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Hi,

 

I'm hoping someone can give me some advice.

 

I have QTS but I qualified as a secondary school teacher but haven't taught in a state school for 15 years. I was invited to teach at and run an EFL school which I did for many years. Now I'm childminding and doing a level 3.

 

I'd like to go back into teaching but don't know what to do next once I've finished my level 3. Would doing primary placements be enough? Should I do the EYTS course - I'm reluctant as I already have QTS and I will have level 3. I am hoping QTS + Level 3 will be equal to EYTS.

 

The government line is that once you have QTS then that is enough for them - it is then up to the school.

 

I have a lot of transferable skills but I don't by any means think I could walk into a reception classroom and pull it off without some input.

 

Any advice gratefully received.

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Hi.

Welcome to the forum!

Your QTs remains as such - you wouldn't need to have any other qualification to teach in a school, in any year group from nursery to secondary. You could do EYTS but it is the QTS that is required to teach in a maintained sector school. Doing any other qualification would give you experience but could you do volunteering in a school at all?

Teaching in school eyfs classes can be quite varied across different schools!

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I would completely second what Catma says - I think that EYFS is one of the most varying set ups across different schools. I would definitely try to get some volunteering in a reception class. Try to go in at different times of day too if at all possible - being able to see hometime and lunchtime routines would be really useful.

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Agree with the above - and would like to add - go for it - it's exhausting and very demanding, but I still think it's the best year group in school and great fun - wouldn't swap it (though I think differently each September when they are soooooo needy and there's only me with 30 sometimes!

 

Good luck.

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