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Jonathan Pugsley

Energy Manager

Sustainable Energy Authority

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  Jonathan Pugsley

Communication and team skills are probably the most important aspect overlooked.

In energy management, it is not I that saves the energy, but often it is folks on the ground using the equipment.

It is the energy managers job to educate by communication, the importance of doing the right things, savings then come as a result.

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Teacher - Nursery/Playgroup

Job Zone

Education
Most occupations in this zone require job specific training (vocational training) related to the occupation (NFQ Levels 5 and 6 or higher), related on-the-job experience, or a relevant professional award.

Related Experience
Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, electricians typically complete four years of training in order to perform the job.

Job Training
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Occupational Category

Nursery Nurses & Assistants

Also included in this category:

Creche assistants; creche workers; pre-school assistants

Number Employed:

4,800

Part time workers: 65%
Aged over 55: 10%
Male / Female: 6 / 94%
Non-Nationals: 4%
With Third Level: 37%
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Teaches pupils in public or private schools at the elementary level basic academic, social, and other formative skills.


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Instruct students individually and in groups, adapting teaching methods to meet students' varying needs and interests.

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Teach basic skills such as color, shape, number and letter recognition, personal hygiene, and social skills.

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Observe and evaluate children's performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.

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Establish and enforce rules for behavior, and policies and procedures to maintain order among students.

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Demonstrate activities to children.

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Provide a variety of materials and resources for children to explore, manipulate, and use, both in learning activities and in imaginative play.

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Read books to entire classes or to small groups.

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Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects, and communicate those objectives to children.

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Prepare materials, classrooms, and other indoor and outdoor spaces to facilitate creative play, learning and motor-skill activities, and safety.

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Identify children showing signs of emotional, developmental, or health-related problems, and discuss them with supervisors, parents or guardians, and child development specialists.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Thinking Creatively:  Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Coaching and Developing Others:  Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.

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Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others:  Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.

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Training and Teaching Others:  Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Developing and Building Teams:  Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Education and Training:  Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Psychology:  Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Public Safety and Security:  Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Learning Strategies:   Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Entry Routesheader image

The following are the official recommendations in relation to the necessary qualification requirements for working in a child care service:

  • The Child Care Regulations 2006 (Pre-school Services, No.2) require that a minimum of 50% of staff in a service have a qualification appropriate to the care and development of children.
  • The Early Childhood Care and Education Scheme (Free Pre-school Year) states that from June 2012 the Play Leader in each room of a service must have a minimum qualification of a FETAC Level 5 Certificate in Childcare.
  • Employers generally look for a minimum of FETAC Level 5 or equivalent, relevant to the specific job role and responsibilities.

From September 2015 all staff in early years services will need to have a full Level 5 qualification and all Preschool (ECCE) Room Leaders will need a full Level 6 qualification.

 

Last Updated: October, 2014


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Organisation: Department of Children and Youth Affairs
  Address: 43-49 Mespil Rd, Dublin 4.
  Tel: (01) 647 3000
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Organisation: Early Childhood Ireland
  Address: Hainault House, Belgard Square Tallaght Dublin 2
  Tel: (01) 405 7100
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