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Early years teachers (or nursery school teachers) teach children between the ages of three and five, in nursery schools and reception classes.

Early years teachers develop resources such as games, puzzles and visual aids for use within the nursery and organise and share a wide range of activities with the children.

Specifically Early years teachers are responsible for:

•developing confidence and language skills •encouraging creativity •numeracy and literacy •helping to develop social skills •encourage and develop acceptable behaviour

Early years teachers must also:

•take into account issues of multilingualism and multiculturalism •take into account individual children's health or disability problems •observe and assess each child so as to tailor learning opportunities correctly •ensure child safety •keep records, write reports and complete assessment profiles •organise the work of teaching assistants and parent volunteers

Teachers in state schools work 39 weeks a year. Part-time and temporary (supply) work is possible.

A newly qualified teacher usually earns £21,102 a year (£26,000 in inner London). A nursery head can earn around £42,000 to £52,000 depending on the size, kind and location of the school.

Early years teachers work in state maintained and independent nursery schools, nursery classes in primary schools and children's centres.

To teach in a state nursery school or department within a state primary school a teaching qualification is required. In addition, a degree in early years teaching, early childhood studies, education studies or psychology with the emphasis on young children can be useful. Before working with children, applicants undergo checks through the Criminal Records Bureau and register with the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).

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  • Early Years Practitioner

    • Southfields, near Wimbledon, London
    • Negotiable - depending on experience and qualifications

    Looking for something a little different? We are a fun and friendly team of childcare professionals working as a close knit team who look after a...

    • Gartmoor Childcare Ltd
    • 1 day ago
  • Nursery Manager- Liverpool, Merseyside

    • Liverpool
    • £30000 - £40000 per annum

    An opportunity has arose within a Liverpool based setting for a significantly experienced and confident Nursery Manager. The setting is a unique, not for pr...

    • Bamboo Childcare
    • 1 day ago
  • Nursery Nurse

    • Reigate
    • £14k to £18k dep on exp

    An experienced nursery nurse needed for this lovely setting in Reigate

    • JEM Childcare Solutions
    • 1 day ago
  • Group Leader - Brockley

    • Brockley, London SE4 1YA
    • £15,000 - £18,000pa depending on experience and qualifications.

    Catherine House Day Nursery Schools are a group of spacious privately owned nurseries accommodating up to 70 children ranging in age from 3 month to 5 years,...

    • Catherine House Day Nursery
    • 1 day ago
  • Qualified Practitioner/Assistant Practitioner

    • Canary Wharf
    • £13,128 - £18,120

    Are you an experienced Nursery Nurse with a passion for caring and educating young children? Nurseries in Canary Wharf have exciting opportunities for you!

    • Little Unicorn Day Nursery
    • 1 day ago
  • Nursery Nurse

    • Crowthorne
    • up to £16k dep on exp

    Qualified Nursery Nurse needed asap for this lovely setting in Crowthorne

    • JEM Childcare Solutions
    • 1 day ago
  • Room Leader and Nursery Nurse - Finchley Road

    • Finchley Road
    • negotiable for candidate with suitable experience

    A Room leader and Nursery Nurse are being sourced within a large, modern Nursery based local to Finchley Road in North London. The nursery is part...

    • Bamboo Childcare
    • 1 day ago
  • Nursery Nurse - Finchley

    • Finchley
    • negotiable for candidate with suitable experience

    A Nursery Nurse is being sourced within a large, purpose built Nursery based in Finchley, North London. The nursery is part of a small friendly collection...

    • Bamboo Childcare
    • 1 day ago
  • Room Leader and Nursery nurse - Crouch End

    • Crouch End
    • negotiable for candidate with suitable experience

    A Room leader and Nursery nurse are being sourced within a large Nursery based in Crouch End, Hornsey in North London. The nursery is part of...

    • Bamboo Childcare
    • 1 day ago
  • Room Leader - Dorking

    • Dorking
    • negotiable for candidate with suitable experience

    A Room leader is being sourced within a 91 place Nursery based in Dorking, Surrey. The nursery is part of a small friendly collection of nurseries...

    • Bamboo Childcare
    • 1 day ago
  • Experienced Early Years Practitioners - Edinburgh

    • Edinburgh
    • Salary negotiable dependent on experience

    Early Years Practitioners with a genuine interest in outdoor learning required for fabulous nursery in Edinburgh. You will be HNC or Level 3 qualified to be...

    • Kangacrew
    • 1 day ago
  • Nursery Nurse

    • Chorley New Road, Bolton BL1 4PA
    • An attractive salary and benefits package is available

    An opportunity has arisen for a qualified Nursery Nurse to join the staff at Bolton School Nursery on a permanent basis, working 37 hours per week caring for...

    • Bolton School Nursery
    • 1 day ago
  • Level 3 Early Years Practitioners

    • Downham / Bromley / Southwark
    • £14,000 - £16,000 + productivity bonus

    As a result of our ongoing demand we are now recruiting for strong Early Years Practitioners (although we also want to hear from room leaders).

    • Fruit Tree Day Nursery
    • 1 day ago
  • Children’s Club Nanny in Thailand

    • Koh Kood, Thailand
    • Competitive including flights, accommodation and food

    A fantastic opportunity for qualified nannies and teachers to work in a luxury hotel in Thailand

    • Scott Dunn
    • 1 day ago
  • Recruitment Day Saturday 20th September 2014

    • 150 Joel Street, Northwood Hills, Middlesex, HA6 1NL
    • dependent on role

    Ministeps Nursery are looking for Qualified Nursery Nurses Chef and Cleaner. Come to our recruitment day on 20th September.

    • Ministeps Nursery
    • 1 day ago
  • Nursery Nurses and Room Leaders

    • Heston, Hounslow, Wandsworth, Pinner, Ruislip and Uxbridge
    • £14,000-£19,000pa

    Little Developers are looking for exclusive Nursery Nurses and Nursery Room Leaders to join our new nursery settings and pre-schools.

    • Little Developers
    • 2 days ago
  • Nursery Manager in Dubai

    • Dubai, United Arab Emirates
    • Up to 45,000 GBP TAX FREE with benefits

    Nursery Manager needed for TOP organisation in Dubai. ASAP Start. TAX FREE salary (£££'s) with benefits and scope for progression. Looking for an experience ...

    • SeekTeachers
    • 2 days ago
  • Full Time Nursery Nurse Level 2 or 3

    • London
    • Available on Request

    Fantastic opportunities to work in great facilities.

    • Bright Little Stars Nursery
    • 2 days ago
  • Early Years

    • Shanghai, China
    • Competitive salary plus benefits

    EYFS teaching job in Shanghai - Salary up to 25,000RMB with benefits - Established Kindergarten - Apply NOW!!!

    • SeekTeachers
    • 2 days ago
  • Level 3 Nursery Nurse x 2

    • Ec1
    • £15-17k dep on experience

    Expanding nursery based in The City are looking for 2 bubbly Level 3 Nursery Nurses to come and work in the baby and toddler room. They are looking for relia...

    • Tigerlily Childcare
    • 2 days ago