood Educators:
Essential Soft Skills for Early Childhood Educators:
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All in all, a comprehensive professional development program is important for aspiring early childhood teachers as it allows them to build on their hard and soft skills, allowing them to learn new techniques and strategies to handle the intricacies of early childhood education. Through professional development, early education teachers can maximise their potential and hone their skills to move up in their chosen careers.
Do you wish to start your career in early childhood education but are unsure where to start in developing the skills needed?
The Global Business College of Australia (GBCA) offers two courses in early childhood education and care that focuses on nurturing your hard and soft skills for a career in early childhood education.
Learn more about our early childhood education courses below: