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I have Alevels & an NVQ in Early years childcare & education, What would I need to do to be a teacher?

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KatyMac Fri 28-Mar-08 21:32:55

Very speculative atm

But it's something I am considering


lyrasdaemon Fri 28-Mar-08 22:04:44

As far as I know, you would need a degree (preferably in a subject linked to the national curriculum) followed by a PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education). You would also need GCSEs in english, maths and science at grade C or above.

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southeastastra Fri 28-Mar-08 22:06:06

what about your nursery

Heated Fri 28-Mar-08 22:08:32

Or a BEd, if thinking primary.

You can do a traditional degree at uni or OU.

Do you have a subject in mind?

KatyMac Fri 28-Mar-08 22:10:10

Maths ? Science?

SEA - look heresad

So I am looking at 4yrs FT?

southeastastra Fri 28-Mar-08 22:15:48

blimey sorry about that katymac what a pita.

if you have a degree getting into teaching itsn't that hard afaik. there is support teaching i think thought not really sure what that entails.

KatyMac Fri 28-Mar-08 22:17:01

sad no degree

So lots of studying

southeastastra Fri 28-Mar-08 22:18:23

i don't have a degree either and wish i could go into teaching now too. but i can't take 7 years old to study, it's just not possible is it.

KatyMac Fri 28-Mar-08 22:20:31

I could study - I guess I'm not sure I want to

I do need a new direction tho'

KatyMac Fri 28-Mar-08 22:21:29

I'm trying to decide over here what to do?

southeastastra Fri 28-Mar-08 22:27:36

i feel a bit like you atm too. i'll hopefully get my nvq3 soon but struggle to know what to do with it in the long term.

i think i'd really miss working with children though. they're so much more civilised than adults grin

Heated Fri 28-Mar-08 22:28:18

Pretty much. You need a degree which is 3 yrs (or 4 yrs if doing a BEd) followed by a post grad year, usually a PGCE. However, given that Maths or Science are your possible subjects you would qualify for a golden handshake in your PGCE year or you could go the Graduate Trainee route after degree, which puts you in the classroom on about a 70% timetable and 15k-20k training wage.

Sorry to hear about your econursery plans. My dcs go to an amazing nursery on a farm. The nursery owner and farm owner have shared ownership. Don't suppose you can think of a landowner who'd like to diversify?

Is the CM career not for you then?

KatyMac Fri 28-Mar-08 22:30:38

I've kind of 'done it' it's getting stale - I won't stay this good if I don't do something else, the nursery filled a hole

But now what?

southeastastra Fri 28-Mar-08 22:33:47

have you local children's centres that could help you, they've got big budgets

Heated Fri 28-Mar-08 22:34:04

A franchise, like Tumbletots?

KatyMac Fri 28-Mar-08 22:37:19

SEA - yes they have for opening large nurseries in Children's centres - they are my main competition

Hmm Franchise

southeastastra Fri 28-Mar-08 22:38:38

why don't you join them?

KatyMac Fri 28-Mar-08 22:41:51

I don't think I would be very good at 'toeing the line' I'm too damn stubborn blush

southeastastra Fri 28-Mar-08 22:43:30

i work for the LA the funding they get is worth it. they need people who don't 'tow the line' that's how things change.

KatyMac Fri 28-Mar-08 22:44:55

Well the closest has recruited

I wonder about the 3 next closest

schneebly Fri 28-Mar-08 22:45:09

Katymac - some universities do a 3 year FT BA in primary teaching with QTS. That would knock a year off study time.

KatyMac Fri 28-Mar-08 22:49:00


That sounds good

southeastastra Fri 28-Mar-08 22:50:24

as far as i understand the budget that has gone into childrens centres has been huge so i'd look into that. if you're independent they're not interested.

CaptainUnderpants Fri 28-Mar-08 22:52:35

Do a Foundation degree in Early years which can be done part time i.e one afternoon a week. But you must be working in an early years setting .

this is for two years - the you top it up to a full degree with another year.

You can then go on to do teacher quxlification but it will only allow you to teach at Foundation Stage.

schneebly Fri 28-Mar-08 22:52:40

something like this maybe? if you have mainly worked with younger kids

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