Foundation Education

24 May 2023

Have you got what it takes to succeed as a Teacher Aide?

Teacher Aide

If becoming a Teacher Aide sounds like a great move for you, first, you should know what it takes to succeed in the field. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the essential traits and skills that’ll make you stand out in your new career:

Patient and encouraging demeanour 

Kids might have a hard time with their schoolwork, experience emotional struggles or have special educational needs. In order to develop trust and handle these daily challenges well, you’ll need a natural sense of patience and empathy.

Being creative and innovative 

Bringing your best new ideas into the classroom helps to invigorate learning, engage different types of thinking, and keep things exciting!

Enjoy working with children 

Working in Education Support means you’ll be mainly working with – yep, you guessed it – children, so you’ll want to be sure that you enjoy the ups and downs that come with working alongside our future generations.

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Friendly and warm 

Students get a lot more out of the educational support you can provide if they feel comfortable and accepted, so having the gift of a friendly, warm personality will go a long way.

Can work well under pressure 

There’ll be days when you’ll have to deal with stressful situations or make decisions quickly, which is why you’ll need to be able to handle a bit of pressure.

Adaptable personality 

Sometimes you’ll need to support a lesson at short notice or help with a student’s behavioural issues, so if you’re someone who responds well to changing situations, you’ll be perfect for Education Support.

Maturity and professionalism 

Working with kids means you’ll need to be a role model for positive, mature behaviour in the classroom, and having a strong suit of professionalism will also help create trust with your colleagues. 

Being observant and proactive 

As situations are always changing, you’ll need to be ready to respond at a moment’s notice, so it pays to have a keen eye for observation.

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Excellent communication skills 

Building solid relationships with children and your colleagues requires great communication skills, and it’s also vital for helping kids understand their schoolwork. 

Keeping a positive attitude 

At the end of the day, you want to be creating a safe learning environment for the students and teachers, and a positive attitude is a sure way to spread that supportive atmosphere. 

How to become a qualified Teacher Aide 

By completing a CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support, you'll receive the nationally recognised training required to become a qualified Teacher Aide. To view our full range of Education Support courses, check out our full range of Teacher Aide Courses to read more.


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