Early years, or nursery, teachers work in pre-school, nursery and reception classes with children aged between three and five. They are responsible for developing and implementing work schemes and lesson plans in line with the requirements of the early years foundation stage (EYFS). This involves motivating children to learn and imaginatively using resources in order to facilitate learning.
Early years teachers develop the social and communication skills of children and provide a safe and secure environment in which the child can learn. They build and maintain relationships with parents/guardians to further support pupils as well as operate within multi-agency networks to ensure the correct support is available. Early years teachers record observations and summarise the children's achievements. They focus on optimum child development and preparation for a successful transition to primary school education.
Early years teachers teach all areas of the foundation stage, which is focused on helping the children to achieve early learning goals. Typical activities include:
Some early years/nursery teachers will make home visits prior to a child starting nursery/school and, where appropriate, might also visit providers of pre-school care, such as day nurseries.
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