Australia doesn’t have enough local early childhood teachers, or preschool teachers, to fill all the gaps in the job market. Seeing as this is an important profession to Australia, the government decided to add early childhood teachers to the Medium and Long-term Skill Shortage List. This makes it easier for preschools in need of teachers to hire from overseas.
Your occupation appearing on the MLTSSL is only the first step.
Each occupation has a code assigned to it, a skill level and also an assessing authority, and you have to meet all the criteria associated with these different parts of the process to qualify for a skilled migration visa.
The ANZSCO code assigned to early childhood teachers are 241111. This code gives us more details about the criteria early childhood teachers must meet in order to qualify to emigrate to Australia.
The first thing we look at is the group that early childhood teachers fall under:
Major Group: 2 – Professionals | Sub-Major Group: 24 – Education Professionals | Minor Group: 241 – School Teachers | Unit Group: 2411 – Early Childhood (Pre-Primary School) Teachers
As you can see there are four groups showing how the code is made up – we are mostly interested in the code (241111) which is specific to early childhood
Description of Role
This part of the ANZSCO criteria lays out a broad description of what an early childhood teacher is supposed to be able to do:
Plans, organises and conducts activities to help pre-primary school students to develop a wide variety of skills including speech, reading, writing, motor skills and social interaction.
Required Skill Level
Early childhood teachers are a Skill Level 1, which means you must have a level of skill comparable with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. In the absence of a formal qualification, at least five years of relevant experience may act as a substitute.
In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.
When applying for emigration as an early childhood teacher, you must be able to demonstrate or prove that you can perform the majority of the tasks below:
- Planning and structuring learning in both indoor and outdoor environments using a variety of materials and equipment to facilitate students’ development.
- Providing a variety of experiences and activities to develop motor skills, cooperative social skills, confidence and understanding.
- Promoting language development through story telling, role play, songs, rhymes and informal discussions held individually and within groups.
- Observing students to evaluate progress and to detect signs of ill health, emotional disturbance and other disabilities.
- Observing nutritional health, welfare and safety needs of students and identifying factors which may impede students’ progress.
- Discussing students’ progress with parents.
- Attending parent interviews, and staff and committee meetings.
- Participating in community and family support programs as appropriate.
- Supervising student teachers on placement.
Many people mistakenly think that finding a job is the first step when immigrating.
In fact, the first step should always be an immigration assessment to see if you have the necessary skills, qualifications and experience to live and work in Australia.
Our reasoning is two-fold:
1) If you don’t meet the requirements for skilled migration, you won’t be able to apply for a visa.
2) When you know that you’re eligible for migration, you can job hunt with confidence. Employers are much more likely to extend job offers if they know that you can work in Australia.
The golden rule? Do an assessment, then find a job.