St Bernadette’s Primary School Castle Hill teachers Rhiarna Thomas and Stephanie Doherty have recently been through the accreditation process and have some great tips for early childhood teachers about to undergo the process.
Kindergarten teacher Stephanie is now in the maintenance phase after taking the full five years allowed to gain Proficient status.
“It is daunting at first because you feel like you need to cover every single thing with the evidence,” Stephanie said.
‘You think you’ve got to submit a lot of work when in fact it is a lot simpler than that. At the end of the day you may find that one piece of evidence covers several descriptors, rather than needing one piece of evidence for each descriptor.”
Rhiarna said it is really crucial to familiarise yourself with the Standards right from the start of the process.
“As you are going through your day you realise you are ticking off a Standard if you are already familiar with them. So you’re thinking ‘I’m doing this with the children today, that goes to that Standard’.
“It’s really hard if you teach the children and then look at the Standards later and try and see what fits in.
“If you already know its part of your daily routine and not an add-on, it’s much less work.”
Stephanie said sharing and talking with other teachers is a great help. Although this may be easier in a school than an early childhood setting, networking, attending IEU PIPS, joining groups and bulletin boards and online courses can help.
Rhiarna said: “Don’t feel like you have to do this all alone. I contacted my TAA and that was the best thing I ever did.
“The NESA website has lots of examples of what kind of evidence they are looking for and how to annotate it.