kindergarten teaching jobs

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

We’ve put together a Resources Page to answer your most frequent questions. From Saving Money, to Getting Your Z-VISA, we have gone into detail there.

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 have a minimum of a one-year contract, that will be full-time. You can save a lot of money teaching in China, and we’ve put together more information for you to read.

When you are directly employed by the school, they will offer you insurance. This means private level care. Be sure to check your contract for sick days.

You will have to go through your bank to legitimately send money home. To do this, follow the steps they give you. Your school will help support you and will be able to translate anything you need.

That is fantastic news! Not speaking Chinese is great for your students, as you will be able to immerse them in English more. We’ve also put together an Essential Mandarin Guide, and Benefits For Learning Mandarin when you’re exploring.