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Do you know in schools in EYFS (nursery and reception) if they teach phonics and numeracy? Or does phonics and numeracy start in Year 1?
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Do you know in schools in EYFS (nursery and reception) if they teach phonics and numeracy? Or does phonics and numeracy start in Year 1?
In EYFS. I've helped in a Reception class (pre-Covid) and by the end of Reception they were onto th sh oa etc.
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In EYFS. I've helped in a Reception class (pre-Covid) and by the end of Reception they were onto th sh oa etc.
Do you think I should do a Level 2 TA course to become an EYFS teaching assistant? Or should I just skip the course and start working? Not sure if they will fire me without the course, lol...As English is not my first language, I find it difficult to grasp phonics. I did start learning English at the age of 5, now I am 32.
Is it easy to be EYFS teaching assistant? Do teaching assistants teach phonics in reception? Or is that the teacher's job?
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Do you think I should do a Level 2 TA course to become an EYFS teaching assistant? Or should I just skip the course and start working? Not sure if they will fire me without the course, lol...As English is not my first language, I find it difficult to grasp phonics. I did start learning English at the age of 5, now I am 32.
Is it easy to be EYFS teaching assistant? Do teaching assistants teach phonics in reception? Or is that the teacher's job?
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Muttley79 may be able to help

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What qualifications do you have at the moment? And do you have any experience of working with young children?

You don't necessarily need L2 TA course to work as one.
You won't be expected to plan and teach phonics as such, but depending on how the school operates and what phonics scheme they follow, you might be allocated a group to work with daily or even support with interventions.
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Do you know in schools in EYFS (nursery and reception) if they teach phonics and numeracy? Or does phonics and numeracy start in Year 1?
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(Original post by 3umbrellas)
Do you think I should do a Level 2 TA course to become an EYFS teaching assistant? Or should I just skip the course and start working? Not sure if they will fire me without the course, lol...As English is not my first language, I find it difficult to grasp phonics. I did start learning English at the age of 5, now I am 32.
Is it easy to be EYFS teaching assistant? Do teaching assistants teach phonics in reception? Or is that the teacher's job?
What qualifications do you have now?
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What qualifications do you have at the moment? And do you have any experience of working with young children?

You don't necessarily need L2 TA course to work as one.
You won't be expected to plan and teach phonics as such, but depending on how the school operates and what phonics scheme they follow, you might be allocated a group to work with daily or even support with interventions.
I have a PG certificate in HR. I am currently a supply teaching assistant. For supply, I don't need level 2 TA course, but a lot of schools do ask for this course if you want to work permanently for them.
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What qualifications do you have now?
PG Cert in HR.
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So you have a degree?
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PG Cert in HR.
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So you have a degree?
Ya in psychology
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What qualifications do you have at the moment? And do you have any experience of working with young children?

You don't necessarily need L2 TA course to work as one.
You won't be expected to plan and teach phonics as such, but depending on how the school operates and what phonics scheme they follow, you might be allocated a group to work with daily or even support with interventions.
What are interventions
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Ya in psychology
You are more than qualified - you could even teach after a PGCE. Perhaps get more familiar with the EYFS curriculum I posted above?

Are schools aware you have a degree when they ask for a level 2 qualification?
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You are more than qualified - you could even teach after a PGCE. Perhaps get more familiar with the EYFS curriculum I posted above?

Are schools aware you have a degree when they ask for a level 2 qualification?
When I said schools ask for Level 2 qualification, I meant in the job ads I saw online.
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And does anyone know what phonics scheme the majority of England schools use?
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When I said schools ask for Level 2 qualification, I meant in the job ads I saw online.
level 2 is GCSE - you have a degree - you can apply. However I would find out more about what EYFS is all about.

Answering you other question - intervention - this is additional support when a child has difficulties in their learning. Two I'm aware of are 'Every Child Counts' and 'Reading recovery' ...
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level 2 is GCSE - you have a degree - you can apply. However I would find out more about what EYFS is all about.

Answering you other question - intervention - this is additional support when a child has difficulties in their learning. Two I'm aware of are 'Every Child Counts' and 'Reading recovery' ...
Thank you for your help.
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level 2 is GCSE - you have a degree - you can apply. However I would find out more about what EYFS is all about.

Answering you other question - intervention - this is additional support when a child has difficulties in their learning. Two I'm aware of are 'Every Child Counts' and 'Reading recovery' ...
Thank you! I have another question: most probably I will start a Level 2 TA course in September. Not 100 percent decided. If I do, I will be doing a year 1 placement one day a week as part of the course. Should I do an EYFS placement on top of this to gain experience into phonics or is year 1 phonics enough experience?
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