Early years teacher

An early years or nursery teacher will deal with children aged 3 to 5 in nursery schools or reception classes. They are required to teach the foundation stage of the National Curriculum to children’s first experience of classroom teaching.

Key responsibilities as an early years teacher:


  • Providing a supportive and comfortable classroom environment allowing for engaged learning.
  • Aiding the children in their progress of basic development such as speech, co-ordination and social interactions.
  • Using effective and creative methods to aid learning. This could include singing, physical movements, games and classroom toys.
  • Preparation for primary learning, introducing children to basic academic areas including literacy and mathematics.
  • Vigilant to health and safety procedures and practices.
  • Keeping up to date with teaching methods and the national curriculum.
  • Frequent communications with carers/parents, feeding back progress and behaviours.

A good early years teacher:


  • Will enjoy the company of younger children, with energy and passion to engage with them.
  • Able to provide stimulated learning and development of basic skills.
  • Can observe and understand methods of learning that work best for individual children, making activities tailored to their needs.
  • Able to deal with a range of cultures as well as children from different language backgrounds.
  • Socially active within the carers/parents community
  • Good observational skills, identifying potentially problems and finding the solution.