Linda21

Work for Early Childhood (Pre-primary) Teacher/Primary Teacher

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    Hi everyone, this is my first time posting on this site. We are at the beginning of the process and are considering a move to Adelaide. I'm a newly qualified teacher in the UK (qualified 2 years ago in 2011) but still been unable to secure a permanent post. I have however taught on supply since graduation with children in nursery to year 6. Does anyone have any advice or info on teaching in Adelaide? Is there a demand for early years teachers as stated on the SOL? Also, if you work on supply, are you expected to turn up with planning or would there be planning available? Or is this just dependent on the individual school like here in England? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Also been looking on line at Maslin Beach area - is this considered too far out and is there many schools in the area? Waiting to hear from anyone with advice.

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    You would be far better locating centrally until you have established yourself into a more permanent role. If you are 20 - 30 mins from a lot of schools the options will be far greater and you will appeal to more schools. I don't know how many primary schools are within that timeframe from Maslin's beach area but I suspect it would severely restrict your ability to pick up TRT (supply) work.

    There is a poster on here who lives just East of town and seems to have had constant TRT work, but I can't remember if that is primary or secondary.

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    Hi everyone, this is my first time posting on this site. We are at the beginning of the process and are considering a move to Adelaide. I'm a newly qualified teacher in the UK (qualified 2 years ago in 2011) but still been unable to secure a permanent post. I have however taught on supply since graduation with children in nursery to year 6. Does anyone have any advice or info on teaching in Adelaide? Is there a demand for early years teachers as stated on the SOL? Also, if you work on supply, are you expected to turn up with planning or would there be planning available? Or is this just dependent on the individual school like here in England? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Also been looking on line at Maslin Beach area - is this considered too far out and is there many schools in the area? Waiting to hear from anyone with advice.

     

    Hiya,

    I'm the teacher in the Eastern Suburbs I think Howde's talking about :D I'm Primary here in Oz :)

     

    Pre-Primary/Early Years are DESPERATE for people, there are *always* heaps of ads for them, however its not the same as a teacher in the UK, it has to be a SPECIFIC early years qualification, which isn't very standard in the UK, so generally not something that can be applied for here (most of the positions are for diploma qualified people as well, which is a lower grade than a full teacher if that makes sense?).

     

    You can have a look on my blog if you want for info on registration and getting work etc, that might help a bit.

     

    I'm not 100% familiar with Maslin beach, as that's down south and I'm not, but there are lots of schools down there (I also work as a road safety teacher for the RAA and go to schools all over the state and am doing quite a few down in that area), you just need a car probably to allow yourself to travel out to Maclaren Vale and stuff as well to help. I've found I tend to do the same 3 or 4 schools over and over, so once you have a couple of schools you get to know they tend to keep you pretty busy I find.

     

    I've only ever had to take my own stuff for lessons for a couple of last minute emergency drama days, which has been pretty easy tbh, but I always take a pack of last minute ideas for all subjects/ages just in case - never had to use those though, even though TRT booking is pretty last minute - even for planned days off (eg teacher training etc), they seem to call up that morning a lot of the time.

     

    Like I say, there's some stuff on my blog that should be able to help you a bit :)

     

    Good luck and enjoy :)

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    Guest Watkinsfamily

    Hi I am a primary teacher moved to Australia in July 2013 living in Aldinga Beach (next one over from Maslin) I have done some TRT work since arriving and from what I can see it is the only way to get offered a contract or permanent position. I actually was looking last night at courses to convert my general primary qualification to include early years as there does seem to be far more early years positions advertised than primary. I think you would get work no problem ranging from CBD to south as a TRT and then from there you may be lucky and get offered a contract or permanent position. Feel free to message if you want any other info about the local area, a PR visa state sponsored does seem to have more benefits than the temp ones from what I can see so if you can get a 176 SS Visa go for it! Good luck X

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    my partner has OCR level 3 diploma in supporting teaching and learning in schools

     

    we were wondering if there are teaching asst jobs or does her certificate good enough for a early years teacher

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    Hi I am a primary teacher moved to Australia in July 2013 living in Aldinga Beach (next one over from Maslin) I have done some TRT work since arriving and from what I can see it is the only way to get offered a contract or permanent position. I actually was looking last night at courses to convert my general primary qualification to include early years as there does seem to be far more early years positions advertised than primary. I think you would get work no problem ranging from CBD to south as a TRT and then from there you may be lucky and get offered a contract or permanent position. Feel free to message if you want any other info about the local area, a PR visa state sponsored does seem to have more benefits than the temp ones from what I can see so if you can get a 176 SS Visa go for it! Good luck X

     

     

    Hi, thanks for the reply. I am applying for a SS 489 visa. My main worry is making sure I can accumulate the equivalent of 12 months work in the first two years, as it seems unlikely that I will have a job before moving out. What is your experience of this? Do you see this as a problem? I'm not sure if I am granted a visa for Early Years (on a 489) if I'm allowed to work in a closely related occupation, i.e. primary teaching or Teaching Assistant type role with State Sponsorship. I've trolled the net but can't seem to find an answer to this? Anyone feel confident with an answer, please let me know. Thanks

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    Guest Watkinsfamily

    Sorry can't answer that one may be a migration agent can help or go directly to immi in Australia. Good luck despite all the worry and barriers it is definitely worth it! X

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    Thanks for your reply. I've managed to get a successful skills assessment for Early Years/Pre-primary teacher - so that's one hurdle over. However, to register with ACECQA to work in Early Years, I would need a specific qualification in Early Years as my uni placements did not cover birth to 5, so it looks as if I will have to do a course in Oz in Early Years (even a cert. III would probably do it) to run alongside my PGCE. I don't know if you have heard of teachers having to do this and if a Cert. III would be enough? My PGCE is in Early Years and Primary Education (covers 3-11 year olds). We are coming on a reccie in October and am now looking at Christies Beach area as the furthest south we really want to go. Any advice/help appreciated.

    Thanks

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