Teacher Aide Kaiāwhina Kaiako

Teacher aides assist teachers in a classroom by working with students on a one-to-one basis, or in groups. 

Teacher aides may do some or all of the following:

  • work with students one-to-one, and in small groups, following a programme prepared by the teacher
  • help with extra activities such as physical exercise or physiotherapy
  • meet with teachers and parents to discuss students' progress
  • help teachers plan lessons for students with special educational needs
  • help students learn English as a second language
  • give medication to students who need it
  • assist with personal care for a student, such as toileting or eating.

Physical Requirements

Teacher aides need to be reasonably fit as they may need to carry out physical tasks, such as helping students with disabilities to move around.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for teacher aides includes:

  • childcare work
  • nursing
  • teaching
  • working with people with a disability
  • parenting.

Personal Qualities

Teacher aides need to be:

  • understanding and patient
  • able to follow instructions well
  • able to work well under pressure
  • enthusiastic, open-minded and able to motivate children
  • skilled at communicating with children and adults from a range of backgrounds and cultures
  • practical, organised and good at solving problems quickly
  • creative and adaptable
  • able to work well in a team.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for teacher aides includes:

  • childcare work
  • nursing
  • teaching
  • working with people with a disability
  • parenting.

Subject Recommendations

A minimum of three years of secondary education is recommended. Useful subjects include English, health education, languages, mathematics and te reo Māori.

Teacher Aides can earn around $17-$25 per hour per year.

Teacher aides can specialise in a number of roles, including:

Education Support Worker
Education support workers work alongside a teacher or therapist with children in early childhood who have special needs.
Special Education Assistant
Special education assistants work alongside a teacher or therapist with children who have a physical disability.

With further training, teacher aides may progress to become early childhood teachers, primary or secondary school teachers, or Kaiwhakaako Māori.

Teacher Aide