Workers in this unit group supervise the activities of school children during break and meal times and assist children to cross roads near to the entrances of schools.


  • Directs children to cross the road when safe.
  • Signals approaching traffic to stop by using hand signals and school crossing signs.
  • Waits for a safe gap in traffic and walks to the centre of road.
  • Meets children wanting to cross the road and directs them to wait at the kerb.
  • Assists young children with feeding, dressing, washing and toiletry activities.
  • Cares for sick children and administers first aid if necessary.
  • Supervises the playground activities of children during meal and break times.

Typical Education Level

Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 30% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data

£2,838 Average wage

Average annual earnings

The current average wage for school midday or crossing patrol occupation is £2,838

3,021 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 3,021. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.


Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for school midday or crossing patrol occupation roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £2,838 per year. That is about £237 per month or £1.46 per hour. New workers generally start on £1,808, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £5,625

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 3,021 people are employed in the region.

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