The Education Assistant (EA) role is vital in ensuring that our very complex and disabled children can go to school to learn, make friends and have fun. It is hard work and requires commitment, but it is a hugely fulfilling job and can bring real joy.
The Role of an Education Assistant
At Chailey Heritage Foundation, the Education Assistant job is very different to that in a mainstream school. You will support the teacher in creating opportunities for the children to learn, each in their own individual way. You will need to be creative and patient, with a keen eye for detail as you will need to write down observations for the teacher. However, as well as supporting teaching, you will be trained by nurses, therapists and senior staff to carry out many other procedures, including:
When you have sufficient experience, you will also be trained in the following:
For all these duties (and more) you will receive a first-class induction and ongoing training from qualified professionals. You will not be expected to carry them out alone until you have been signed-off as competent. You will be assigned a 'buddy' to mentor you and make sure that you are confident in your new role, and you will have a teacher and senior EA who will set targets for you whilst supporting you. There is a team of nurses available to support and advise staff, manage emergencies and if necessary, call the on-site doctor.
You will, in time, become a very proficient practitioner with many valuable skills. Often our EAs go on to train as nurses, therapists or teachers after having spent several years with us.
Why join us?
What Our Staff Say
"I absolutely love every minute of my job. The work everyone does here is fantastic. I feel privileged to be a part of it!"
Chailey Heritage Foundation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young adults; as such an enhanced DBS disclosure is required.
Chailey Heritage Foundation is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion for all its young people and staff.