Question Q – "Can I ask if settings allow apprentice 17 yrs old to be counted in staff numbers on her second day?" Answers A – “Haven't come across this yet but I would say no,not as an apprentice and the fact you don't know her competency yet.surely she would need to have a buddy and a trial period” A – “I really do think only people … [Read more...] about Can an apprentice be counted in ratio?
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Question Q - "What is the equivalent to maths GCSEs needed to train as an early years teacher? Is there a particular qualification?" Answers – A – “For Level 3 Early Years I have been told by my daughters college that only GCSE Higher or Foundation level will be accepted. IGCSE and English Vocational Skills are not. I do not know if this … [Read more...] about What is the equivalent to maths GCSE needed to train as an early years teacher?
Question – Q - "What are everyone’s thoughts on a teenage level 2 for a deputy and an unqualified room leader? Is this okay as long as they have adequate knowledge or would your setting not allow it?" Answers A – “The age part is irrelevant if they have the correct qualifications and leadership experience to back it up with but … [Read more...] about Can a level 2 qualified practitioner be a deputy manager?
Question – Q - "Currently a childminder and have an interview to work as an eyp in a school next week. Need to teach 30 reception children for half an hour on absolutely anything! What would you guys recommend? It is just before Children in Need. Should I base ideas around this theme?" Answer – A – “Wow! 30 children for half an hour is … [Read more...] about Can you share some activitiy ideas for reception children for a working interview
Question – Q – “I currently hold my level 4 in teaching and learning and at the moment doing my BAPP in education SEND When finished will I be at the level of HLTA or would I have to do this as well ?" Answer A – “You will probably find that you still have to work towards HLTA but you may find that a lot of what you have already have … [Read more...] about Im currently studying BAPP in education SEND, is this enough to be a HLTA?
Question – Q - I'm looking for some advice in regard to changing career completely to be a teaching assistant. I'm currently waiting for my dbs check to come back so I can start to volunteer in a local primary school. I've heard different information in regard to paying for and completing either a level 2 or level 3 course to gain a … [Read more...] about Do i need to gain an early years qualification or is volunterring enough to get a TA job?
Question Q – "I'm currently working in a day nursery as a level 2 and am torn between heading down the TA route and doing level 3 etc or undertaking a degree in early years teaching to maybe get into a more management position in the future? I already work on the same level as room leaders but I want to better myself and not just be an … [Read more...] about Should i become a TA or become nursery management?
Question Q – “I got my childcare level 2 a few years ago but most nursery want a level 3 childcare I currently work within a nursery agency I get full time hours, I would like something more permanent. I have not got my gcse math or English I am doing a night course at college functional skills math and gcse English I am finding it really hard … [Read more...] about Im struggling to get my maths and english G.C.S.E’s, can i still work in childcare?
Question Q – “I am qualified childcare practitioner I have my Foundation Degree in Early Years practice and this summer completed my BA Hon's in Learning Teaching and Mentoring. I am not wanting to go on to do my teaching qualification however i am wonder what other jobs other than teaching assistant i can apply for?" Answers A - … [Read more...] about i am wonder what other jobs other than teaching assistant i can apply for with a BA hons
Question Q- "I am looking into doing my early years teacher status, Has anyone done the EYTS and is it beneficial? I've heard mixed reviews" Answers A- "Yes I did it a couple of years ago, it was hard going 3-4 months, found my BAhons easier!! Saying that there were elements such as staff meetings and … [Read more...] about Is it beneficial to complete the EYTS? Ive heard mixed reviews!