pre-school 2 - 5 years · seasonal news/tips

I don’t want to be a hated nursery teacher

This week we are looking at careers working with children. today we look at the Job role of a nursery teacher.

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:

  • undergraduate
  • postgraduate
  • School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT)
  • work-based.


  • 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

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You will also need police clearance with every post you take also known as the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) clearance.


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