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Hi

 

I am in the final year of a BEd course specialising in Early Childhood Studies. I am currently completing my final module, entitled The Early Years coordinator. I was wondering whether any of you take on this role (/Foundation Stage coordinator) within your school? And what you feel your job entails within your setting, both on a daily basis and ongoing management? how do you support your other collegues working in the foundation stage etc.?

 

hope that all makes sense and that I have posted this in the right place.

Thanks for you help

 

Elfy

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Hi Elfy

this is almost a how long is a piece of string question! If you havent read it you should get "The Foundation Stage Teacher in Action" by Margaret Edgington. You can find a review in the resourses section.

 

I think a lot of the role in practise will be determined by the school and to a certain extent to the status that FS is given. In a small school, the role may not even exist as a distict role but be incorporated within another.

 

As FS co-ord in a large multicultural infant school I

managed a budget; managed admissions allocating children to classes after liaising with feeder nurseries; led a team of 10 teaching and support staff; planned and monitored the curriculum; moderated FSP; represented school where applicable with outside agencies; represented FS within school liaising with other teachers etc and determined the needs of FS.

Each of these tasks had numerous other elements.

 

FS is a great place to be, have fun!

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Thanks for your reply Susan thats really helpful. I'm just reading The Foundation Stage Teacher in Action at the moment - it's a really easy to read and informative book.

Really excited about teaching in the FS, just applying for jobs at the moment - fingers crossed!!

Thanks again

Elfy

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Glad to have been of help! I was waiting to see what others said :o

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I thought your reply was pretty comprehensive :D

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Id just add to Susan's list responsibility for staff development, team leading on performance management, training (leading INSET); writing policies; writing the SEF fro FS; and as my Head said to me last week,...I even teach as well!

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