Bilingual Nursery Teachers usually work with children aged between three and 5 years old. Bilingual Nursery Teachers need to carry out activities in both English and the second language of choice within the nursery. They need to be very versatile and ensure that all guidelines and expectations are being met from both the international curriculum and British Education (EYFS).
A Bilingual Nursery Teacher has the responsibilities of a non bilingual teacher such as making lesson plans, leading class activities and manage a child’s development. However when they meet with parents to discuss the student’s education, the parents may have a limited understanding of English therefore the Bilingual Teachers must be able to discuss all aspects of the child’s performance in a second language.
Bilingual Teachers are required to lead immersion programs in which students who have English as their second language and students who have English as their first language learn together or in which the latter work to learn a second language.
Experience required for Bilingual Nursery jobs
Minimum of 2 years work experience in EAL and ESL curriculum or relevant experience as a primary teacher or Early Years Teacher
Working with children aged between two and five years old.
Junior/trainee Bilingual Teacher £18,000 - 30,000
Qualified/experienced £35,000 - £38,000
Qualifications required for Bilingual Nursery Teacher jobs
To become a Bilingual Nursery Teacher you will need to have an Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) and you can achieve this by completing:
Early Years Initial Teacher Training course (EYITT) However most Nursery Teachers are also required to have degree in childcare or teaching.
QTS or BaHon in Early years or Childhood studies
Early Years Professional Status (EYPS)
Paediatric First Aid qualificaiton
Bachelor’s degree in education or a related field such as the second language used within the nursery
Bilingual Certification or licence
Advance education such as a certification course of master’s degree in a second language is preferred by many nurseries looking for bilingual teachers
National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE)
Duties and responsibilities
Create lesson plans and manage classes
Think of effective methods to ensure children are having fun
Teach material with clarity and efficiency
Organise group activities to help integrate non English speakers
Help students to reach success
Identify students that are underperforming in English and provide additional instruction
Incorporating the international curriculum with the British educational requirements
Encourage good behaviour
Organise activities that encourage the children’s language, literacy and arithmetic skills though different materials and play
Monitor children’s development and identify any issues such as behavioural, learning or social
Set out activities before classes and tidy up once they are finished
Discuss a child’s development to their parents or carer
Attend meetings and training
Ensuring the safety of children at all times
Nurseries are usually open from 7am to 6pm and Bilingual Teachers will be required to work up to 8 hours a day but this may vary depending on the nursery. Private nurseries offer extended hours where as a state funded nursery are open during the school term.
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