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14 Years Teaching Experience - now want to teach EYFS - how do I go about this? Thanks!

Discussion in 'Early Years' started by applesnpears, Jul 2, 2015.

  1. Hello,

    I was wondering if somebody out there could give me some advice as I think I need it! My family and I relocated last summer and I have spent this year settling the children in. I need to get back to work and have decided I would really like to get into EYFS but the only experience I have is during my last post in a Nurture Group for Key Stage 1 that followed EYFS principles - so not mainstream.

    A bit of background -

    I am a qualified teacher of 14 years (PGCE in secondary History and Literacy - but only did a year of that before branching into SEN, mainly BESD territory).

    I have worked in three secondary schools, one of which was a BESD residential school for girls and another within the speech and language unit of a mainstream school. I have also worked in four primary schools, two of these were SEN schools, one a BESD residential school for boys and the other was a PMLD/SLD school and my most recent post was as a Nurture Group teacher within a mainstream infant school. I have also been a tutor for excluded children and a Primary Music Teacher to boot!

    I have therefore had the good fortune to experience teaching pupils from Year R to Year 11 in both mainstream and SEN settings. I really would like to branch out into mainstream now and feel I would be suited to EYFS.

    What would you recommend? Do I need to get some TA experience within this field? If I do this, is this going to look good or bad further down the line when I apply for teaching jobs? I know I am qualified to teach across the age range with QTS but definitely need experience and know if I just apply for jobs I will surely be looked over in favour of those with EYFS mainstream experience. Has anyone had any experience of this?

    I would be very grateful for any advice.

    Many thanks!


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