From teacher aide to teacher assistant

Discussion in 'Preschool' started by Kandyland, Jan 10, 2019.

  1. Kandyland

    Kandyland New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2019
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0

    Jan 10, 2019

    Hello! I've been working at Head Start as a Pre-K classroom aide for 3 years and I absolutely loved my job, the 3-5 year olds and the teacher and assistant I worked with! However. I needed something full time and year round, and I got news that I'll be working as a Pre-K Teacher Assistant at an Early Learning center! Very excited and nervous all at once. My question is are Early learning centers like Head Start, or completely different? Any tips or advice from switching up from aide to assistant? Thank you!
     
  2.  
  3. czacza

    czacza Multitudinous

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2001
    Messages:
    24,853
    Likes Received:
    1,997

    Jan 10, 2019

    What’s the difference?
     
  4. MissCeliaB

    MissCeliaB Aficionado

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2009
    Messages:
    3,184
    Likes Received:
    408

    Jan 11, 2019

    Where I worked in ECE, the distinction was that teachers/coteachers/teacher assistants had specialized training, and we counted towards ratio. Also, we had diapering training, so we could do that part of the job. Most of us had our CDA or bachelor's degree. We also had aides. They would help with classroom management, passing out materials, clean up, reading one on one to kids, etc. But, they were not licensed for diapering, and did not count toward ratio. They typically floated from room to room. (One aide was licensed, and he made a little more money, and also provided coverage for breaks for teachers.) I'm not sure if that's true everywhere, but that was the distinction in the area where I worked.
     
    SpecialPreskoo likes this.
  5. ChildWhisperer

    ChildWhisperer Devotee

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2015
    Messages:
    1,136
    Likes Received:
    350

    Jan 13, 2019

    Head Start is pretty different than normal preschools and daycares.
    They are meant for low income families so they do a lot more activities for parents and try to involve them and educate them more.
    Is your new position at a tuition based school or public school or is it part of a daycare?
     
  6. Kandyland

    Kandyland New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2019
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0

    Jan 24, 2019

    It's part of a daycare. Its a Pre-K position
     
  7. ChildWhisperer

    ChildWhisperer Devotee

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2015
    Messages:
    1,136
    Likes Received:
    350

    Jan 25, 2019

    Then it will be very different from Head Start! I went from wealthy daycare to Head Start and it was a whole different world
     
  8. Kandyland

    Kandyland New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2019
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0

    Jan 25, 2019

    Ive only been here for two weeks and it's like a breath of fresh air! At head start, there were kids with severe behaviors, disrespectful, etc. Here the kids are well mannered, polite, and while there are some with behaviors it's very mild. Head Start kept me on my toes for the past 3 years(and I was just the aide), and it was time for a change !
     
  9. Kandyland

    Kandyland New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2019
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0

    Jan 26, 2019

    Ive only been here for two weeks and it's like a breath of fresh air! At head start, there were kids with severe behaviors, disrespectful, etc. Here the kids are well mannered, polite, and while there are some with behaviors it's very mild. Head Start kept me on my toes for the past 3 years(and I was just the aide), and it was time for a change !
     
  10. Teacher234

    Teacher234 Cohort

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2018
    Messages:
    534
    Likes Received:
    132

    Feb 9, 2019

    It's quite marginal.
    Teacher Aide: does clerical tasks, works with students as needed, helps facilitate lessons
    Teacher Assistant: more direct with instruction, more involved in teaching lessons
     

Share This Page

Members Online Now

  1. vickilyn,
  2. jadorelafrance,
  3. John Peterson,
  4. rpan,
  5. Kelster95
Total: 234 (members: 7, guests: 196, robots: 31)
test