Class Professionals Blog

Practical and simple recruitment solutions for the education and childcare sectors

MEET CAPTAIN CLASS!

Captain Class smell the flowers

Meet Captain Class - our very own SUPER HERO! Some of you may have already received one from your Account Manager. He has caused great excitement wherever he goes and is already providing 'Stress Free - Relief Staff' across many schools and childcare centres. If you are feeling the pressure of finding good quality staff for your school or centre - give Captain Class a quick squeeze to relieve that stress and give the team at Class Professionals a call!

HOW TO BE AN EXCELLENT RELIEF EARLY YEARS EDUCATOR

how to be a great ecy eduator

Great relief educators are confident, flexible and happy to adapt to new environments.  Here are the top qualities and industry tips for becoming an excellent early years educator!

GENERAL

  • FRIENDLY – one of the most important qualities of a great childcare worker is friendliness, remember to say hello, smile and be welcoming.
  • SENSE OF HUMOUR – applying a sense of humour to challenging situations can create a positive environment.
  • PATIENCE – Leave all frustration and anger at the front door, as working in childcare means short attention spans, lack of self-control and repetition.  Patience is a virtue and will help you deal with the daily demands of childcare.
  • A GENUINE ENTHUSIASM FOR WORKING WITH CHILDREN – to succeed, you must want to make a difference to every child, motivate then in their learning journey and help them overcome any obstacles and challenges they face.
  • GREAT COMMUNICATION SKILLS – effective communication at all levels is essential.  An ability to communicate with the children, with other childcare workers and with parents is a guaranteed route to success.

AT THE CHILDCARE CENTRE

  • GET THERE EARLY – by arriving early you can familiarise yourself with the Centre’s policies, routines, layout and any expectations for the day.  Always speak to the Centre Manger or 2IC on arrival and prior to leaving.  AND call US if you are running late!
  • FIRST IMPRESSIONS COUNT – be helpful, happy and respectful.  Be well-presented and appropriately dressed and make a point of introducing yourself to other staff.  Leaving a positive impression will increase the opportunity of future placements.
  • GO ABOVE AND BEYOND – as a priority, you must find out where you fit in the centre’s plan for the day.  There almost, always will be a plan.  If there is, jump straight in, use your initiative and become a valuable part of the team.
  • BE NEAT AND TIDY – every little bit helps, make sure you tidy up each areas as you go, as the next person to use it will appreciate your efforts.
  • BE UP TO DATE WITH EYLF AND NQS – it is important that you have a thorough understanding of the early years framework and quality standards.  This will allow you to slot straight into the centre’s schedule and ensure the management have confidence in your abilities.

A FEW THINGS NOT TO DO

  • Don’t leave the centre during your placement.
  • Don’t leave the children unattended.
  • Don’t be late.
  • Don’t use your mobile phone during work hours.
  • Don’t take photos of the children or the centre.
  • Don’t smoke on, or near the premises.
  • Don’t forget to smile!

WITH US

  • BE OPEN AND HONEST – It’s our job to make sure both yours’ and the childcare centre’s needs are met.  We need to know if you enjoyed your day or not, that way we can make sure we find the perfect fit for your next placement.
  • UPDATE YOUR AVAILABILITY – by keeping us up to date on when you can and can’t work we can maximise your opportunities.

REMEMBER, if you are in a centre through Class Professionals you can’t work for that centre direct.  Future bookings MUST come via us.  If requested by a member of the administration, just pass them onto us and we will happily make the booking for them.

WHAT MAKES A GOOD RELIEF TEACHER GREAT?

Relief Teacher

In general, great relief teachers are confident, flexible, happy to work in different environments and have a willingness to travel.

There are, however, some practical tips to help make relief teaching a successful and satisfying experience for everyone involved.

AT SCHOOL

GET THERE EARLY –by arriving early you can familiarise yourself with the school’s behavioural policy, staff toilets, tea and coffee facilities, where you can prepare resources, the timetable for the day and any class rules. If possible arrive in time for the morning briefing, leave after the children and always speak to head/deputy prior to leaving. AND call us if you are running late!

FIRST IMPRESSIONS COUNT – be helpful, happy and respectful. Be well presented and appropriately dressed and make a point of introducing yourself to other teachers and staff. Leaving a positive impression will increase the opportunity of future placements.

ALWAYS FOLLOW THE PRE-SET TEACHING PLAN – as a priority you must find out if there is pre-set work for the class. There almost, always will be. If there is, it is vital that you follow that plan, to keep the pupils on track and maintain continuity in their learning journey. It is also important to have some back up teaching ideas prepared, just in case you need them.

BE FOCUSSED ON THE PUPILS – make yourself aware of any children with particular needs and find out about the daily classroom routines. Sticking to their routine will reassure the pupils and make the teaching transition easier.

LEAVE THE CLASSROOM NEAT AND TIDY – every little bit helps, and the next person to use the classroom will appreciate your efforts.

DIFFERENT SCHOOLS, DIFFERENT WAYS – every school works in it’s own way, you may have to adjust your teaching style to suit the school. Be aware of different classroom management styles and adapt your teaching methods to match.

A FEW THINGS NOT TO DO

* Don’t leave the school grounds during your placement.

* Don’t leave your class unattended.

* Don’t be late.

* Don’t forget to smile!

WITH US

BE OPEN AND HONEST - It’s our job to make sure both yours’ and the school’s needs are met. We need to know if you enjoyed your day or not, that way we can make sure we find the perfect fit for your next placement.

UPDATE YOUR AVAILABILITY – by keeping us up to date on when you can and can’t work we can maximise your opportunities.

REMEMBER, if you are in a school through Class Professionals you can’t work for that school direct.  Future bookings MUST come via us.  If requested by a member of the school administration just pass them onto us and we will happily make the booking for them.