Early Childhood Education in China 

In China, children usually begin elementary school at 6 years of age. Generally, there are three types of early childhood education programs for the under 6 age group that parents in China can consider for their kids with programs being provided by both government and licensed private schools:

  • Nurseries – under 3 years old
  • Kindergartens – 3 to 6 years old 
  • Pre-primary Program – 5 years old 
With Teachers For Asia, the majority of our quality guaranteed schools that deliver early childhood education in China are private Kindergartens, meaning that as an early childhood teacher you will primarily work with kids from 2.5-6 years old.
A high quality early childhood education program is designed to maximise child learning capacity at a crucial point in their overall development. As an early childhood teacher in China, you will help your young students in their language ability, physical development, creativity, social skills development and positive learning habits.

We explain clearly to our teachers, the details of the international school teaching positions we have available, and about each individual school that may be a good match based on what your preferences are. Additionally, we help you to prepare for school interviews, and should you be offered a new international school teaching job we will provide all the support you need from the visa application process for teaching, to preparing to arrive at your new school as well as being there in a supportive role throughout your international school teaching contract. Best of all, we do not charge our teachers any registration fees (or any other fees!) for our international teaching services.

Early Childhood Education in China

In China, children usually begin elementary school at 6 years of age. Generally, there are three types of early childhood education programs for the under 6 age group that parents in China can consider for their kids with programs being provided by both government and licensed private schools:

  • Nurseries – under 3 years old
  • Kindergartens – 3 to 6 years old 
  • Pre-primary Program – 5 years old 
With Teachers For Asia, the majority of our quality guaranteed schools that deliver early childhood education in China are private Kindergartens, meaning that as an early childhood teacher you will primarily work with kids from 2.5-6 years old.
A high quality early childhood education program is designed to maximise child learning capacity at a crucial point in their overall development. As an early childhood teacher in China, you will help your young students in their language ability, physical development, creativity, social skills development and positive learning habits.

Interview Process

  • Positions are available in September & February each year, it is important to apply as far in advance of these dates as possible
  • Our recruiter will talk with you about your plans, preferences and discuss possible suitable international school jobs with you
  • Should our school(s) be interested in your application, you will have a 1-2 step interview process prior to a job offer being made
  • If you accept your new international school position, we will help you to start preparing your documents and everything you need for moving
  • We are with you each step of the way, including throughout the duration of your contract
Additional Typical Requirements for Early Childhood Teachers: 
  • 1-2 years prior teaching experience is a preferred but not essential. Teachers without experience will be considered, again provided you have lots of enthusiasm to work with Children
  • Non-Criminal Background check
  • A minimum of a 120-hour TEFL certificate is required for the China Z-Visa application process
Start Dates for Early Childhood Jobs in China
With several of our key partner, quality guaranteed schools in China, vacancies are usually available every 1-2 months. This means that whatever the preferred start date you have in mind, and provided your application is successful you can start teaching during any month. Additional client schools where our teachers work will only have start dates available for March or September each year. In any event, we highly recommend getting in touch with us anywhere from 3-6 months before you wish to start your new job in China.
Your Day as an Early Childhood Teacher
  • Your number one priority will be to provide a safe and supportive learning and social environment for each of your students
  • The weekly schedule will be 5 days, and either Monday-Friday or for example Wednesday-Sunday (weekends are often busy school days throughout Asia!)
  • Schools often (but not always) provide full catering for their students and teachers. Your morning may begin with having breakfast at school with your students
  • When class starts, morning activities often begin with songs or physical movement to appeal to your students Aural and Physical learning styles and to get your students energised for the day ahead
  • Depending on your own school’s curriculum, additional teaching activities will include English Language Arts, Arts and Craft, Drama or Music with class periods of between 25-40 mins.
  • Early Childhood Curricula in China can be influenced by existing international curricula such as International Baccalaureate – IB (PYP), national curricula from English speaking countries, or a specialised ‘in-house’ school developed curriculum.
Current Early Childhood Vacancies – Multiple Cities 
Early Childhood TEFL Jobs (Applicants without experience welcome to apply) 
  • Monthly Salary 11,000 – 16,000 RMB per month
  • Housing allowance 2,000 RMB per month
  • Flight allowance 6,000 RMB on the completion of the contract
  • Arrival bonus 6,000 RMB extra paid on top of salary (one-time payment)
  • Contract completion bonus up to 15,000RMB
  • Quarterly bonus up to 6,000 RMB
  • Airport pick-up
  • Free hotel accommodation upon arrival
  • Visa support & work permit
  • Accident & emergency insurance
  • 15 days public holiday +10 days annual leave
  • 5 work days per week (school open on weekends)
Early Childhood Education Jobs (Qualifications in Childhood Development, Education or related field preferred) 
  • Salary 16,000 RMB Per Month
  • 10-12 Weeks Paid Vacation (Christmas, Chinese New Year, Summer)
  • Contract Length 2 years
  • Daily Breakfast and Lunch
  • Accident Insurance
  • Z Visa Application Support
  • Optional 1 Month Extra Paid Summer Camp
  • Early August Start Date
Professional Early Childhood Teaching Positions (Relevant qualifications and 1-2 years experience preferred) 
  • Salary 18,000 – 27,000 RMB (After Tax)
  • Apartment allowance 3,800 RMB per month
  • Starting payment of 5,000 RMB
  • Contract Length 2 years
  • Extensive paid vacation
  • One annual return flight
  • Health insurance
  • End of Contract gratuity/bonus
  • Work Permit and Visa

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