Kindergarten Teaching

Kindergarten Teaching, also known as homeroom teaching, preschool or nursery are most commonly found in Tier 1 cities, as they are not a part of the public education system in China. Kindergarten Teaching is a highly energetic and playful role, offering young learners the ability to learn in an interactive and fun environment before they go to primary school. 

Get ready to use a variety of engaging stimuli and games to interact your students in an immersive learning environment. Kindergarten Teaching is energy driven, and you’ll need to be able to include all the young learners in fast-paced games. Don’t leave a child sat for too long, or they might fall asleep!

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Is Kindergarten Teaching Right for Me?

As a Kindergarten teacher, you’ll be required to use all your creativity to maintain student engagement, and sometimes you’ll have to adapt on the spot to a child or problem that comes up in the classroom. You’ll be expected to have high energy throughout your day, and a lot of patience. Singing, dancing, dressing up in costumes, and being silly all around are what a Kindergarten Teacher does best. You’ll not only see improvements in their English, which grows tremendously fast, but see improvements in all other aspects of their lives as they’ll be learning and copying you every step of the way.

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What is the salary for a Kindergarten Teacher in China?

1. 12,000RMB to 25,000RMB per month before tax
2. Accommodation Provided or an allowance included in your salary
3. Reimbursed Flights to come to China and to go home
4. Z-VISA support throughout your application, so you can come to China and teach legally
5. Fully paid public holidays throughout the year
6. Private Health Insurance
7. English speaking colleagues who can support you
8. Training and Development Opportunities

All the provided benefits are general benefits, and we’ll let you know what your Kindergarten offers before you sign a contract.

Requirements for Teaching ESL in a Kindergarten

  1. Fluent English speaker with a clear and audible accent
  2. Bachelor’s degree or above (non-native English speakers need to have theirs from a native English-speaking country)
  3. TEFL certificate, OR 2 years of teaching experience, OR English related degree
  4. Below the age of 60 years old
  5. No criminal record

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A Typical Week Teaching Kindergarten

Expect to work Monday to Friday and have a very long lunch break whilst the children are sleeping (up to 3 hours), with work hours typically from 08:00 to 17:00. As an English teacher of ages 18 months to 6, you will be more of a performer than a teacher, with the aim of making English learning fun, energetic and engaging, with plenty of songs in between to ensure your students aren’t walking around the classroom mid-lesson. Lessons are approximately 20 minutes long to a class size of 20 children. When you’re not teaching English, you’ll most likely be spending your time with the children through a variety of activities from Art, Sports and everything in between.

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Your FAQs

Yes, HiredinChina and your school can support you with anything you need. We’ve been through it all before.

Your school will apply for your VISA for you to work directly for them. We’ll be with you every step of the journey. We’ve created our own VISA support page. Remember, the VISA you’re applying for is a Z-VISA.

You will be employed directly by the school. HiredinChina helps you meet your perfect school.

Your contract will be a minimum of one year. Some contracts are two years long, depending on which school you teach in.

If you’re ill, don’t panic. You’ll have private insurance from which you can quickly be taken to a hospital with your school’s HR staff. They’ll support you until you’re better, translating everything throughout your journey. Once you’re better, you can claim the hospital bills against your insurance.

Yes, absolutely. You’ll have to go through your bank to legitimately send money home. To do this, follow the steps they give you. Your HR support at your school will be able to translate anything you need to properly do this.

Most class sizes are 12-25 students. Try to allow for different levels of learning throughout your class, so all your students are engaged.

That’s fantastic news! Not speaking Chinese is great for your students, as you’ll be able to immerse them in English more. To communicate to the locals, we recommend you learn English whilst teaching, to appreciate the culture more. We’ve put together a short basic mandarin guide to help you get kick-started before you come.

"Kindergarten Teaching is a fantastic experience and I encourage anyone to give it a go. The children are fantastically inquisitive and they're full of energy. I found I learnt Chinese the best around Kindergartners because of their slower, more simple Mandarin Chinese."
Luke Parker
ESL & IB Teacher