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Early childhood teachers may do some or all of the following

  • plan daily programmes, learning experiences and routines
  • implement Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum
  • educate and care for babies and children, working one to one or in groups
  • assess and record the learning and development of each child
  • discuss children's progress with their parents or caregivers, whānau and other education professionals
  • make or adapt learning resources
  • run workshops for parents, caregivers and whānau
  • attend social gatherings and hui
  • prepare budgets, order supplies and help manage the centre.

A key duty for kōhanga reo kaiako is to ensure the education and care they provide to children benefits children's te reo and tikanga Māori (Māori customs and culture) development.

Early childhood teachers need to have

  • teaching skills, and knowledge of different teaching strategies and learning styles
  • knowledge of Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum
  • knowledge of child learning and development, and of early literacy and numeracy
  • good communication skills and the ability to relate well to children and adults from a range of cultures
  • administration and report-writing skills
  • organisational, problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • knowledge of first aid.

Kōhanga reo kaiako also need to be competent in te reo Māori, and be knowledgeable about tikanga Māori (Māori culture and customs).

Early childhood teachers need to be

  • understanding and patient
  • firm but fair
  • creative, imaginative and resourceful
  • adaptable and able to make quick decisions
  • committed to the kōhanga reo kaupapa (Māori language nest concept), if working in a kōhanga reo.