Early Years Practitioner
The Nurturing Tree
Research, Teaching & Training
Early Years Practitioners work in preschool, nursery, and reception classes with children aged between one and five. They plan and carry out activities in line with the requirements of the early years' foundation stage (EYFS). Early Years Practitioners develop the social and communication skills of children and provide a safe and secure environment in which the child can learn. They build and maintain relationships with parents and guardians to further support pupils, as well as operate within multi-agency networks to ensure the correct support is available. Early Years Practitioners record observations and summarise the children’s achievements. They focus on optimum child development and preparation for a successful transition to primary school education.
- Minimum Qualification:N.C.E
- Experience Level:Entry level
- Experience Length:1 year
- Early Years Practitioners assist the teacher in teaching all areas of the foundation stage, which is focused on helping children to achieve early learning goals.
- Motivating and stimulating children’s learning abilities, often encouraging learning through experience
- Providing pastoral care and support to children and providing them with a secure environment to learn
- Developing and producing visual aids and teaching resources
- Organizing learning materials and resources and making imaginative use of resources
- Assisting with the development of children’s personal, social, and language abilities
- Supporting the development of children’s basic skills, including physical coordination, speech, and communication
- Encouraging children’s mathematical and creative development through stories, songs, games, drawing, and imaginative play
- Developing children’s curiosity and knowledge
- Working with others including teaching assistants and class aids to plan and coordinate work both indoors and outdoors
- Observing, assessing, and recording each child’s progress
- Attending in-service training
- Ensuring the health and safety of children and staff is maintained during all activities, both inside and outside the nursery or school
- Keeping up to date with changes in the curriculum and developments in best practice
- Reporting directly to the Class Teacher (key stage worker)
- Assisting children in their health and self-care which includes toilet trips and nappy changing.
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