The skills and personality needed to be an Early Childhood Teacher are unlike any other job..
You must have a warm, smiling face that makes every child feel loved.
You must be able to laugh at jokes that you dont't understand, or you don't find funny. Child humor can be a confusing minefield to navigate.
You will have a little bit of quirkiness. If a child asks you to be the captain of a pirate ship, you will be the best pirate captain you can be.
You must feel comfortable telling everybody in the room that you are going to use the bathroom.
The ability to sing in tune is not necessary. The ability to sing out of tune to a crowd is essential.
Knowledge of children's television shows and movies would be advantageous.
A high level of multitasking is essential. Must be comfortable with a 5 minute job taking an hour.
You must be able to distribute hugs, as required.
The ability to rapidly count the heads of numerous moving small people is of the utmost importance.
Must be comfortable being seen on the way home with unknown substances on your clothing.
Must be comfortable talking about your bodily functions. A strong sense of smell is required to enable you to respond swiftly to said bodily functions.
You should not be averse to environments that at times resembles the aftermath of a tornado.
Pretending to realistically eat play dough creations is required - a skill that develops with experience.
You must be able to remain focused in environments with high noise levels.
The ability to remember the names of 40+ children, their parents, siblings, grandparents, pets and special toys is a key component to the job.
You must feel comfortable sitting on furniture that does not contain your entire behind.
A high level of comfort being asked personal questions is essential. Questions may include: What are you having for lunch? Can we share? Are you married? Why? Where are you going? (as you to to the toilet) and What did you do in there? (as you come out of the toilet).
You must have an understanding that the small people you have a strong relationship with during the week may utterly refuse to acknowledge you at the store. Your feelings must not be easily hurt.
You must have the ability to read a 10 page fairy tale with at least one interruption per page.
Showing a curiosity and interest in creepy crawlies is essential, even if they ar your biggest fear.
You must be prepared for a lot of fun in the workplace! Laughter is something you can expect to engage in for a large part of your working day.
Finally, you must be prepared to feel loved, special, and important to many young children and their families.