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Best tips for a Nursery teacher

Discussion in 'Early Years' started by jomaimai, Oct 28, 2015.

  1. jomaimai

    jomaimai Established commenter

    Hello all,

    I though it will be useful to share the things that make your life easier in an EYFS class.

    Here goes my tip:
    • for pegs labels get the photos of every child with the main carer (the one that regularly picks the child up from school). This can be done during home visits or the first days of school. It has save me, my TAs, volunteers, supply teachers... lots of checks. It is also very nice for the children, they love to look at the photos, and you can have nice talks about their family...
    and another from Anna Ephgrave's book that I love
    • get a suspension file for each child and a file box to drop any photos, observation, work... instantly. Then, you just need to grab the child's file to work on their Learning journey.
    Please, share yours.
  2. missrturner

    missrturner Occasional commenter

    I love the tip about getting a photograph with the main carer.

    One tip that I introduced into my F1 class was to also have a photograph taken with the child's key worker. This not only went into their learning journal and was displayed on the key worker board but it was great to also show the children during circle time to encourage key worker discussions.

    An OFSTED inspector really praised this, as some of his questions to the children were about their key workers (i.e Do you know who your key worker is? / Do you know who to talk to if you have a problem?) Just a little tip that I've shared ever since.
  3. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

    Hello @jomaimai, this is a really good idea so I have pinned this discussion in the hope that others will share their tips as well.
  4. Jammy69

    Jammy69 New commenter

  5. inky

    inky Lead commenter

    Get the children to articulate heir needs, modelling the request as appropriate. For example, never just put a coat on a child who simply holds it up and grunts. Ask them what they want you to do, and help them put their request into words.

    Encourage the children to help each other with that sort of simple task.

    When they take a tumble and burst into automatic tears even though they've not really hurt themselves, enourage independence by launching into 'Pick yourself up, dust yourself down and start all over again, BOOM BOOM!' If you don't know the tune, do a google.

    NEVER use baby talk with them. They're intelligent, developing human beings who deserve to be spoken to in real English.
  6. jomaimai

    jomaimai Established commenter

    Thank you!
    Someone is not that "busy" doing Profile books!
    Mr Primary likes this.
  7. mandybear212

    mandybear212 New commenter

    Good idea to always tell the children what you are doing and what they will be doing next. Always acknowledge the objects seen and being used to promote language development.
  8. Gemget84

    Gemget84 New commenter

    I like this idea too. I have only seen pictures with the people who pick the children up so I will be sure to implement this when I get a job!!
    bekastks and StarbuckEducation like this.
  9. rosie_rj

    rosie_rj New commenter

    I've had a recent ofsted and will table about some of the things they liked!
    Have a password system set up. Ask the main cares to give you a password if anyone else comes to collect the child other then themselves they have to give you the password before you release. This is good safeguarding practice that Ofsted love. That way if there is any cover etc or someone doesn't know parents you have a system set up.
    Have a visual timetable that encourages independence. So you are showing you are pushing this everyday. Have a clear consistent daily routine! I use a 'now and next' so they children know what they are doing.
    Set up your table tops based on your child's interests-which I know everyone does but just make sure you pencil this on any weekly plans-good for ofsted!
    Have a PSED display- values of nursery friendships etc
    Have some higher level questions to extend play displayed-for staff e.g 'What could you add to your picture to make it better?' 'What do you think you should do with the empty glue pot?'
    Have the children name cards at a level that the children can get to. I have my stuck to the wall using Velcro so they children can take them down when they need to write their name.
    Have resources in pictured labeled boxes so the children can select what they want to play with/use this encourages creativity.
  10. Gemget84

    Gemget84 New commenter

    Hi Rosie... thanks. More great ideas. Thanks for your input
    rosie_rj likes this.
  11. Sir Cumference

    Sir Cumference Occasional commenter

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  12. StarbuckEducation

    StarbuckEducation New commenter

    I was a Nursery teacher for 3 years and now am a Reception Teacher, here are 10 tips from me,

  13. calamansi

    calamansi Lead commenter

    A bit late, i know (only just saw this thread) but don't forget to sometimes tell a story without a book or props. You'll have to do it well, so rehearse at home if need be.
    jomaimai likes this.
  14. calamansi

    calamansi Lead commenter

    At "tidy up time " sit with the bin in front of you. Make it a competition. Everybody has to bring at least three bits of rubbish to the bin. Works a treat!
    bekastks and arayathongbai like this.
  15. katycustard

    katycustard Occasional commenter

    I didn't know you were an early years person calamansi, the best of us are!
    zizzyballoon likes this.
  16. cadoc

    cadoc New commenter

    Great video with fab advice..thank you!
    StarbuckEducation, Elijuca and RR1 like this.
  17. calamansi

    calamansi Lead commenter

    I was until I retired. Ive taught all primary years but have a special fondness for the lovely little developing three-year-old minds.
    katycustard likes this.
  18. katycustard

    katycustard Occasional commenter

    I've taught Y1, 2, 6 & Nursery and Nursery is where my heart lies. I love the fact you can often see learning taking place right in front of your eyes, I love that young children haven't learnt social conventions yet and will let you know exactly what they are thinking and feeling. No two days are the same!
    taayibahg likes this.
  19. Hi please can anyone help how to support an autistic child in the classroom
  20. Hican1980

    Hican1980 New commenter

    That's a great idea. Thanks for your sharing

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