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What is school assistance?
Many children with mental, physical and/or emotional special needs require support with managing their school routine - from organising their arrival and departure to attending classes and preparing/following up on school material. In some cases, physical care is also necessary (e.g. when using sanitary facilities or during meals). As a school assistant - you provide this support.
As a school assistant, you are an important link between the family, child, teachers/educators and educational institution. Consultation meetings with all parties allow for a detailed discussion on which supportive measures you can/should provide in order to complement the pedagogical education of the teacher/educator as well as to help the child integrate into the classroom community.
When is a child entitled to school assistance?
In principle, school assistance is intended for children whose special needs cannot be met by the school/kindergarten/day care center alone. However, the conditions and reasons for approval often differ, as these decisions are made on a case-to-case basis.
Examples of cases in which school assistance is typically provided:
- Speech, compulsive and developmental (language) disorders such as dyscalculia or dyslexia
- ADD / ADHD (attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
- ASD / autism spectrum disorders (Asperger syndrome, autistic disorder, pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified)
- Other developmental disorders related to socio-emotional or physical/motor competence
- Other mental and/or emotional disorders
What does a school assistant do?
As a school assistant you...
- help with the organization and upholding of the school routine (e.g. during lessons, breaks/playtime and meals)
- accompany school activities and, if necessary, excursions
- communicate and promote communication with teachers and classmates
- help the child to cope with crisis situations
- strengthen the child’s socio-emotional competence
- facilitate the child's integration into the classroom community
- provide physical care when necessary
- promote the child's independence in daily life - in the long term
Ultimately, we are guided by Maria Montessori's motto: "As little help as possible, as much help as necessary".
Professionals and first-timers wanted
Our diverse team is made up of school assistants from a variety of different backgrounds. Whether you have a pedagogical qualification or practical experience working with children with special needs, or are just starting out in this area, is not that important. We are looking for professionals as well as first-timers. As long as you have the necessary commitment and talent for working with children, this is the right place for you.
Essentially, we distinguish between three levels of qualification:
- Assistant without formal teacher training (Hilfskraft)
- Qualified / pedagogical assistant (qualifizierte / pädagogische Hilfskraft)
- Specialist (Fachkraft)
The qualification-level that is required for a specific case as well as the covered hours of school assistance depend on the official authorization of the responsible agency.
What requirements must applicants meet?
Applicants must have completed secondary school and have a high command of both spoken and written English.
Additionally school assistants must be at least 18 years old and be able to present an extended police clearance certificate (clean and not older than three months).
Apply to become a school assistant!
Send us your application documents (letter of motivation, CV, proof of English proficiency, references, etc.) via email. Please feel free to call us if you have any further questions.