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Moving to nursery

Discussion in 'Early Years' started by louzee22, May 15, 2012.

  1. louzee22

    louzee22 New commenter

    Hi I am moving to nursery in September I am looking forward to it as I asked to move as been in reception 6 years since being a nqt. I would be greatful if any nursery teachers could share any good practice from nursery . For example time tables and how to teach children to use the areas. I am a little worried I will go in teaching to much as so used to reception. Thanks for your help in advance
  2. My biggest piece of advice would be to talk to the other staff that work in the nursery. Explain to them that you are new and that you are unsure about what to expect when moving into the nursery. You will probably find that things will have been done a "certain way" for a few years at least and from my experience, nursery staff need time to adjust to change. I wouldn't call them inflexible but all nurseries rely on a balance of team work and this means finding what works and then doing it over and over and over again.
    I moved into a new role in a nursery 2 years ago now. I'd not taught nursery since my NQT year when I had a really awful encounter with a particularly viscious nursery nurse. I was completely nervous about what to expect. However, I was upfront with the staff. I said that I had no recent experience in the nursery and whilst I had a good idea of what worked on paper, I had no idea what that actually meant in practice, and would they help me to settle into my role. If they saw me doing something that wasn't usually done that way, would they tell me, and would they also support any new ideas that I had.
    There's a risk involved with this strategy. You could end up with staff who point out every little thing that you do differently to your predecessor. I, on the other hand, was very lucky. I have an amazing team of staff who made me feel so welcome in the nursery and guided me with what had worked well in the past. When I introduced new ideas that were less successful, they tried them, then laughed with me when they went wrong.
    I think you'll be fine. There is the worry about teaching too much but don't forget that teaching doesn't just happen "on the carpet". You will be teaching children how to play, how to share, how to socialise, how to verbalise, how to express emotion, and many other basic skills as well as what we consider to be the more traditional "teaching". I remember a friend of mine who had just come out of a nursery teaching post saying how she'd never really thought about having to teach children how to cross their legs to sit on the carpet or teaching them how to line up.
    I love teaching nursery. It's hugely rewarding, and you also take the accolade of being their very first teacher!
  3. I'm sure you will love nursery but be prepared for it to be a culture shock! Try and get into nursery a few times before the summer holiday just to get a feel of it, but don't forget the children will have been there for 3 terms and done a lot of learning in that time. Expect the first half term in September to be about PSED while children get used to mixing with others, following very basic routines and, in some cases, wiping their own bottoms. You may have some criers and some fighters. But never despair, they will all come round. You will look at them after Christmas and realise they have adapted and are showing independence. But in that first term be prepared to abandon all plans at the drop of a hat, troubleshoot constantly around the room and mop up all manner of things. Do not keep the children sitting on the carpet for any longer than you need for a couple of songs. You can build from that. Plan as you go along noting what works and what doesn't.
  4. louzee22

    louzee22 New commenter

    Hi thanks very much for your advice . There is only one other person in nursery and there is talk of moving support staff so I will see . I will try and pop in as much as I can to get a feel of the place. Do u do open snack ? Or snack time altogether ? Also outside is it best to all go out at once ? Any chance I could have a copy of your time tables ? Would be a great help. Thanks
  5. It would be useful if there is someone with nursery experience there when you start, but not essential.As regards snack, I have done it both ways. I found that with open snack it needed to be supervised quite tightly to start with to make sure children wash their hands and are sensible and polite with each other. Supervision can be eased off, but to be honest I would not have wanted to withdraw the support altogether. I used to run open snack for about one hour during the session. Children brought their name cards when they came for snack and we would do a check that everyone who wanted snack had had it by the time we closed.My personal preference is for the children to have snack in their key groups with their key worker. It is a good opportunity to support good manners, social skills and speaking and listening. I only did open snack because the early years adviser advised it. I always kept the timetable very simple, and I put the basic template on the resource bank here. The best way to find it is probably to put Thumbie into the resources search.With going out I have always tried to have free flow as much as possible, but it depends on staff cover. It is probably the best way to domitnwihin the philosophy of the EYFS, but practicalities rule! Good luck.

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