Nursery teachers work with children aged three to five in nursery schools or classes, planning and organising a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities.
As a nursery teacher you would:
- help children’s social, personal, physical and emotional development
- develop children’s language, literacy and numeracy skills.
- help children achieve the early learning goals of the current National Curriculum .
- encourage co-operation and good behaviour with the children.
As well as working with the children, you would:
- prepare room and allocate activities to promote learning in a play focused environment.
- preparation, recording of childrens progress plus planning recording and evaluationg activities and resources.
- talking to parents about their children’s development.
- continued monitoring of children’s development and identify any problems or specific learning needs.
- attend staff meetings and keep abreast of current legislation with training courses.
Hours worked as a nursery teacher.
As a nursery teacher you would work 39 weeks a year in school term time. Teaching hours vary between schools, but are usually 9am to 3.30pm or 4pm. Nursery-age children attend for the morning or afternoon sessions.
Income for a typical nursery teachers post
salary £21,102 to £30,842 a year (£26,000 to £35,568 in inner London).
Training needed to become a nursery teacher
To be a nursery teacher in a state school, you must gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) by completing Initial Teacher Training (ITT). There are four types of ITT:
- School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT)
- GCSEs (A-C) English, maths and a science subject or equivalent qualifications – you should check with course providers which qualifications they will accept, or if there are any equivalency tests you can take
- to pass skills tests in numeracy, literacy and ICT (information and communications technology).
Visit the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) website
- Training and Development Agency for Schools – skills tests
Above extract taken from https://nextstep.direct.gov.uk/PlanningYourCareer/JobProfiles/JobProfile1486/Pages/default.aspx
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