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TEACHER AIDE AND CHILD CARE BLOG

BY FTTA

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ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF A TEACHER ASSISTANT

The role as an EA is to assist the teacher in one or more tasks. Some experienced EAs may operate their own program with a group of students. Some EAs will be assigned a child with special needs and may take more responsibility for that child in terms of curriculum.

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HOW TO FIND WORK AS A TEACHER ASSISTANT

To maximise your chances of employment, we recommend the following process. Most EAs begin by undertaking relief work. Once you have proved yourself to the school, they will hopefully offer you more permanent work when a position is available.

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TYPES OF SCHOOLS IN AUSTRALIA

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australian cicurriculum for a teacher assistant

A curriculum is a set of tasks, activities, experiences and outcomes of learning. The curriculum is designed to support students to achieve a desired level of competence. You will need to be aware of the basic structure of the curriculum and how it is used.

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HOW MUCH DO TEACHER ASSISTANTS GET PAID?

The amount that EAs can earn and the conditions of employment will vary from one school to another. Some specialist or leadership roles may attract higher salary. EAs, like teachers and principals, are paid based on the amount of experience they have.

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WHAT QUALIFICATIONS DO TEACHER ASSISTANTS NEED

There are multiple levels of qualification including certificates and diplomas. An example is the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support. Most EAs have at least this qualification and often enrol and graduate before beginning paid employment.

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DEALING WITH HAZARDS IN A SCHOOL SETTING

A hazard is the source or situation that has the potential to cause harm, death or damage to a person or to property. You can think of a hazard as the ‘thing’ or object that can hurt someone.

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TEACHER ASSISTANTS AND DUTY OF CARE

As an education assistant, you have a responsibility to ensure the safety of students, yourself and your fellow staff members. This extends to all situations where you are supervising children.

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THE TEACHER ASSISTANTS ROLE IN INFECTION CONTROL

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SUPERVISING STUDENTS IN A SCHOOL SETTING

Supervision is the process of observing what is happening around you. In some cases, you will need to supervise children closely whereas in other cases you can give students more freedom.

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A TEACHER ASSISTANT'S GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING RISK

Risk refers to the probability of injury, illness or damage resulting from exposure to a hazard. Generally, risks are categorised as either low, medium or high.

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A TEACHER ASSISTANT'S GUIDE TO ASSESSING RISK

The risk matrix is used to assess the level of risk associated with a particular hazard based on the possible consequences. This information can help the user to make better decisions.

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A TEACHER ASSISTANT'S GUIDE TO CONTROLLING RISK

The most efficient way of controlling risks is to eliminate a hazard. The Hierarchy of Control (HOC) is a system which outlines out the best way to deal with a hazard and control the risk.

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A TEACHER ASSISTANT'S GUIDE TO RISK MANAGEMENT PLANNING

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DEFINING LITERACY

Before learning how to support students to improve their literacy skills, we need to define literacy. Being literate has is traditionally defined reading and writing to a certain level.

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A TEACHER ASSISTANT'S GUIDE TO LITERACY SUPPORT

As an education assistant, you have the very important role to support literacy development, working with individual students to help them learn and practice.

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HOW TO HELP CHILDREN LEARN TO READ

Reading is not a natural process. Teachers and education assistants use connected print (whole words/texts as opposed to sounds and letters) to introduce reading to students.

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HOW TO HELP CHILDREN LEARN TO WRITE

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LEARNING STYLES EXPLAINED

It is important to understand that presenting concepts in different ways can help students who have different learning styles to better learn the new concept or skill.

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