Early Childhood graduate with Early Years Teacher Status
I am a recent graduate from the University of Gloucestershire. During my studies, I attended many different placements, which included Early years children's centres as well as special needs schools. Each placement taught me and equipped me with different practical skills. Initially, I worked with small groups, which allowed me to gain valuable skills, such as behaviour management. Working 1:1 with children taught me that praise and positive feedback goes a long way to stimulate learning. This then progressed to me planning and delivering lessons to the whole class.
After finishing my undergraduate course, I started working at a multi-cultural school as a teaching assistant. I undertook a course in Early Years Initial Teacher Training whilst working at this school. This post allowed me to work alongside the class teacher, planning for subjects across the curriculum, as well as observing and assessing individual children. I was also responsible for mentoring undergraduate students on placement. Furthermore, I became familiar with phonics ‘read, write inc’, therefore, I could plan for, and deliver these sessions to the children. After finishing the EYITT, I gained Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS).
Being multi lingual has meant that I am able to relate more to children and parents with English as an additional language. Whilst in my last year of university, I tutored 3 children who had English as an additional language. Along with tutoring the children, I was able to give advice to the parents on how to support their children themselves with things like homework set by the school and other activities that would aid their English language.