- 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.
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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.