Qualified Primary School/ Early Years Teacher
miércoles, 28 de julio de 2021
Madrid (Madrid) Empresa: Giraffe Childcare Descripción: Are you a Qualified Primary School/ Early Years Teacher looking to move to Ireland. Giraffe Childcare would love to meet with you! We want to assist you take the next step in your teaching career. ... Requisitos: Here is her story:
My name is Lucia and I am 23 years old. I hold a degree in Childhood Education from the University of Madrid. While taking my degree my English Teacher told me about this wonderful opportunity to move to Ireland. There was an Early Years Childcare Creche looking for Spanish teachers to join their team. This was a great opportunity to expand my knowledge of the English Language but also to expand my teaching knowledge and experience. Positions are limited in Spain and to get the role I wanted I needed to gain extra experience and expand my knowledge of the English language. I heard that Giraffe were hosting an Interview Day in Madrid. So, I applied and was invited to interview. It was fantastic a member of their Spanish team was there. She was able to conduct the interview in Spanish and answer all my questions. I felt reassured that my transition was going to be easy!
Moving to Ireland and working in Giraffe
Unfortunately, the pandemic hit Ireland in March where like Spain they closed all childcare facilities. The recruitment team kept in touch with me. I was reassured that my new position would start once the country reopened. It was very reassuring during those uncertain times. In, August 2020, I was delighted to move to Ireland. There was an adjustment period but with the support of the management team, my centre manager and the other childcare practitioners around me I quickly settled into my new role. Everyone is so helpful and supportive. There is lots of online training available for you to expand your knowledge not only from the Giraffe Training Academy, but the company invest in other guest speakers to provide extra training also. The centre management team all started their careers as care staff. They were extremely knowledgeable and provide lots of mentoring. There is also a teaching curriculum in place which is great support. In Giraffe, you get to run your own activities and bring your own ideas to help support the children taking inspiration from the children`s interests - it is fascinating. The resources are readily available to you and if you need other items, there is no issue. They are fantastic about celebrating different events and cultures. Giraffe truly celebrates inclusion and diversity. As a teacher this gives you lots of scope to use your teaching skills and creativity. It is wonderful to see how the children engage and learn about different cultures. It brings great fun to the room.
What I learnt
The transition was difficult in the beginning as you miss all your family and friends and the familiarity of home. However, you quickly settle in and are really supported by all those around you in Giraffe. You instantly feel like one of the Giraffe Family. The School/Creche management team always show their gratitude with little celebrations throughout the year such as donuts, pizzas, ice creams, there is also the employee of the quarter award, staff member of the year and the trainee management programme. There is also an employee wellbeing programme in place. Giraffe Childcare is part of the Busy Bees Group in the UK which have over 270 locations worldwide. This leaves lots of opportunities to travel within the group.
Recently I was promoted to centre supervisor. When I was promoted to this role received additional training to help develop the skills, I needed to support the team in my new role. I am also starting a LINCS course which provides me with the skills and knowledge to support children with additional needs that may attend our centre.
I would highly recommend for anyone who is studying Childhood Education and looking to expand their knowledge and experience to take the opportunity and join the Giraffe Team. My future is bright. Contrato: Indefinido Jornada: Completa