Early Years Professional Status and Early Years Teacher Status
- Early Years Professionals and Early Years Teachers
- Routes to achieving Early Years Teacher Status
- Entry requirments
- Early Years Teacher Training Providers
- Further Information
Early Years Professionals and Early Years Teachers
Early Years Professionals (EYPs) are graduate level practitioners key to raising the quality of Early Years provision. They are ‘change agents’ to improve practice. EYPs lead practice across the Early Years Foundation Stage, support and mentor other practitioners and model the skills and behaviours that safeguard and support children. EYPs have helped to improve the quality of early education which has been recognised by the Government and has helped to shape future developments.
In September 2013 training pathways leading to EYP Status stopped and Early Years Teachers were introduced. Early Years Teachers will build upon the strengths of the EYP Status programme as specialists in early childhood development trained to work with babies and young children. Existing EYPs will be recognised as the equivalent of Early Years Teachers. Please note both EYPs and EYTs do not hold Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
Devon County Council's Early Years & Childcare Service continue to support settings who employ an EYP / EYT through the Graduate Leader Fund.
Routes to achieving Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS)
The next intake for EYTS is September 2014. There are 4 routes to achieve Early Years Teacher Status:
- Graduate Entry Mainstream: this route is for existing graduates (in any subject) who want to achieve EYTS through an academic route and are currently not working in the sector. The training is 12 months, full time. This route is fully funded by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) and candidates with a 1st Class or 2:1 Degree will be eligible for bursaries. Candidates with a 1st Class Degree can claim £9,000 and candidates with a 2:1 can claim £4,000.
- Graduate Entry Employment Based: this route is for graduates (in any subject) currently employed in an early years setting or newly recruited to an early years setting, who want to undertake EYTS through an employment based route. The training is 12 months, part time. This route is fully funded by the NCTL and an incentive is available for the employer. The incentive is £14,000 which must pay for the course fees (which can be up to £7,000 in total). The remainder must be used to support the EYT trainee and be used for supply cover, salary enhancement and further training as required.
- Undergraduate Entry: this route is for undergraduates who are completing a Degree in an Early Childhood related subject and includes EYTS. The training is 3 years full time. There is no funding for this route and candidates will be required to self fund. For information on student loans please visit our Financial Support page.
- Assessment Only: this route is for graduates with experience of working with children from birth to five who are able to demonstrate Teachers' Standards (Early Years) without further training. The Assessment Only route is 3 months and there is no funding attached to this route. The cost of this route will be set by the EYTS training provider.
- EYT Trainees must hold a GCSE grade ‘C’ or above in English, mathematics and science or a recognised equivalent*. These qualifications must be achieved prior to commencing an EYT route. For more information about equivalency testing visit: www.equivalencytesting.co.uk.
- EYT Trainees must pass a literacy and numeracy Professional Skills Test prior to commencing an EYT route. Trainees have three attempts to pass the Professional Skills Test, the first test is funded. Subsequent tests need to be self funded and cost £19.50. If trainees fail three tests they must wait two years before re-taking. For more information about registering for the Skills Test and practice tests please visit the Dept for Education website.
- All routes other than the Undergraduate Entry require the candidate to hold a full Degree, a Foundation Degree will not be accepted.
* Please contact the Early Years Teacher training provider directly to find out which recognised equivalents they accept.
Recognised equivalents to GCSEs are acceptable for entry onto EYT routes, however this may not provide you with a nationally recognised qualification that would be accepted by other institutions for other purposes. If you want to complete a GCSE in English or maths, most colleges provide funding for these. Science GSCEs are currently not funded. For more information please contact your local college:
Early Years Teacher Training Providers
A list of approved Early Years Teacher training providers across the country for the September 2014 intake is available on the Department for Education website.
In Devon, there are two Early Years Teacher training providers:
- Somerset SCITT Consortium are working in partnership with the University of St Mark and St John (Marjons) to offer the training at the Plymouth campus. For further information please visit the University of St Mark & St John (Marjons) website or email your Early Years Teacher Status enquiry to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Best Practice Network will be offering Early Years Teacher Status in the South West. For more information please viist the Best Practice Network website.
- EYP Standards (99KB - pdf help)
- Early Years Teacher Standards
- Department for Education
- Analysis of the impact of EYP (55KB - pdf help)
- Evaluation of the Graduate Leader Fund (1.39MB - pdf help)
- Effective Provision of Pre-School Education (EPPE) Project
- Open University