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Moving from primary to early years….

Discussion in 'Early Years' started by frankielewis94, Mar 17, 2016.

  1. frankielewis94

    frankielewis94 New commenter


    I am just about to qualify as a primary teacher (5-11) but have had nursery agency experience and think I may be more suited to the early years… I have looked online and can't find any conversion courses, could someone point me in the right direction? Or give me a bit of advice? Will it be hard for me to get a teaching/more senior role in a nursery if I'm primary trained and what can I do to change this if it is a problem!

    Thanks :)
  2. ChickpeaPea

    ChickpeaPea New commenter

    If you're primary trained you're qualified to work as a teacher in early years!
  3. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Just apply for reception or nursery jobs in schools. You sound like an ideal candidate, experience of little ones and training with older ones. Perfect!
  4. Kartoshka

    Kartoshka Established commenter

    Once you have QTS you are technically qualified to teach any year group, but your specialism will be in KS1 and KS2 (as you trained with these age groups).
  5. Jesmond12

    Jesmond12 Star commenter

    I have moved staff from EYFS into KS1 and vice versa.
  6. Gemget84

    Gemget84 New commenter

    Is there a top up course available to move from early years to primary. ?
  7. afromdevon

    afromdevon New commenter

    I'm an NQT and have had experience in KS1 and KS2 but have been given Reception from September onwards - is it completely different? Apart from reading the Framework and Development Matters, where else can we go to learn what to do? I would certainly go on a course, if there was one.
  8. Gemget84

    Gemget84 New commenter

    I have not had an early years post as of yet as iv just qualified but u would say reading the frameworks would be a good place to start. Don't know if u know about the new one... how good is our learning centre I think it is called.

    Let us know how u get on
  9. Kartoshka

    Kartoshka Established commenter

    Yes, it is completely different. KS1 and KS2 are teacher led; the teacher plans lessons, which he/she teaches, and then children consolidate learning by completing tasks chosen by the teacher.
    EYFS is child led. Most of the time in the classroom is spent with the teacher observing the children at play and joining in their play in order to extend their thinking and learning. The teacher plans the environment, and the children use this is in their own way as they play.

    I can highly recommend the book "The Reception Teacher In Action" by Anna Ephgrave as a good starting point for understanding what teaching looks like in EYFS. It tells you things you, as a teacher, should be doing/thinking about in each month (eg. home visits in September,) and explores how children's learning develops over the year.

    Alistair Bryce Clegg is also a popular author and I am currently reading his book "Best Practice In The Early Years", which seems like a good introduction for new teachers.
    dizzymai likes this.

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