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TA teaching the Nursery

Discussion in 'Early Years' started by shellK, Jan 27, 2012.

  1. It's abit of both to be honest. I am a TA so interested but am looking at if from a parent point of view.

    From what I know the school are looking at making the TA level 4, who has worked in the Nursery for 9 years to Nursery "teacher" including planning, observations and assessment. She will be over seen by the co-ordinator who will be in the Reception class. This is not a short term thing tho, they are talking year on year.

    There will be no more than 26 children at any given time, and there will be a TA level 3 and a TA level 1 in the class as well.

    Thank you for the info.
  2. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    from a parent's point of view the school is breaking the law
    from a teacher's point of view the school is breaking the lawWe have received the following clarification from the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) about this issue.
    The early years foundation stage (EYFS) requires that, in nursery classes in maintained schools and maintained nursery schools:
    there is at least one member of staff for every 13 children
    at least one member of staff is <u>a teacher</u>, and
    at least one other member of staff is qualified to level 3.
    The DCSF is aware that it is necessary to provide further clarification on what should happen at times when the teacher is out of the classroom. Some people have been concerned that the EYFS will require a teacher to be present at all times, meaning that HLTAs and other support staff will not be able to lead the class during PPA time as they currently do. However, this is not the intention. Nor is it the intention to change the way in which schools currently manage PPA time or to supersede the Section 133 regulations and guidance. The DCSF can understand why the current drafting of the EYFS has given rise to these concerns and are currently considering the revisions that will need to be made.
    We hope this clarifies the issue for those concerned - From HTLA Matters (October 2007)

  3. katycustard

    katycustard Occasional commenter

    You have to be really clear if the school has a maintained nursery class or a pre-school/play group which might seem to parents to be part of the school as a nursery class. If the former, then a teacher is needed, if the latter then a level 3/TA/Nursery Nurse can run the class.
    In my LA there are many such schools, mainly rural ones, who (to all intents) have a nursery class which is in fact a pre-school/playgroup. Ofsted inspect as 'an early years setting' so the actual status is not necessarily mentioned. Schools in this position call them 'nursery classes' so it's no wonder parents think they are!

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