Recess Aide Job Description and Duties

Updated October 12, 2016

Position Overview

A recess aide’s work may be quite straightforward but it’s definitely not simple. As someone who has a lot of responsibility on his or her shoulders, a recess aide needs to be on his or her toes all the time. Typically, a resource aide is expected to look after the needs of young students during lunch time or when they are out in the playground. Students’ safety and wellbeing is high on the priority list of recess aides which is why they need to be exceptionally well-versed in handling young students.


Eligibility requirement to work as a recess aide is typically a high school diploma or a GED. However, if you are also expected to double up as a teacher’s aide, you might need a degree in education or a related field. To be able to do justice to the role of a recess aide, it is important that you possess patience and an eye for trouble, so that you can handle situations in a prompt manner. Some knowledge of CPR and First Aid might come in handy in case there is an on campus emergency. You will need to be on your feet constantly as sitting down when children are eating and playing is certainly not an option!

Technically, the work of a recess aide is supervisory in nature. So if you have it in you to handle a large group of children outside the classroom, you may want to look at the following list of duties particular to a recess aide’s position:

Recess Aide Duties and Responsibilities

• Gather students and lead them to cafeterias during lunch time in an organized manner
• Ascertain that all students are properly seated on their designated benches and assist them in obtaining food trays from the counter
• Supervise students as they eat their meals and instruct them on appropriate table manners
• Establish and encourage an orderly means of purchasing meals and ensure that all meal tickets or lunch coupons are accounted for
• Circulate among the tables to ensure that anyone who needs assistance is helped immediately
• Maintain discipline during meal times and highlight or communicate any behavioral concerns to the lead teacher
• Observe students who may not take interest in lunch and communicate the issue to the teacher
• Instruct students in the proper disposing of trash and meal leftovers according to the school’s no wastage policy
• Ascertain that all students make a queue right after lunch time, for orderly transition back to class
• Oversee students’ activities during play time and ensure that they are made aware of possible dangers of injury
• Participate in outdoor games to encourage students in taking active part in all outdoor activities