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Nursery teachers plan and organise a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities in nursery schools or classes for children aged three to five in order to help children achieve the early learning goals as set out in the National Curriculum.  Nursery teachers help a child’s personal, physical, social and emotional development along with helping to develop their language, literacy and numeracy skills whilst constantly encouraging co-operation and good behaviour.

To become a Nursery Teacher in a state school you must have gained Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) by completing Initial Teacher Training (ITT).  There are four types of ITT which you can choose from depending on whether you already have higher education qualifications:
Undergraduate route into becoming a Nursery Teacher
For those who do not already have a degree, a QTS can be gained alongside your degree if one of the following courses is completed: BA (Hons) / BSc (Hons) with QTS OR Bachelor of Education (BEd) degree course.  These courses generally last three to four years full time and entry requirements are: at least two A levels (one of which should be in a National Curriculum subject), and at least five GCSEs (A-C).  You can find out about National Curriculum subjects on the following website: National Curriculum.

Postgraduate routes into becoming a Nursery Teacher
For those who hold a degree or equivalent in a subject relevant to the primary National Curriculum, QTS can be obtained by completing a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) course. Courses can be one year full-time, two years part-time or flexible by distance learning. You can search for PGCE courses and apply on-line on the Graduate Teacher Training Registry (GTTR) website. 
School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) route into becoming a Nursery Teacher
You would need to have a degree for the SCITT course which is classroom-based training, takes one year and leads to QTS.

Work-based routes into becoming a Nursery Teacher
QTS can be gained whilst working in a school on a trainee salary on one of the following programmes:
Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP) – you must already have a degree
Registered Teacher Programme (RTP) – you must have completed two years of higher education (for example, a BTEC HND, foundation degree or two years of a degree)
Overseas Trained Teacher Programme (OTTP) – you must have an overseas (outside the EU) teaching qualification that is equivalent to a UK degree
Regardless of the route chosen to become a Nursery Teacher, you will need:
GCSEs (A-C) Maths, English and a Science subject or equivalent qualifications 
To pass skills tests in numeracy, literacy and ICT (information and communications technology). Skills tests available on the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) website: Training and Development Agency for Schools
You will also need Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) clearance.
It would be an advantage if you have experience of working with children (either paid or voluntary) in the relevant age group. For example, you could volunteer at a local school.
Once the ITT course is completed, a probationary period of three terms in employment would also have to be completed before being considered as fully qualified teacher and throughout your teaching career it is expected that you will keep up to date with new methods and ideas within education by completing in-service training. This is often done by attending training days in school or at local authority training centres.
Key skills needed to become a successful Nursery Teacher include the ability to build good relationships with children, parents/carers and colleagues to discuss child’s development, the ability to manage classes and deal with challenging behaviour, commitment to equal opportunities, organisational and time-management skills, excellent communication skills along with patience and a good sense of humour.

Early Years Professional (EYP) Status
The government aims to have EYPs in all early years settings, including nursery and primary schools, by 2015. As an EYP you work to raise the quality of early years practice within schools, and support and mentor other practitioners. To find out how you can work towards EYP status, visit the Children's Workforce Development Council website: Children's Workforce Development Council

A Nursery Teacher / Nursery Nurse is responsible for the well-being of children left in their care, and will also be involved in these children's early years development. They aew responsible for looking after / entertaining children that are left in their care at a nursery. Nurseries cater for children aged between 6 months and 4 years, so the type of care needed varies greatly.

Salary - The approx starting salary for a trainee nursery nurse is around £9,000 to £11,000, which varies according to its region. Once qualified, the average wage is around £14,000 to £17,000 with nursery managers earning up to £32,000.

Responsibilities - Nurseries often look after a variety of different aged children at one time, so responsibilities co-ordinate according to the age group the worker is caring for. Main responsibilities include:- Designing activities for the children to engage in /  Story time (which aims to develop language skills and encourage the children to read) /  Outings / Helping children to learn skills such as dressing and using cutlery / Observing Children & Writing progress reports / Feeding, changing and bathing babies

Skills - Nursery nurses need to be hard-working, good with children, tolerant and able to multi-task efficiently. Good communication skills are also a must.

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