Profession early years teaching assistant

Early years teaching assistants support the early years teacher in an early years or nursery school. They assist in class instruction, in classroom supervision in absence of the head teacher, and in organising, developing and putting into practice of the daily schedule. Early years teaching assistants monitor and help students in group as well as individually, and tend to focus on the students in need of extra care and attention the early years teacher cannot provide.

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Personality Type

  • Social / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Workplace sanitation

    The importance of a clean, sanitary workspace for example through use of hand disinfectant and sanitizer, in order to minimise infection risk between colleagues or when working with children.

  • Children's physical development

    Recognise and describe the development, observing the following criteria: weight, length, and head size, nutritional requirements, renal function, hormonal influences on development, response to stress, and infection.

  • Kindergarten school procedures

    The inner workings of a kindergarten, such as the structure of the relevant education support and management, policies, and regulations.

Skills

  • Assess the development of youth

    Observe and assess the developmental needs of children and young people in all aspects of their developmental, identity, emotional, social, linguistic and communication needs.

  • Assist students with equipment

    Provide assistance to students when working with (technical) equipment used in practice-based lessons and solve operational problems when necessary.

  • Guarantee students' safety

    Ensure all students falling under an instructor or other person’s supervision are safe and accounted for. Follow safety precautions in the learning situation.

  • Observe student's progress

    Follow up on students’ learning progress and assess their achievements and needs.

  • Assist in children's development of basic personal skills

    Encourage and facilitate the development of children's natural curiosity and social and language abilities through creative and social activities such as storytelling, imaginative play, songs, drawing, and games.

  • Give constructive feedback

    Provide founded feedback through both criticism and praise in a respectful, clear, and consistent manner. Highlight achievements as well as mistakes and set up methods of formative assessment to evaluate work.

  • Provide teacher support

    Assist teachers in classroom instruction by providing and preparing lesson materials, monitoring the students during their work and helping them in their learning where necessary.

  • Assist students in their learning

    Support and coach students in their work, give learners practical support and encouragement.

  • Maintain students' discipline

    Make sure students follow the rules and code of behaviour established in the school and take the appropriate measures in case of violation or misbehaviour.

  • Encourage students to acknowledge their achievements

    Stimulate students to appreciate their own achievements and actions to nurture confidence and educational growth.

  • Attend to children's basic physical needs

    Tend to children by feeding them, dressing them, and, if necessary, regularly changing their diapers in a sanitary manner.

  • Implement care programmes for children

    Perform activities with children according to their physical, emotional, intellectual and social needs by using appropriate tools and equipment that facilitate interaction and learning activities.

  • Provide lesson materials

    Ensure that the necessary materials for teaching a class, such as visual aids, are prepared, up-to-date, and present in the instruction space.

  • Support children's wellbeing

    Provide an environment that supports and values children and helps them to manage their own feelings and relationships with others.

  • Manage children's problems

    Promote the prevention, early detection, and management of children`s problems, focusing on developmental delays and disorders, behavioural problems, functional disabilities, social stresses, mental disorders including depression, and anxiety disorders.

  • Support the positiveness of youths

    Help children and young people to assess their social, emotional and identity needs and to develop a positive self image, enhance their self esteem and improve their self reliance.

  • Perform playground surveillance

    Observe students' recreational activities to ensure student safety and well-being and intervene when necessary.

Optional knowledge and skills

escort students on a field trip curriculum objectives body language first aid prepare lesson content common children's diseases teamwork principles perform classroom management promote the safeguarding of young people liaise with educational support staff learning difficulties facilitate teamwork between students provide after school care organise creative performance maintain relations with children's parents teach kindergarten class content

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