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14 Years Teaching Experience - Want to Change to EYFS - advice needed!

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' 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 have posted on the EYFS group but thought this would be more relevant?

    I would be very grateful for any advice.

    Many thanks!

  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    To put it succinctly, it depends on what the competition is!

    If they receive very few applications, and yours sets out a clear case for why you are the best person, then you have a better chance!

    So do a good E.S. and emphasise your skills.

    Moving from secondary to primary

    Best wishes


    Meet Theo on line on the TES JobSeekers Forum, where she answers jobseeking and careers queries regularly each week.
  3. Thank you. I see this means Executive Summary? I must admit I have not come across this before so I will do some research into this (this is different from a bog standard CV right?!)

    Many thanks for replying!
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

  5. Thank you very much, I will have a read through!
  6. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

  7. dizzymai

    dizzymai New commenter

    If you can, I would definitely get some TA experience in an EYFS setting. Were you thinking of Reception or Nursery? Because they are quite different. One of the main things you might need to learn is how to teach phonics- most schools now use synthetic phonics- either Read write Inc or Letters and Sounds.

    Nurture group experience is good in an infant school but it is only pastoral care effectively and with small groups.

    I would recommend you read some EYFS materials, such as the handbook


    and spend some time in a reception classroom for example for a good few weeks before deciding. Then, get some proper hands on experience. It's not for everyone. I have found it fascinating and stimulating, having taught in both KS1 and KS2 previously, and it has definitely broadened my teaching skills and developed my understanding of how children learn, but I don't want to stay because it is so specialised.
  8. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Some really helpful insights there, Dizzy, thank you!

    Best wishes


    Meet Theo on line on the TES JobSeekers Forum, where she answers jobseeking and careers queries regularly each week.

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