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Who is qualified/allowed to be a nursery teacher in a LA maintained school?

Discussion in 'Early Years' started by royalstu11, Mar 11, 2016.

  1. royalstu11

    royalstu11 New commenter

    I am about to take up my first headship in a Primary School. We have a large nursery section as part of our EYFS. Are there restrictions regarding who I can and cannot employ? Obviously, those with QTS via the usual routes are fine. But I am particularly interested in employment of staff with Early Years Teacher status. I have been told this is not enough for a maintained school. Can this really be true?

    Many thanks in advance,
  2. grumbleweed

    grumbleweed Star commenter

    Yes its true, you have to have a qualified school teacher as defined by the education act. Its all in the eyfs statutory guidance which I do suggest you have a look at if you are not too familiar with early years.

    You could recruit a EYT on a temporary basis if you cannot find a QTS as an unqualified teacher, or instructor. This would be on the same basis that you might recruit any unqualified teacher.
  3. royalstu11

    royalstu11 New commenter

    Many thanks. What a shame.
  4. royalstu11

    royalstu11 New commenter

    One more question: is there any way for them to qualify appropriately whilst on the job?
  5. grumbleweed

    grumbleweed Star commenter

    Hmm, I'm sure others will have better knowledge on that one would I'd imagine there are still SCITT courses or similar still available. I'd just bare in mind two things really:
    1. Someone who has done a degree then gone on to EYTS may well not want to do further training, as if they had wanted to teach in a school, they would probably have gone down that route in the first place,.
    2. If you employ someone who will be out of class a fair bit, this can be very disruptive for very young children, especially if the nursery is quite small. You'd need very strong and regular cover staff to ensure a strong key person system can still work.

    Did you have someone in mind or are you just exploring an idea?
  6. rochelle_lindie

    rochelle_lindie New commenter

    I don't get the same impression from the document Grumbleweed posted. From this Eyts and eyps can hold the post. Not an expert but if you get anymore info pls share
  7. bobbycatrules

    bobbycatrules New commenter

    Last week the NSPCC (?) were recommending that EYFS teachers have QTS in order to better develop young children's language skills.
  8. grumbleweed

    grumbleweed Star commenter

    3.37 of the state framework linked to above..sorry can't cut and paste.

    Having said that once your school becomes an academy you can employ unqualified teachers anyway.

    It was the save the children report that recommends a qualified EYT (not necessarily QTS) for every nursery.
  9. Looseseal

    Looseseal New commenter

    There are also lots of teachers who have a PGCE QTS in Early Years (nursery to year 2). So they will have chosen to specialize in teaching Foundation Stage, if that is what you are looking for.
  10. Jesmond12

    Jesmond12 Star commenter

    Spot on. I took on a EYT for a term until I filled the post with a qualified teacher.
  11. Coolgiraffe

    Coolgiraffe Occasional commenter

    Employ a qualified teacher with a degree in early years education if you want a quality learning experience for the children and someone who is flexible enough to move year groups in the future if needed. If you employ someone with less than QTS you are devaluing the profession.
    jomaimai likes this.

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