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Early years teacher

Early years teachers are specialists in early childhood development and work with children up to the age of 5.

Potential salary

£18,000 to £30,000

Employment by 2024


Working hours

32 to 34 variable

  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • the ability to work well with others
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to understand people’s reactions
  • the ability to come up with new ways of doing things
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • active listening skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

In this role you could be:

  • planning and preparing activities and materials
  • setting out activities before classes and tidying up afterwards
  • speaking to parents and carers about their children’s development
  • monitoring children’s progress, and identifying and dealing with any issues
  • supervising nursery workers, teaching assistants and volunteer helpers
  • attending parents’ evenings and training sessions

You may need to wear a uniform.

You could work in a nursery or at a school.

Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding.

Once qualified, you could move into management of a nursery or group of nurseries.

You could also work as a supply teacher or take further training to become a primary school teacher or play therapist.

You can find out more about teaching in early years from Get Into Teaching.

You can also get details through CACHE and the early years career progression map.

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