Interview with an EYFS teaching assistant
This week , I have had the opportunity to interview Sarah.H, a reception class teaching assistant and asked her some questions on what its like to be one.
How long have you worked with the EYFS for ?
Why did you choose to be a reception teaching assistant?
I had studied the EYFS at college, but it was called the NNEB (National Nursery Education Board) back when I was at college. I originally was employed as a key stage 2 Teaching Assistant, but the new Head Teacher wanted to use my resources in Early Years which I was more than happy to do. I ended up staying for several years in Early Years and enjoyed the diverse areas of learning.
How would you get the children to feel comfortable around you?
All children are different and some are more confident and outgoing than others. We do home visits before a child starts school and if they attend the pre-school within the school grounds, they come for several taster sessions and there is a session for children who attend other preschools.
Crouching down to a child’s level and doing fun activities are all part of a child feeling assured too.
What would you do to try and get children involved in certain activities if they refuse?
Some work is set and some is free play, but most activities are done in a fun way and either individually or in small groups. Even if they are a set activity, it will involve play.
What is your favourite activity to do with the children?
Physical activities, maths and reading a story or singing sessions.
What tips would you give to people who want to start out working in the EYFS?
You have to have a lot of enthusiasm, and energy, have patience and do not mind getting dirty (there is lots of ‘ messy play’) and that you like working outdoors too.
If you would like to become a teaching assistant, you can take theese following qualifications with TiEGr: