A nursery school teacher also called a pre-school teacher plays a significant role in preparing children aged below 5 years for primary school by caring and nurturing the young learners. It is her responsibility to facilitate learning and development through storytelling, play and games. A nursery teacher helps in the smooth transition between home and play school by providing love and care and at the same time maintaining the natural rhythm of the young children.
To become a nursery teacher one has to be sensitive to a child’s needs and cultivate patience. She must possess a pleasing personality and her manners have to be child friendly. To develop the sensibilities a nursery teacher or an aspiring nursery teacher has to work with children in addition to the classroom. Even babysitting helps in honing one’s skills. A nursery teacher helps to develop language and social skills.
A bachelor’s degree coupled with these basic skills is preferred if one is preparing to be a nursery teacher. A Montessori or a pre-primary teacher’s training is gradually becoming compulsory for nursery teachers. An associate degree in childhood development or education widens the employment possibilities although different states have different requirements. These kinds of training help the nursery teachers to learn methods of planned teaching through play and experiments. It is the job of a nursery teacher to engage children who should be constantly challenged and supported with play centric activities. With the requisite qualifications and skills a nursery teacher needs a CV that must state one’s desire to work with young children and focus on the strengths required for a nursery teacher along with the educational background and professional certification. There are ample job opportunities for nursery school teachers and one can look for employment on various job portals, newspaper advertisements or check with schools.