School lunchtime supervisor

Lunchtime supervisors work in schools, looking after children during the lunch break.

What does a school lunchtime supervisor do?

A school lunchtime supervisor's tasks during mealtime would include:

  • helping children who are in difficulties, for example with cutting up food
  • encouraging good table manners
  • making sure behaviour does not become too boisterous

After the meal a supervisor would:

  • supervise children in the playground (or in the hall or classroom in wet weather)
  • stop any dangerous behaviour
  • deal with any quarrels or fights
  • comfort children who are upset
  • deal with minor injuries, such as cuts, grazes and bruises
  • sometimes organise games

What do I need to do to become a school lunchtime supervisor?

You will usually need to be at least 18 to become a school lunchtime supervisor.

It could be an advantage if you have basic first aid skills and experience of working with children.

You will need Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance to work in this job.

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Related skills

  • Communication
  • Patience
  • Teamwork

Where to find out more

Where could I be working?

Your job would involve a lot of standing and walking, both inside the school and outdoors in the playground, often in cold weather. 

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