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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 Teacher

    • Spain
    • From up to 22 OOO Euros + food and transport

    Contact FERNANDO on +44 (0) 203 455 0195 or email to get shortlisted as time is very short and there are limited spaces remaining.

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  • Teacher of EYFS

    • Albania
    • Salary from up to 1650 Euros for 25 lessons a week per month after all deductions

    SeekTeachers is looking for a teacher of EYFS. You need to have a degree in EYFS with a teaching qualification. Contact me now for further details as time is...

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  • Teacher of Early Years

    • Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Fujaiarah
    • Up to £30,000 TAX FREE plus accommodation plus benefits

    Early Years Teacher jobs in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Fujairah. EXCELLENT TAX FREE salary paying up to £2500 per month plus accommodation plus benefits. MUST hav...

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  • Nursery Nurse

    • Eastbourne
    • negotiable depending on experience

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    • Tigerlily Childcare Sussex
    • 1 day ago
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    • Hertfordshire - Bovingdon, Radlett, Bushey
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    I have a great opportunity for an experienced Nursery Nurse to work in the Foundation Stage of a school covering Maternity Leave. This could be a great chan...

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    • 2 days ago
  • Nursery Nurses and Room Leaders

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    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
  • Full Time Nursery Teacher

    • North Kensington, London
    • The salary offered will reflect the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience.

    We require an experienced Early Years Nursery Teacher, to work with children aged 2 to 4.5 years of age.

    • Rolfe's Nursery School
    • 2 days ago
  • Qualified Nursery Nurses - Pirbright

    • Pirbright, Surrey
    • Up to £16,000 plus childcare discount and other benefits

    Currently seeing Qualified Level 2/3 Nursery Nurses to join a fantastic existing team for a nursery based in Pirbright. The nursery offers many benefits a...

    • CG Recruitment
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  • Childcare Supervisor on a 5* Thai Island

    • Thailand
    • Competitive Salary & Package

    A once in a lifetime opportunity for a supervisor on a 5* Thai island, responsible for ensuring the children’s clubs are run to exceptionally high standards,...

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  • Early Years Teachers

    • Overseas
    • Competitive

    If you have proven teaching experience in the Early Years and/or Primary sector, hold a recognised teaching qualification and have experience in teaching an...

    • Shell Company Schools
    • 2 days ago
  • FT Nursery Nurse - Asquith Windsor Day Nursery

    • Windsor
    • £14000.00 - £16000.00

    Scope of Position To work as a member of the nursery team to ensure that all children attending the setting receive high quality care, are kept safe and...

    • Asquith Day Nurseries
    • 3 days ago
  • Full Time Early Years Practitioner/Nursery Nurse

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    • £7.28 - £7.88 per hour

    Kangacrew are a specialist childcare agency offering permanent employment. We are currently recruiting for a qualified, experienced Early Years Practitioner...

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    • 3 days ago
  • Level 3 or Above Early Years Practitioners (Brand New & Existing Nursery)

    • Wimbledon or Raynes Park Town Centres
    • Up to £16,500k depending on experience and qualifications

    Nurture Day Nurseries Ltd is looking for Level 3 (or above!) enthusiastic Nursery Nurses - Join our Wimbledon or Raynes Park nursery!

    • Nurture Day Nurseries Ltd
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  • Room Leader

    • Woolwich
    • £16-18k dep on experience

    Lovely family run nursery are looking for a Room Leader for the toddler room to start ASAP. This is a great role for someone looking for a new challenge or s...

    • Tigerlily Childcare
    • 3 days ago

    • Park Royal, NW10 7TR
    • Competitive and Negotiable

    we have an exciting opportunity for an Early Years Practitioner

    • Kindervine Day Nursery
    • 3 days ago
  • East London Bank Staff - Epping, Billets, Highams Park

    • Epping
    • £6.50 - £7.00 per annum

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    • Bright Horizons Family Solutions
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  • Early Years Practitioners for Montessori settings in Muswell Hill and Barnet

    • North London - Muswell Hill and Barnet
    • Up to £17,000 depending on experience

    Early Years Practitioners (level3+) for Montessori settings in Muswell Hill and Barnet. Experience, good communications skills and a sense of humou...

    • Norfolk Lodge School Ltd
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  • Early Years Practitioners/Nursery Nurses

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    • £14,850 - £17,850 starting package

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    • London Early Years Foundation
    • 3 days ago
  • Nursery Nurse

    • London Borough of Redbridge
    • Competitive

    Qualified Nursery Nurses required for busy Childcare group

    • PAUK LTD. t/a Barleymont Group
    • 4 days ago