early years teaching assistant


Early years teaching assistants support the early years teacher in an early years or nursery school. They assist in class instruction, in classroom supervision in absence of the head teacher, and in organising, developing and putting into practice of the daily schedule. Early years teaching assistants monitor and help students in group as well as individually, and tend to focus on the students in need of extra care and attention the early years teacher cannot provide.

Alternative label

  • assistant in early years teaching

  • preschool teaching assistant

  • preschool teaching aide

  • early years TA

  • kindergarten teaching assistant

  • early childhood teaching assistant

  • assistant in early years education

  • early childhood teaching aide

  • reception teaching assistant

  • nursery teaching assistant

  • nursery teaching aide

  • early years education assistant

Regulatory aspect

To see if and how this occupation is regulated in EU Member States, EEA countries or Switzerland please consult the Regulated Professions Database of the Commission. Regulated Professions Database: http://ec.europa.eu/growth/single-market/services/free-movement-professionals/qualifications-recognition_en


Essential skills and competences

Essential Knowledge

Optional skills and competences

Optional Knowledge



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