A nursery teacher’s job is to focus on the overall personality development of a child. This involves developing work schemes and lesson plans to motivate children, and imaginatively using resources to help them learn. He/she is also responsible for developing the social and communication skills of children and providing a safe and secure environment in which they can learn. Basically, a nursery teacher’s responsibility is to create a home away from home for her students. The major part of the job includes the development of five important aspects of a child’s personality — cognitive development, speech and language development, physical development, social development and emotional development. Besides this, they also build and maintain relationships with parents/guardians to further support pupils as well as operate within multi-agency networks to ensure that the correct support is available. Hence, in the early years of a child, teachers play a crucial role in preparation for a successful transition to primary school education.
What do they do?
As a Nursery Teacher your work would entail managing children aged up to five years. You will have to handle the young children with lot of patience and care. The responsibilities may involve supporting the children’s development and learning through play; building skills like language and numeracy. As a Nursery Teacher you will also have to encourage and cooperate with the children. You may also have to handle their tantrums sometime and manage them with proper attention.
- Love for young children
- A great deal of energy is required
- Pleasing and engaging ¬personality with the knack and patience to connect with a child and ensure his/her progress
- Resourcefulness, creativity and flexiblility combined with time management skills
- Ability to understand a child’s ¬psychology and frame of mind
How do I get there?
The starting point would be the nursery teacher training (NTT) offered as a vocational course at many recognised institutes. Other options would be Early Childhood and Care Education (ECCE) offered as a distance learning programme at IGNOU.
Typical day in the life of a Nursery Teacher
Pros & Cons about this career
Fixed working hours but no overtime Immense job satisfaction You enjoy various holidays It’s great working with children You can devote ample time to your family, as the job offers a good work-life balance
Less financially lucrative as compared to other jobs May get monotonous