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A for ambition

education Updated: Mar 14, 2012 11:25 IST

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The lowdown
A nursery teacher’s job is to focus on the overall personality development of a child. The teacher organises various activities in a stimulating learning environment. Her responsibility is to create a home away from home for her students. The main responsibility of a nursery teacher is to focus on the development of the five important aspects of a child’s personality: cognitive development, speech and language development, physical development, social development and emotional development. Along with this, the teachers engage in other activities as well

Clockwork
The clockwork for a nursery teacher varies from school to school and depends upon the school timings and the distance of the teacher’s residence from the school. Although an average day of a nursery teacher would be something like this:
6.30am: Wake up time
8.30am: Reach the school
9.30am: Receive children in school
10 am: Start classes, do nursery rhymes after break
1.30pm: See off the children

After the children leave the school, prepare lesson plans for the next day, check the copies, prepare for the activities etc. Leave for home at around 2.30 pm

The payoff
Payoff of a school teacher varies from state to state and school to school

Skills/TRAITS
* Love for children
* Resourceful
* Passionate about teaching
* Should be compassionate
* Should have a lot of patience
* Energetic

Getting there
To be a nursery teacher in a school, one must have completed their NTT – Nursery Teacher Training from a recognised institute - this is the basic qualification

Institutes and URLs
* National Academy of Teacher's Training, delhi
www.natt.in
* Ramakrishna Teacher Training Institute, Delhi
www.rktti.edu.in/

Pros and cons
* Fixed hours
* Less financially lucrative as compared to other jobs
* Offers good social status
* Offers immense satisfaction
* You enjoy various holidays
* You don’t get overtime
* You can devote ample to your family
* It’s great working with children

By providing quality education to students, at nursery level, you help lay strong foundations for the coming generation Meenal Arora, exec director, Shemrock and Shemford Group of Schools