Nursery Teacher Jobs

1. How to become a Nursery Teacher? Nursery Teacher qualifications
2. Nursery Teacher Key Responsibilities
3. Nursery Teacher Salary
4. Nursery Teacher Career

1. How to become a Nursery Teacher?

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • working towards this role


You’ll need to get early years teacher status (EYTS) by completing an early year initial teacher training course. There are several ways to do this:

  • undergraduate entry if you’re taking an early childhood-related degree, and maybe working in early years setting
  • graduate entry if you have a degree but limited experience with children and are not currently working with them
  • graduate employment if you have a degree and are working in an early years setting
  • assessment only if you’re a graduate with a lot of experience across the 0 to 5 age range, and also have knowledge of key stage 1 and 2 in schools

Early years teacher status qualifies you to teach children up to age 5. If you want to teach older children or teach in a primary school, you’ll usually need to get qualified teacher status (QTS).

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English, maths and a science subject or equivalent qualifications
  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree

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2. Nursery Teacher Key responsibilities | Job Description

Skills and knowledge

You’ll need:

  • 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
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Restrictions and requirements

You’ll need to:

What you’ll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you could be:

  • planning and preparing activities and materials
  • setting out activities before classes and tidying up afterward
  • 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

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3. Nursery Teacher Salary

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  • The average Nursery teacher salary is £27,356. This is 20.6% below the national average advertised salary of £34,434.
  • Year-on-year pay for Nursery teacher jobs has gone up 21.1% year-on-year, compared to an annual change of 1.0% for all jobs.
  •  The number of Nursery teacher job ads is 28.6% lower than last year, with 754 current vacancies.

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SOURCE & STATS: Adzuna March 2019.

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4. Nursery Teacher Career

Opportunities for Progression:

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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