One thing that made my work as a nursery teacher more onerous than should have been necessary was the fact that TAs were employed for the school day only. They came and left with the children. During the day the expectation was that the TAs would support children all day. So time-consuming low level tasks such as sterilising and filling water bottles, sharpening pencils, washing paint pots etc just weren't done while the children were there, but by me after and before school. We managed to devise a timetable which included tidying resources away during school time (everything had to be brought in from outside each afternoon), but I had to set up outside in the morning because otherwise there were outside resources in the way when children came in first thing in the morning. I deeply resented the way really necessary tasks, vital to providing a good quality learning environment, were discounted and ignored by managers in their organisation of personnel. I certainly think it would be of benefit to rethink the duties of TAs more along the lines of the French model.