Early Childhood
Work Experience in Spain for Young Professionals

 

The complete programme offered to Irish recent graduates has two main components: on the one hand, teacher training through an initial workshop and a university TEFL course with a focus on Early Years Education; and, on the other, teaching practice in one of our partner schools in Spain.

Although speaking Spanish is not an initial requirement to join this programme, once in Spain educators will have the chance to learn or improve their Spanish in a native environment. For instance, it is very common to arrange conversation exchanges with school teachers, to learn languages and share their knowledge about Irish and Spanish culture

Main Facts

  • Programme
    Early Childhood Work Experience in Spain
  • Duration
    8 to 9 months
  • Application Deadline
    Apply by April 1st
    * *Note: For Irish citizens, applications are also accepted after this date (limited opportunities)
  • Monthly Pay
    Up to €930 (20 teaching hours per week), according to Spanish salary standards and cost of living in Spain
  • Candidate’s Requirements
    – Early Childhood-related degrees, and Education or Primary Education
    – Native-level English speaker
    – 
    Spanish skills are not required
    – Placement tutor's contact

APPLY TO MEDDEAS' EARLY CHILDHOOD WORK EXPERIENCE IN SPANISH SCHOOLS

PRIVACY POLICY

Manager:
Owner: Multilingual Education Development & Support SL (which operates under the brand name MEDDEAS).
Corporate Address: PC Galaria c/V nº3, 2ºC, 31191 Cordovilla (Spain)
CIF: B71078950
Corporate registration information: tomo 1598 libro 0 folio 107 hoja NA-31714 Inscrip. 1
E-mail: info@meddeas.com
Phone number: + 34 948 983 539
Data protection officer

Tomas Dawid. NIF: 33432856X
data@meddeas.com
Purpose
The personal information provided to us via the form on the contact page of www.meddeas.ie (hereinafter the “Website”) will be incorporated into a data file owned by Multilingual Education Development & Support SL (hereinafter “MEDDEAS”) and will be maintained by the same.

The purpose of this file is to manage MEDDEAS’ relationship with the users of the Website and to provide them with the information that they request. In the case that users also request to receive the Newsletter, we will manage their subscription.

The information provided in data collection forms is voluntary. Nonetheless, if it is not provided, we will not be able to provide a service. It is your responsibility to keep your information up-to-date so that it remains accurate. Any false or inaccurate statement produced as a consequence of the data provided, as well as the damages that such information could cause MEDDEAS, is the responsibility of the user.

The personal information provided will be kept so long as its deletion is not requested for up to 6 years.

Authorization
The legal basis for the processing of your information is your consent.

Recipients

MEDDEAS will only give access to your personal information to those employees that require it due to the activities they carry out as part of the services purchased. Likewise, your personal information will be transferred, by international data transfers by MEDDEAS, to the Universities that promote our programs or entities or professional collaborators that provide services for these programs, with which MEDDEAS has signed a corresponding personal information processing agreement.

Rights

All users have the right to obtain confirmation of whether MEDDEAS is processing personal information that concerns them.

Those interested in doing so have the right to access their personal information, as well as to request the rectification of inaccurate information, or, when applicable, to request its deletion when, among other reasons, this information is no longer necessary for the purpose for which it was collected.

Under certain circumstances, the parties in question will be permitted to request the restriction of the processing of their personal information, in which case this information will only be conserved in order to exercise or defend any claim.

Under certain circumstances, and for reasons related to their particular situation, the parties in question will be permitted to oppose the processing of their personal information. MEDDEAS will cease to process information, except in the case there are compelling legitimate grounds, or for defending against potential claims.

Users can exercise the aforementioned rights at any time by sending a written request to the following email address: data@meddeas.com. In order to process the request, it will be necessary to verify the user’s identity. Therefore, this written request must include the user’s full name, the petition in which the request is stated, address for the purpose of notifications, date, signature, and a photocopy of an ID card or other valid identification document. The exercise of these rights will by no means affect access to the webpage.

For more information on the exercise of rights, you can access the website of the Spanish Data Protection Agency.

If you believe that there is a problem with the way in which MEDDEAS is processing your information, you can direct your claims to the corresponding data protection agency which, in the case of Spain, is the Spanish Data Protection Agency

Protection of the personal information of minors

MEDDEAS does not foresee processing the personal information of minors. Under all circumstances, the collection of personal information from minors will only be permitted in cases in which the minors are over the age of 14 and grant their express consent. Under this age, they must have the authorization of their parents or legal guardians

Modification of the Privacy Policy

MEDDEAS is permitted to modify the present Privacy Policy at any time and publish this in successive versions on the Website. Under all circumstances, MEDDEAS will provide prior notice of the modifications to the present policy that affect users so that they are able to accept these modifications.

The present Privacy Policy was updated on 24/05/2018 © MEDDEAS (Spain). All rights reserved.

We never spam applicants or share their contact details

 

 

About Meddeas’ Early Childhood Work Experience

Within the last years, Spanish schools have focused on second language acquisition in early years and want to immerse their pupils in other cultures from their very first steps. The schools seek to create high-quality environments for young children who are learning English as a second language.

Indeed, around 70 out of our 200 partner schools all over Spain participate in this programme. They are all private or concertado schools and most of them are bilingual (Spanish/English) or trying to improve the English language skills of their students with the help of our programmes. Therefore, it is a good context for Irish educators to learn about the best teaching methods for pre-schoolers with a bilingual purpose.

Schools in Spain are implementing improved methods to teach a second language to young children, with wide-ranging activities such as learning about foreign traditions (St. Patrick’s) incorporating science or drama, encouraging creativity and imagination, or working on a vegetable patch.

1. Highlights of this Programme for Early Childhood Education Teachers in Spain

Irish ECE teachers join the Early Years teaching-team of a Spanish private school during one academic year, interacting in English with students of up to 8 years of age. Activities will be conducted in split groups alongside the teacher or accompanying the main teacher with the whole group.

  • Teach alongside experienced Early Childhood educators in a European educational system
  • Teach exclusively young children (aged 0 to 8), to learn more about preschool teaching
  • Receive ongoing support from two experienced tutors
  • Get a monthly pay to live in Spain as a young professional

testimonial Catalina

“I was selected by Meddeas and placed in Granada, a beautiful city in the south of Spain, in a wonderful school called Monaita, where I taught children aged two to five for one academic year

The programme is great. It is very beneficial and you learn a lot. I’m sure my experience abroad will set me far apart from other applicants in any position I apply for, as international experience is extremely valuable in many jobs in Ireland. Teaching English abroad proves my ability to adapt to a new environment and to live and work with people from different cultural backgrounds.”

Catalina O’Brien, Early Years and Childhood Studies recent graduate,  UCC (Ireland), and former participant.

2. Requirements to Participate

The candidate must:

  • Hold an Early Childhood-related degree (Bachelor’s, Master’s and/or PhD), obtained within the last 4 years
  • Provide the official assessment report from the most recent practicum or the contact information of the placement tutor
  • Have no criminal records (Garda Vetting in Ireland)
  • Be a native-level English speaker
  • Speaking Spanish is not required

If they don’t meet these requirements, candidates interested in teaching English in Spain can do it through Meddeas’ Language Assistants programmes. The role, age groups, and training are different from those in Meddeas’ Early Childhood Work Experience

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3. The University Course: TEFL with an Emphasis on Early Years

This course is designed and delivered by the School of Education of the UIC. It is a compulsory part of the programme, and provides educators with practical tools to help them at school, and knowledge that could help them back in Ireland. With a workload of 180 hours, it has a TEFL (Teaching English as Foreign Language) base with a special focus on Early Years students.

Each of the course modules is designed to provide participants with the guidance needed to carry out their teaching practice in an effective way. The content of the modules aims to cover each of the educational stages. One the modules is tailored for early years educators. It includes stage-related readings and videos that will broaden their knowledge to teach infants.

It begins with a one-day session in Barcelona in the UIC’s School of Education, after which participants will move to their destination and follow the rest of the course online, with the support of forums, tutorials, and a tutor. The completion and evaluation of the course will be based on the assessment of individual module reports. TEFL-related courses are internationally recognized and certified by the School of Education of the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya.

4. One-Day Workshop to Initiate the Early Childhood Work Experience in Spain

The pre-school workshop is designed to give early childhood educators very practical, hands-on tips and tools that they can use from day one of their teaching practice in Spain. basic information is given regarding what the educator can expect from Spanish native speaker pre-schoolers. Also, the workshop provides a variety of ideas on different classroom activities and games that the educator can use, focusing on how to teach vocabulary or storytelling.

5. Classroom Practice: Second Language Acquisition in Early Years

Educators will be able to test their skills and knowledge in a real-world setting in Spain, which may differ a lot from Ireland. They will have the opportunity to use their initiative and creativity to plan and conduct lessons. Educators will focus primarily on helping pre-schoolers improve their English speaking skills through games and activities. Nevertheless, their tutors and the main teachers will them give general indications and guidelines on how to be a good preschool teacher.

There will be a good support system from two tutors: a professor from the UIC that will provide guidance, when needed, to complete the online course and an experienced early childhood teacher in the school where educators are placed.

early childhood jobs in Spain

6. Length of the Work Experience and Teaching Hours

The work experience runs from September/October to May/June and, alternatively, from January until June. If at the end of the first academic year the school’s report is positive, educators can apply for a second year, in the same school or in a different one.

Based on the educator’s performance, Meddeas issues a certificate of completion that can be used in the future as proof of the early childhood work experience in Spain.

7. Lodging Options

There are two lodging options: full board accommodation with a host family or independent housing.

“Overall, whether staying with a Spanish host family or living independently is the best option is a very tough decision to make. Living with a host family first during the first year and in an apartment, the second year was the right series of moves for me. I learned how to organize myself, prioritize tasks, and decide what was and wasn’t okay for me in my home life. Moreover, I learned about a culture from the inside out, something I’ll always treasure.I took the things that I learned in the first year in the homestay and put them into practice in my second year living on my own.

Alexz C.,University of Georgia (US).. Read full testimonial


Starting a Successful Early Childhood Teaching Career in Ireland after this Work Experience

Employers not only value the experience of teaching a second language in early childhood; they also understand the importance of life skills that can only be acquired from leaving the comfort of one’s home country.

This international early childhood work experience will enhance an educator’s resume and boost their employability when they return to Ireland. They will have the opportunity to:

  • Teach in a different educational system and in a totally different culture to Irish, growing both professionally and personally
  • Learn from experienced early childhood educators
  • Learn/improve their Spanish in a native environment

APPLY TO MEDDEAS' EARLY CHILDHOOD WORK EXPERIENCE IN SPANISH SCHOOLS

PRIVACY POLICY

Manager:
Owner: Multilingual Education Development & Support SL (which operates under the brand name MEDDEAS).
Corporate Address: PC Galaria c/V nº3, 2ºC, 31191 Cordovilla (Spain)
CIF: B71078950
Corporate registration information: tomo 1598 libro 0 folio 107 hoja NA-31714 Inscrip. 1
E-mail: info@meddeas.com
Phone number: + 34 948 983 539
Data protection officer

Tomas Dawid. NIF: 33432856X
data@meddeas.com
Purpose
The personal information provided to us via the form on the contact page of www.meddeas.ie (hereinafter the “Website”) will be incorporated into a data file owned by Multilingual Education Development & Support SL (hereinafter “MEDDEAS”) and will be maintained by the same.

The purpose of this file is to manage MEDDEAS’ relationship with the users of the Website and to provide them with the information that they request. In the case that users also request to receive the Newsletter, we will manage their subscription.

The information provided in data collection forms is voluntary. Nonetheless, if it is not provided, we will not be able to provide a service. It is your responsibility to keep your information up-to-date so that it remains accurate. Any false or inaccurate statement produced as a consequence of the data provided, as well as the damages that such information could cause MEDDEAS, is the responsibility of the user.

The personal information provided will be kept so long as its deletion is not requested for up to 6 years.

Authorization
The legal basis for the processing of your information is your consent.

Recipients

MEDDEAS will only give access to your personal information to those employees that require it due to the activities they carry out as part of the services purchased. Likewise, your personal information will be transferred, by international data transfers by MEDDEAS, to the Universities that promote our programs or entities or professional collaborators that provide services for these programs, with which MEDDEAS has signed a corresponding personal information processing agreement.

Rights

All users have the right to obtain confirmation of whether MEDDEAS is processing personal information that concerns them.

Those interested in doing so have the right to access their personal information, as well as to request the rectification of inaccurate information, or, when applicable, to request its deletion when, among other reasons, this information is no longer necessary for the purpose for which it was collected.

Under certain circumstances, the parties in question will be permitted to request the restriction of the processing of their personal information, in which case this information will only be conserved in order to exercise or defend any claim.

Under certain circumstances, and for reasons related to their particular situation, the parties in question will be permitted to oppose the processing of their personal information. MEDDEAS will cease to process information, except in the case there are compelling legitimate grounds, or for defending against potential claims.

Users can exercise the aforementioned rights at any time by sending a written request to the following email address: data@meddeas.com. In order to process the request, it will be necessary to verify the user’s identity. Therefore, this written request must include the user’s full name, the petition in which the request is stated, address for the purpose of notifications, date, signature, and a photocopy of an ID card or other valid identification document. The exercise of these rights will by no means affect access to the webpage.

For more information on the exercise of rights, you can access the website of the Spanish Data Protection Agency.

If you believe that there is a problem with the way in which MEDDEAS is processing your information, you can direct your claims to the corresponding data protection agency which, in the case of Spain, is the Spanish Data Protection Agency

Protection of the personal information of minors

MEDDEAS does not foresee processing the personal information of minors. Under all circumstances, the collection of personal information from minors will only be permitted in cases in which the minors are over the age of 14 and grant their express consent. Under this age, they must have the authorization of their parents or legal guardians

Modification of the Privacy Policy

MEDDEAS is permitted to modify the present Privacy Policy at any time and publish this in successive versions on the Website. Under all circumstances, MEDDEAS will provide prior notice of the modifications to the present policy that affect users so that they are able to accept these modifications.

The present Privacy Policy was updated on 24/05/2018 © MEDDEAS (Spain). All rights reserved.

We never spam applicants or share their contact details

 

Other Options Offered by Meddeas to Teach in Spain suited to Diverse Profiles

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Language Assistants in Spain

Our structured training Language Assistant programmes are open to recent graduates with a degree in any subject. There are specific options for school leavers as well

 

 

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