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Early Years Teacher Programme Undergraduate Practitioner Pathway (formerly known as Early Years Professional Status)
Teaching young children is just as important as teaching school age children. Early Years Teachers are being introduced to lead further improvements in quality. The new Early Years Teacher training programme will commence in September 2013.
Early Years Teachers will be specialists in early childhood development, trained to work with babies, toddlers and young children from birth to five. They will be graduate leaders responsible for organising and leading high quality practice in early years' settings.
Early Years Professionals have had a positive impact on the quality of early education and care for pre-school children. The introduction of Early Years Teachers will build on the EYPS programme to raise the status of the early years' workforce. The change will give one title of ‘teacher’ across the early years and schools.
This course allows those who hold Foundation degrees and work in Early Years settings (including for the first time those in state funded schools and nurseries) to undertake a third year focussing on the skills needed to gain Early Years Teacher Status. This is the qualification for those who hope to further their career in early years' care and education and who intend to develop roles in leadership and management. It is a suitable progression route for those who work in the Foundation Stage within schools.
This route is also suitable for graduates from other disciplines who already work in the sector but wish to obtain Early Years Teacher Status.
Course Code / Duration
Maximum of 2 years. The new Early Years Initial Teacher Training programme will start in September 2013. Those who successfully complete will become the first Early Years Teachers.
- GCSE Maths, Science and English Grades A-C, or equivalent (for details of accepted equivalency please contact email@example.com)
- Equivalent of 2 years accredited degree level study
- DBS check (formerly CRB)
- In the (or about to enter) the final year of an undergraduate degree which has relevance to working with young children
- For details of the application process, please see Additional Information section below
Modules will include EYFS Pedagogy and Play, Placement modules, Childhood studies, Leadership and Management in Early Years Settings
Fees and Funding
We positively encourage existing practitioners to apply for a fully funded Early Years Initial Teacher training place. We are recruiting now for the September 2013 intake.
Those who successfully complete Early Years Initial Teacher Training and meet the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years) will be Early Years Teachers. They will hold Early Years Teacher Status.
Research evidence shows that graduate leaders raise the quality of early years' provision by improving their own day-to-day practice and by leading the practice of others.
The Department for Education has published ‘More great childcare’ (January 2013). This sets out the Government’s plans for improving quality in early education and childcare. One of the Government’s key priorities is to raise the status and quality of the workforce. The plan of action to achieve this includes the introduction of Early Years Teachers from September 2013, building on the strengths of the Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) programme.
Applicants are invited to apply throughout the year for the next admission point which is September 2013. To apply, please download the Early Years Teacher application form 2013 and email to firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information on completing the application form, please click on EYPS Teacher Application Form Guidance Notes 2013