Canterbury Christ Church University Early Years Teacher Status

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Canterbury Christ Church University Early Years Teacher Status

It is important that those who work with young children are of the highest quality. Charlie Taylor, CEO, National College Teaching & Learning states:

‘The standard of early education and childcare is related to better intellectual, cognitive and social development in children at entry to school and throughout school (2013)’.

The Effective Provision of Pre-school (EPPE) project (2004) investigated the effects of pre-school education and care on children’s development for children aged 3-7 years. One of the recommendations was to establish a graduate-led workforce. This continues to inform the direction of travel for such a workforce. Initially called Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) this has now been superseded by the Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS).

The Department for Education has confirmed that whilst EYPS and EYTS are equivalent, they are distinct awards with different standards. Practitioners who have gained EYPS can refer to themselves as Early Years Teachers but they will not be eligible for conversion certificates.

The Early Years Teacher Status professional development programme builds on firm foundations of Early Years Professional Status (EYPS). However, unlike the former EYPS, the EYTS will be seen as equivalent to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) as entry requirements to Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) are the same as entry to Primary Initial Teacher Training (ITT).

The EYITT aims to attract high quality graduates into early education with the intention of linking the one title of ‘teacher’ across the early years and schools. Early Years Initial Teacher Training is the only teacher training focused on birth to five age range and includes developing knowledge of Key Stage 1 & 2; the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years) are specifically designed for this age group.

Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT)

The EYITT is:

A specialist programme designed for those already working or seeking to work with babies and children from birth to five years old. The programme focuses on teaching and learning with children across this age range.

Trainees must hold a degree awarded by a UK higher education institution (or recognised overseas equivalent) before EYTS is complete.

Achieving the status

Training and assessment are designed around the teaching standards for early years (known as the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years)). These standards operate in parallel with the Teachers’ Standards for the award of qualified teacher status (QTS). Early Years Teachers must demonstrate that they also understand the continuum of education including the curriculum into Key Stages 1 and 2. To be awarded Early Years Teacher Status, all trainees must meet these robust standards.

Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) has 4 pathways, which includes a pathway for people who have an unrelated degree. Training providers will be able to assist you to identify the pathway that is most suitable to you and your experience.

The following are essential prior to starting the programme:

  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • Maths, English and Science GCSE ‘A-C’ grade
  • Right to work and study in the UK
  • Ability to read effectively and communicate clearly and accurately in English