Interview for Preschool

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  1. SittinInATree

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    Hello! I am interviewing for a preschool position this week. It is for a private school that is well known in my area and has a great reputation. They have twos, threes, fours and Kindergarten. I would like to be in Kindergarten since I taught that before (in a public school) but the interview is for twos, which is fine. I think twos would be fun, although I have no experience with that. I was wondering what to expect in the interview? They said after they ask me some questions that they will let me observe the classes (which is just playcare this week and next until school starts) but really they will most likely be observing me with the kids.

    Also, what kind of pay rate should I expect? I know every state and center is different, especially if it is a privately owned place and not public school. I have a Masters in Education and am a certified teacher so I know they probably won't be able to pay me what I am worth, but I know I won't be making the same as when I was in public school. That is fine with me though because this place would be an excellent place to work when we have a baby (next year) as I could work part-time. I just don't know what to ask for in terms of salary or hourly pay rate (depending on which I would be).

    Thanks!!! :love:
     
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  3. MsMar

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    I worked with 2s for a year. They're fun as well as challenging. You need lots and lots of energy to keep up with them!

    For the interview be prepared to talk about what's developmentally appropriate for a 2 year old. Will you force the children to sit for "circle time" or will they have the option to do something independently while the bulk of the class (those who want to) sit? What type of art projects will you do? How will you work on potty training? (Be prepared to spend a lot of your day on this!) What type of daily schedule would you have?

    As far as pay I think around here BA degrees get $10-$12 to start and MA might not be much more. I had a call from a private school to teach PreK and they offered $24K for the year with summers off so that probably would work out to maybe $14 an hour. I think Master Pre-K was offered $14 an hour in Chicago.

    Working at the same center as your child is great. I did it for three and a half years and got to work but still be with my children. Just check on the tuition reduction for staff children. You might find yourself only making $3 to $5 an hour if you don't get a serious discount. I know people who had to quit their child care jobs because they couldn't afford to have their own child at the center. Where I worked the Director was super generous with the staff discount but that's not always the case. So definitely ask how it works at this place.

    Good luck :).
     
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    Thank you for replying! I have a follow up question. When you taught twos, you made it optional for them to join you for circle time? How did you keep the ones who did not participate from disrupting your circle time? I guess teaching twos means being much more flexible! I am not thrilled about doing potty training either. I guess I will just have to see what happens in the interview.
     
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    Good luck!!
     
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    We followed a program that abided by ITERS Infant Toddler environmental Rating Scale) and I think it states in there you can't force the kids to stay in a circle time type activity. Or perhaps it was just our center's philosophy. So anyway, even if I hadn't agreed with the philosophy, that's what we had to do. Although I did totally agree with it so I had no problem with it.

    Basically I'd call the kids over to circle time with my chant and most days every child came over. When someone didn't, I didn't make a big deal about it. That child would just play independently with a truck or block or whatnot. Often as circle time continued the child would join in. If not, no biggie. The child could still hear our songs and might even sing along. My circle time generally lasted 10-15 minutes made up of songs, chants, and maybe two stories. I made sure at least half the songs were ones like If You're Happy and You Know it or Wheels on the Bus. The body motion kept them interested.

    As far as the non-participant not disrupting the group, it generally wasn't an issue. Usually the ones not participating were just doing their own thing off in their own spot. But by making circle time age appropriate, more often than not, everyone did join in. My Director would sometimes point out that if the kids didn't want to come to circle time then the circle time should be changed so that they do want to come. And if a child wasn't in circle time I did require that he/she not play right by where we were. I'd ask him/her to move to a different part of the room so as to be less disruptive to us.
     
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    I went for an interview at a preschool as an aide, before I completed my teaching program, and she asked me to start as an assistant but teach in her K classroom that would open the following year (new pre-school). At that particular preschool the aides made $10 and the teachers made $13 or $14. I had to turn it down because I was making a lot more at my current job, and pre-school wasn't what I wanted to do, and I'd have to take extra classes to get what was required for pre-school teachers. Hope this helps you a little! Good Luck :)
     
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    Thanks everyone!!!

    What kinds of centers do you have for 2s? I imagine they are much more play based?
     

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