Cardiff Montessori School
Role: Teaching Assistant
Contract: Full Time during Term Time
Age range: 2-12
Number of students in school: 76
The successful candidate must be highly professional, confident, well organised and conscientious. This role require an approachable manner, welcoming nature and good communication. TA’s should be passionate about being an aid to the developmental of independence in the child.
Candidates must have or be willing to complete AMI Montessori TA training and hold a minimum of 2 years experience working with children.
Teaching assistants work with lead teacher(s) to prepare and maintain an orderly, attractive, and joyful environment. They do this both through assisting in the preparation of the physical environment and preparation of the human environment. Preparing the physical environment includes ensuring work areas are orderly, attractive and materials are replenished. Preparing the human environment relates to the presence one brings to the school community. A positive attitude, calm and respectful manner and enthusiasm and joy for learning are essential. Working as a part of a team with all members of the school community to achieve the school aims and objectives.
TA’s provide another pair of observant, attentive eyes and ears. They are crucial in modelling courteous and respectful behaviour as well as contributing to the warm, supportive, and calm atmosphere that is the hallmark of Montessori classrooms.
They focus on the protection of work, through mindful actions and positive words. They encourage purposeful and constructive activity, intervening when and if necessary.
TA’s support children to make developmental choices, based on observations made and communication with the Lead Teacher. They help with completion of cycles of work, according to the child’s ability. TA’s Provide additional challenges and re-engagement when the need arises, based on subtle communication with the Lead Teacher. They encourage love and value of the environment through ongoing maintenance. TA’s hold small re-directional groups throughout the morning and are involved in the planning and delivery of extra curricular activities.
Established in 2016, Cardiff Montessori School (CMS) is the only Montessori primary school in Wales. The Montessori approach was developed by Dr Maria Montessori, an expert in child development and three times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. At the heart of CMS is academic excellence, emotional and social well being, developing life skills, global citizenship and spirituality & purpose. Cultivating self-directed and resilient learners with a strong social conscious.
CMS is dedicated to offering authentic AMI quality Montessori education. Children learn in mixed age environments, typically staying in the same class for 3 years. Montessori education is based on a scientific understanding of child development. Children learn through hands on materials which gradually become more abstract. Ensuring all learners have solid foundations in place to scaffold their learning on. The early years focus on connecting children to their environment to allow them to develop their concentration, independence and executive function skills. In the elementary class (Year 2 and above) children are responsible for tracking their own learning and meeting regularly with their class teacher to review their progress.
We pride ourselves on our small close knit community, in which all staff are familiar with all students and their families. The school has two 3-6 year classes, a lower elementary class (6-9) and upper elementary class (9-12).
Working hours: 8am to 5:30 pm Monday and Thursday and 8am to 4:30pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Term time.
Closing date for application 5/5/21.
Interviews: will be held week of 17th May 2021.
Cardiff Montessori is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.We particularly welcome applications from under represented groups including ethnicity, gender, transgender, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion.