What is Nursery Teacher Training (NTT)?
Nursery Teachers’ Training course also known as NTT is a diploma course for teachers who want to teach and cater to the students at nursery level or pre-primary level. This teacher workforce has to undergo the training of the general TT course where the teacher joins the workforce of several other pre-school teachers. The NTT course helps the students who aim to be pre-school teachers in order to facilitate young minds of nursery children. The course provides various methodologies to the teachers who undergo this TT course which is required in teaching the young students that will be essential in the physical, cognitive and social development. There are also several methodologies which are taught to the teachers to better understand their job roles and enact them in real life. Some of the important subjects taught are instructional strategies, child psychology, classroom management and cognitive development. There are certain standards in NTT course like that of national and international standards which are highlighted in the course fees of various institutes.
The teachers are enlightened with all subjects and communication at nursery level which are better understood by young minds. Teachers need the best training methodologies as it is important to ensure that the basics of the student, who has just stepped into the world of formal education, are clear. The teachers are seen to be role models in molding morals, habits and character into these young minds and therefore require utmost communication skills in order to be an accomplished Nursery teacher.
Education and Skills required to be eligible for NTT course
The minimum eligibility for admission to the NTT training diploma course for one year includes minimum 50 per cent marks in their 10+2 board exams from any recognised institute in any subject.
Some of the most important skills in NTT training are:
- Energy and enthusiasm in dealing with young energetic kids
- Caring and friendly attitude
- Patience for every kid in class
- Passion for the teaching profession
- Keen sense of eye for detail
- And most important of all excellent communication skills in language suitable to the children
Process and Cost of Admission in NTT
There are various kinds of institutes which provide the TT course. It can be done full time and even as distance education course. The distance/correspondence courses in NTT are generally 1-year diploma courses, but sometimes it may vary with institutes. The distance courses in TT are provided by institutes like IGNOU where the student is selected on their merits based on their marks in class 10, 10+2 board or even graduation students can apply for the diploma course in NTT training. The TT course is almost the same for the full time and the distance course. Some institutes also conduct their own entrance examinations for checking the eligibility of the candidates during the admissions. Some of the top colleges providing NTT training take up students based on merit as well as to conduct entrance examinations. The students who are interested in taking admissions in NTT training should have a minimum aggregate score of 50 per cent in their graduation or 10+2 or 10 boards from a recognised institute. The minimum score for SC/ST candidates is further relaxed by five per cent. After the entrance exam, a personal interview or PI round is also taken after which the admission is provided.
The NTT training fees in distance/correspondence, as well as full-time one-year courses, ranges from Rs 10,000-25,000 for a year.
Syllabus and Course description in NTT
Majorly in every college the full time or distance/correspondence courses in NTT last for a 1 year. The 1-year course is divided into 2 semesters in which the subjects given below are taught. There is no fixed routine for the subjects that are to be taught in 1st and 2nd semesters. The timing for the NTT training practical courses and its content does vary from one institute to another on which the NTT training fees depend.
|Syllabus for the 1-year NTT course|
|Child Care and Health|
|Basics of the pre-primary education|
|History and Philosophy of pre-primary education|
|Nursery school organization, Child Health, and Nutrition and community|
|Practical: Viva Voice|
|Practical: Arts and Crafts|
Nature of Jobs/Roles, Growth Prospects and Salaries
The job opportunities for the Diploma holders in NTT training are very specific like that of Nursery in-charge, Nursery Teacher, or nursery department coordinator. There are further prospects for the diploma holders to study further in Masters of TT training, PG in Pre-school teacher training/primary school teacher training or can continue with their job opportunities in schools and pre-schools. The students of NTT also have opportunities in colleges where they themselves can teach and provide NTT training to students. Nursery blocks also provide employment to NTT students as Nursery teachers, Madam, In-charge or helper, Nursery Manager, Assistant pre-primary teacher, NTT/B.Ed Teacher and also as Home Tutors. The salaries provided to the NTT students are very area-specific depending upon whether they are working in an urban or rural demographic. The level of operation and expertise of the diploma holders also become one of the reasons for specifying their salary. International schools provide good salaries but ultimately a more experienced teacher gets paid more than fresher’s. The table below shows some of the salary statistics and position of NTT diploma holders after TT training:
|Job Profile||Average Salary (in Rs lakh per annum)|
|Pre-primary school teacher||2-3|