Early years, or nursery, teachers work in pre-school, nursery and reception classes with children aged between three and five. They plan and carry out activities in line with early years foundation stage. This involves developing work schemes and lessons plans to motivate children and imaginatively using resources to help them learn.
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.
Some early years/nursery teachers 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.