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GETTING NVQ ASSESSED       started by beckievance on 17 Apr 2012   (24031)
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From beckievance

17 Apr 2012 6:39 AM
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Hi, Has anyone had an NVQ Level 3 assessed recently, and how did you go about it? Been looking online and seems you have to pay $295 to government agency and then anor $110 to anor gov agency and it can take 3+ months. I have an NVQ Level 3 in Children's Care Learning and Development (ages 0 - 16 years). Does anyone know what this is equivalent to? I currently work as a Teaching Assistant in Learning Support and with children with ADHD and Autism. Ideally I would like a job as a Teaching Assistant in Perth but would like to have a back up plan of being able to work in Nurseries until such a position may come up. Any help is much appreciated -) Apologies but as our moving date gets closer I will have you all tortured!!! Buy ya's a beer when I arrive :-) Cheers Bex
From Debra

To beckievance

30 Apr 2012 5:00 AM
(112055)
Hi I do a similar job but work in a children's respite home. I also have an NVQ 3 and didn't realise you could get this qualification recognised!! could you pm me where you find out about it if you don't mind. Many thanks Debbie
From beckievance

To Debra

09 May 2012 6:20 AM
(112058)
Hi. Sorry for late reply NVQ can be accessed by the following agencies, depending on whether you are already in Australia AEI NOOSR ACECQA OQU Good Luck Bex :-)
From KathrynG

To beckievance

23 May 2012 5:38 PM
(112077)
Hi I have lived in Aus for five years and hold an NVQ 3 in Childcare and Education. I also hold a OCR in Classroom support at level 3. I had mine assessed. In the UK I could support from kinder to 18 and run a kindergarten. Sadly both qualifications only translate to an out of school worker for kinder here. If you want to work in kinder or school you will have to do another qualification that the Australian's recognise. http://www.accco.com.au/courses/education-support/
From KathrynG

To KathrynG

23 May 2012 5:42 PM
(112078)
Sorry I should also add they call them teachers aid's here and the qualification you are looking for is an ESO, Education Support Officer. I also have special needs training amongst others.
From beckievance

To KathrynG

23 May 2012 7:02 PM
(112082)
Thanks, will look into it :-)
From jimboman

To beckievance

23 May 2012 7:20 PM
(112083)
My OH did an Education Assitants course at the local TAFE. I think it was 12 weeks altogether. It is not mandatory to have a qualification to be an EA but if you apply for a job where someone with Aussie EA qualifications also applies, they will get the job. You will need a working with children clearance but that is just a police check. Also, go for the St Johns senior first aid certificate as most schools require first aid experience. It only takes two days to get (and is also inculded in the 12 week TAFE course for EA's if you choose to go down that road). There is intense competition for EA posts here with jobs always seeming to go to mums of kids who attend the school. The best way in the door is to put yourself down for relief work at all of the local schools and be prepared to answer the phone at 6.45am to start work at 8.30am.
From jillandsi

To beckievance

24 May 2012 1:15 PM
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I had mine assessed at the department for communities in WA but I believe it has now changed to a national body as you have already mentioned (ACECQA). I had the old NNEB (equivalent to NVQ 3) as well as ADCE (equivalent to 1st year degree). I was assessed as the highest level for daycare i.e. manager (A*). I believe that if you have NVQ 3 you will get the equivalent of the Certificate III in Children's Services which means that you can work in a daycare centre but would need the Diploma of Children's Services to be a room leader etc. At the time that I did mine you had to apply to one agency for daycare type work and then again to the Department of Education for school work. I haven't been assessed for school work but was told that given my qualifications it would be a sure thing. I've worked on a casual basis in schools though and, although it's probably different if I were to apply for a permanent job, nobody seemed to care what quals/first aid I had as long as I had my Working With Children Check (I think there was another police check type thing that I had to get as well). Given your experience once you get a foot in the door you may not get out again as it's difficult to find good, experienced special needs staff and there can be lots of support work in schools. Good luck Jillian
From Debra

To jillandsi

24 May 2012 7:09 PM
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Hi I work with children with severe learning difficulties and medical needs, are schools inclusive of all or are there special needs schools?? The children I work with don't go to mainstream schools in the UK. Any help with would thankfully received x Debbie
From jillandsi

To Debra

24 May 2012 10:09 PM
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Based on my limited knowledge, it is mixed. The school that I have worked at had fairly low level special needs children i.e. global development delay, auditory processing disorder, aspergers, high functioning autism etc. A few of the children that I cared for also went to units attached to regular schools which cater for special needs children. The ones that I know about are Creaney and Beldon primary schools and Belridge and Duncraig high schools but they are spread all over. Jillian
From Debra

To jillandsi

25 May 2012 5:05 AM
(112096)
Hi Jillian, What about wheelchair users , I work with children some of whom have no speech and medical conditions such as gastro fed etc ? Thank you for your reply, Debbie
From babs_andy

To Debra

01 Jun 2012 6:20 PM
(112105)
Hi Debbie, I know nothing about your area of work, however I can tell you that my Godson has Cerebral Palsy and Epilepsy, is in a wheelchair, has no speech but does understand. He is in kindergarten in a mainstream catholic school down Rockingham way. His medical team suggested that the family try him out on his first year of school in the mainstream system before committing to a special needs school. So far it appears to have worked quite well. He has his own aid that helps with feeding, toileting, activities etc. If you want more info I can ask my friend any questions. Barb
From Debra

To babs_andy

02 Jun 2012 1:46 AM
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Hi Barb, Many thanks for your reply I am very interested in finding out all the areas of my work and know it will obviously be different in Perth. Debbie
From jillandsi

To Debra

09 Jun 2012 3:45 PM
(112112)
Hi, spoke to my friend who is a teacher in a special ed centre today. She said that there are 3 levels of special ed schooling here. Either mainstream school, special ed centres within/next to mainstream schools, some are a separate entity and some come under the control of the main school. There are also special ed schools which are set up for the more advanced needs. It is all about parental choice here and so there can be a mix of abilities within all types of schooling offered. She confirmed that there is a strong need for good staff, especially relief staff. She said her school (Creaney in Kingsley) is fabulous and very well run :) Good luck Jillian
From beckievance

To jimboman

12 Jun 2012 7:16 AM
(112117)
Hi thanks for info, Have been applying on-line. Managed to get into a Pool for a Primary School. Have taken your advice 22 CVs and references all ready to go with our furniture requesting relief work in Southern Suburbs when I arrive. Fingers crossed :-) Bex xo
From beckievance

To jillandsi

12 Jun 2012 7:18 AM
(112118)
Thanks for info. Fingers crossed someone will give me a chance :-) Thanks Bex