Working in the Early Year Foundation Stage?

The early year kids are in a pivotal stage of their lives where their brains are sharp and receptive. Anything that goes in sticks for a long time to come. Early year foundation teachers are responsible for the academic foundations of these kids and so they play a critical role in their lives. 

What they learn at this stage of their lives will define their academic future to a large extent and that’s what you’ll be doing basically. Also, you’ll be preparing them for a successful transition to primary level education. 

If they transit without being well-grounded, it will be detrimental to their primary education and more work load for their new teachers. These early year kids fall in between the 0- 5 age bracket. 

So it’s from birth till they are up to five which makes your job a very significant one. So if you want to know what it’s like working as an early year foundation teacher, then continue reading. 

Job Descriptions of an Early Year Foundation Stage Teacher 

So this is what early year teachers do or what it’s like working as one. You’ll be doing anyone of the following: 

  • Inspiring and encouraging kids to learn through different media that are irresistible and enticing to them 
  • Inventing learning aids, mostly visuals that can help accelerate the teaching process and as well promote faster assimilation 
  • Monitoring a child’s learning progress, recording and reporting to relevant quarters where necessary 
  • Ensuring the safety of these vulnerable ones in the classroom while trying to impact their lives with education. 
  • Ensuring that they are in good health and taking necessary actions to address any health challenges they may encounter while learning is going 

  • Forming alliances with other partners in the early year sector, sharing knowledge gained from the experience and learning from them 
  • Working with other teaching staff, especially teaching assistants to plan and strategize activities for the kids both indoors and outdoors activities 
  • Coordinating their outdoor activities during extra-curricular hours and ensuring each child is carried along leaving none behind 
  • Teaching them basic morals 
  • Keeping up with modern trends in early year child development as well as changes in the curriculum 

Working Hours 

Since your work for the substantial part of its existence will be confined to a school environment or an early year child development center, your working hours will be in line with how the school or establishment operates. 

Conventionally, working time starts from 7:30am to 3:30pm. Usually the kids could start arriving anytime from 8:00am to 9:00am and so you should be on ground to receive them and then closing time may also vary but usually fall in between 2pm and 4pm depending on how the school operates. 

Most parents and wardens may arrive earlier to pick up their kids. Some days, closing time may extend to 6:30pm for parents who return late. Shifts are however involved so there’s always someone to stay with the kids when they’re done with the day’s activities until someone arrives to pick them up. 

Extra hours for staff meetings may be included. You could work part-time or full time, depends on the contract.