A rewarding job teaching kindergarten kids

Kindergarten ESL teaching jobs, also known as homeroom, preschool or nursery teaching jobs are an extremely rewarding and exciting job and an opportunity to have a whole lot of fun while playing an important role in a child’s early language and social development. Students are aged from 3 to 6 years old and class sizes can range from 12 to 25 students per class.

Kindergarten students do not have long attention spans so your lessons will be made up of a variety of short activities and interactions, usually no more than 10 minutes each. Kids love to play, so classes incorporate fun English based games, activities, story telling, puppets, songs, dance, drawing and flashcard games to keep things engaging. These days technology plays a big part in the classroom and many schools feature interactive, touch screen whiteboards in the classroom.

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Is a kindergarten teaching job right for you?

A job teaching kindergarten students is immensely fun and rewarding although requires a huge amount of energy and constant movement. 

Teaching English at a kindergarten will draw on all your creativity as well as the ability to adapt your lesson plan on the spot, problem solve and have a genuine desire to work with very young kids. Singing, dancing, and generally being a goofball are just as important as strong classroom management skills and the ability to captivate and inspire. You will see big improvements in your students’ English abilities, as well as their social-emotional development and motor skills, over the course of a year.

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Liv Conroy – Nanhai, China

“The children I teach are incredible, without fail they manage to make me laugh every day, they are constantly learning something new and thinking for themselves. I know every one says it but it really is an incredibly rewarding role. I really enjoy the more creative side of teaching, coming up with new games and activities to teach the monthly topics and making different crafts and art pieces with the children.”


Salary & Benefits for Kindergarten Jobs in China

  • Excellent salary: 11,000 – 24,000 RMB (approx 1,500 – 3,400 USD) per month
  • Accommodation provided: Western style, furnished, near the school
  • Flight allowance
  • Performance based bonuses
  • Legal ‘Z’ work visa and residence permits provided
  • 11 days national Chinese public holidays plus 11 days personal holidays
  • Health insurance
  • Paid TEFL course (for those without one)
  • Weekly Mandarin Chinese lessons
  • Airport pickup and welcome pack
  • On-going training and academic support
  • Promotion opportunities

This is an example of a typical salary package for ESL kindergarten teaching jobs in China. We will provide you with specific package information for a selection of suitable schools once we receive your application.

Requirements to teach in kindergartens in China

  • Native English speaker or non-native with fluent English and a clear accent
  • Bachelor’s degree in any subject
  • TEFL certificate preferred (No TEFL? We recommend INTESOL)
  • New and experienced teachers welcome (full training provided)
  • Between 22 and 55 years old

A Typical Week Teaching English at a Kindergarten

The schedule teaching English at a kindergarten runs from Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm with weekends off. The day is divided into different sections with children sitting down to eat breakfast by 8:30am. This is usually followed by morning exercises, some basic dances and English songs and then two 25 minute English lessons after which the children break for play time. You will have a local teaching assistant in the class with you to help with classroom management and setting up activities.

Lunch and nap time run from 11:15am to 2pm. This is followed by a couple more 25 minute classes and then free play time where the students can make a craft, read a book and get ready to go home.

A typical 25 minute class usually begins with a greeting and warm up song to get everyone’s attention focused on the class and on using English. It is important when teaching kindergarten students to establish consistent routines and class rules so they know what to expect which helps keep the class organized. New vocabulary is then introduced using flashcards and drilling and then these words are used in other activities such as basic role playing and other games that encourage the children to use the words. The class is wrapped up with a review of what was learnt and saying goodbye.

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There are no costs at all for you. The entire recruitment process is free of charge.
Students expect to get immersed in English during class and so speaking Chinese is actually discouraged in class. So not speaking Chinese is not a problem regarding the job. You will also have a Chinese Teaching Assistant in the classroom with you to help with setting up activities and giving instructions in Chinese.
Your school will organise all the necessary papers needed to obtain a legal 1 year work (Z) visa for you. This process can take between 4 to 8 weeks and the school will help you through the process.
Your initial contract is 12 months. Many teachers choose to stay for one or more years.
The school provides comprehensive medical insurance coverage for you. It will cover you in event of sickness and injury.
Salary is paid on a monthly basis, paid in local currency, Chinese RMB.
Yes. It is possible to exchange and transfer money to bank accounts around the world. Check with your bank to find out what their policies are regarding international transfers and fees. Many people find Western Union or PayPal to be the easiest way to send money.
Average class sizes are 12 to 25 students per class.

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