Toddler teachers work closely with the child - generally in a daycare or preschool setting - and instruct them different subjects. In addition to teaching, toddler teachers are also responsible for the general care of the child (for example, ensuring the child's safety).
Toddler teachers assist in potty training, playing well with others, and developing knowledge and social skills that the child will need later on in life. They teach the children in their care the proper way to eat and drink, as well as basic table manners. Toddler teachers are responsible for making lesson plans, as well as coming up with new and fun things to keep the toddlers interested. Shifts for toddler teachers usually include weekdays during the day. However, some companies offer overnight and weekend toddler teachers.
Toddler teachers spend a lot of time with the children they teach, so they must be passionate about their job and love to be around children. Parents often leave their children most of the day with the toddler teacher, so it important that the teacher develops a bond with the parent and the child.
Toddler teacher positions generally require at least a high school diploma or a GED. Some employers may also require prior relevant work experience and references. Candidates are also required to pass a drug test, as well as a criminal background check.
Toddler Teacher Tasks
- Maintain safety and cleanliness of daycare center.
- Oversee child interactions and play, and ensure a safe and supportive environment.
- Communicate clearly and concisely with parents about schedules, problems, and offerings.
- Prepare daily activities and schedule, setting up educational and entertaining offerings.
- Prepare and clean up after snacks and lunch.