This is my first ever forum post.. and to be honest i'm not quite sure where to start!!! (except to say how FANTASTIC this site is in terms of research.. and how great it is to read real life stories.. Thanks!! Brilliant!!)
We are a family of four, myself (35 and totally nesh!!) my hubby (40 and the main visa applicant.. who doesn't actually want to move anywhere!!!), Our son (almost 18.. and desperate to move anywhere!!) and our daughter (just turned 3.. and gorgeous!!).
We are currently at the 'can't breath.. could hear any day now' stage of the AITSL skills assessment (which has been a total nightmare and taken forever chasing paperwork!!) and crossing all our fingers and toes we get the go ahead from this to continue on to applying for SS and then HOPEFULLY main visa etc to EVENTUALLY get the golden tickets for a life changing BIG move down under... BUT.. as always.. there are problems!!
My husband and I both teach (we each have over 15yrs experience - Primary/Foundation Phase, currently working as advisory teachers for the LA). We have good CV's in terms of experience and additional specialisms etc and i feel we have a lot to offer a wide range of settings (as well as an extrodinarily huge amount to learn!!!) However, although my husband did the 4yr Bachelor of Education Degree and so hopefully will be ok to register etc, my degree was a THREE year Bachelor of Arts (HONS) degree in Primary Education with Qualified Teacher Status!!! This qualifies me in this country to teach Primary 3-11yrs but as i understand it a 3yr degree means i am not actually qualified to teach in Oz at all!!!! (GUTTED.. i LOVE LOVE LOVE my job!!!) I would love to do the one yr top-up course when we get out there.. but i don't know if finances will stretch to this straight away!!
We can work on the rest of the dream over time.. as long as we have JOBS!!!!
Sooooooo.. my questions (finally.. i know.. sorry!!!)
What types of jobs could i be looking to apply for? .. and availability/competition/wages??
Do private schools stick to the strict registration/4yr degree rule?
What about daycare/family centres? How high/low on the ladder will i likely need to start!! How would this be reflected in the hours worked/pay packet?!?
What about child minding from home? Is this a popular choice of parents in SA?!
How many teachers out there (if any) managed to secure jobs before you landed? (my husband would be much happier knowing work possibilities exist!).
Will we be able to secure rentals if its only my OH working supply days?!
Also, out of interest, how do the philosophies of Early Education compare to the UK? Is the system more/less formal? (Reading the curriculum is not the same as seeing it delivered in action!) If the visa's come through ok we are hoping to have our first ever visit to Oz in April 2013 to activate/validate so we can check it all out properly.. but until then.. all/any advice is most definitly welcome!! I'm happy to do anything really.. so all suggestions welcome!!
Thanks for taking the time to read/reply (sorry i've waffled a bit!!)