Pathways to Early Years Teacher Status
- Inspire the future. Gain Early Years Teacher Status;
- Meet a set of national, professional standards that relate to working with children from birth to five, the Teachers' Standards (Early Years);
- Make a difference to the lives of babies and young children;
- Four different routes ensure you can join a programme to match your requirements.
Please note, this programme is subject to change for students joining in academic year 2014/15.
Edge Hill University is working in a consortium with Anglia Ruskin University and The University of East London to deliver Early Years Teacher Status.
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. To help achieve this, the Early Years Teacher Status programme has been introduced, building on the strengths of the previous Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) pathways.
Early Years Teacher Status is a graduate-level professional accreditation programme for leading practitioners in the early years sector. The evidence is clear that high quality early education and childcare can have a powerful impact on young children preparing them for school and later life.
The pathways in Early Years Teacher Status reflect the specialist role of working with babies and children from birth to five years old and is designed to meet the Teachers' Standards (Early Years). Four distinct routes are available, reflecting the diverse needs and backgrounds of applicants seeking to gain Early Years Teacher Status.
Edge Hill University
Woodlands Centre, Chorley
Tyne Metropolitan College, Tyne and Wear
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2014/15 Entry Requirements
There are specific entry requirements for each pathway and additional criteria that apply to all pathways.
To join each route, you must meet the following pathway-specific criteria:
- Graduate Practitioner Pathway - you must hold a degree and be an experienced practitioner currently working in the early years sector;
- Undergraduate Practitioner Pathway - you must hold a degree, foundation degree or other relevant level 5 qualification with a total of at least 240 credits;
- Graduate Entry Pathway - you need to hold a degree;
- Undergraduate Entry Pathway - you need to be enrolled on year 3 of a BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies programme or a similar full-time degree.
You will also require at least Grade C (or recognised equivalent) in GCSEs in English Language, Mathematics and Science.
Please note, all applicants for this programme will be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, previously CRB) Enhanced Disclosure indicating that you meet the mandatory criteria of 'Clearance to Work with Children and/or Vulnerable Adults'. You should not seek to obtain this before applying to the course.
Applicants who meet the entry criteria will be invited to interview.
How do I apply?
If you would like to be kept informed about recruitment to pathways leading to Early Years Teacher Status for September 2014 entry, please register your expression of interest at www.edgehill.ac.uk/education/early-years/early-years-registration.
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Who is this course for?
To cater for applicants from a range of backgrounds, settings and roles, there are four distinct routes to Early Years Teacher Status:
- Graduate Practitioner Pathway - GPP (6 months, part-time) - designed for experienced graduates currently working in the sector who require a small amount of learning or further experience before they can demonstrate the Teachers' Standards (Early Years);
- Undergraduate Practitioner Pathway - UPP (12 months, part-time) - designed for experienced practitioners, currently working in the sector, who have an Early Years foundation degree or equivalent and who require a small amount of learning, or further learning and/or experience, before they can demonstrate the Teachers' Standards (Early Years);
- Graduate Entry Pathway - GEP (12 months, full-time) - designed for graduates new to the workforce with little or no experience of working with young children. Candidates will engage in directly taught face-to-face teaching and learning days and block placements in appropriate early years settings, complemented by access to online learning resources;
- Undergraduate Entry Pathway - UEP (12 months, full-time) - designed for undergraduates in year 3 of a BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies degree or other relevant full time degree. Candidates will undertake online learning programmes complemented by face-to-face days and block placements in appropriate early years settings.
What will I gain from this programme?
On successful completion of the programme, you will be a reflective practitioner who is able to lead and support colleagues in order to influence change and improve outcomes for children.
Early Years Teacher Status could significantly enhance your ability to effect change in settings, communicate ideas for effective change to other staff, and assist you in becoming involved in supporting others through mentoring, coaching and leading professional development activities. You will have the ability and knowledge to create, inspire and lead the best practice with young children.
How we will support you
Edge Hill University will support you in achieving Early Years Teacher Status by:
- Undertaking a training analysis;
- Identifying a mentor to support you in meeting the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years).
You will get all the support you need to succeed, reflected in Edge Hill University being ranked best in the North West for teaching in the Sunday Times University Guide 2012, and in the top five in England for students' personal development in the National Student Survey 2012.
What will I study?
The training you undertake will be based on your qualifications and experience. Edge Hill University will help you choose the right pathway to become an Early Years Teacher.
You will need to become familiar with, and reflect upon, your practice in relation to the set of professional standards which indicate what Early Years Teachers must know, understand and be able to do in order to achieve Early Years Teacher Status. These standards are currently under review.
You will also need the skill, creativity, commitment, energy and enthusiasm that leading early years practice requires.
How will I study?
Programme content and delivery varies between pathways.
The Graduate Practitioner Pathway requires six months of part-time online study while the Undergraduate Practitioner Pathway requires 12 months of online part-time study. Both pathways have a number of face-to-face days to support the assessment process.
The Graduate Entry Pathway and Undergraduate Entry Pathway both take 12 months of full-time study to complete. The Graduate Entry pathway is taught directly through face-to-face days complemented by online learning resources and block placements in appropriate early years settings. The Undergraduate Entry pathway requires you to undertake online learning programmes, complemented by face-to-face days and block placements in appropriate early years settings.
Trainees on the Graduate Entry Pathway and Undergraduate Entry Pathway will be required to participate in a series of work-based placements.
Those on the Undergraduate Practitioner and Graduate Practitioner Pathways may be required to undertake further setting-based training with a specific age group where required. This is to ensure compliance with the age-related experience requirements of Early Years Teacher Status.
Who will be teaching me?
You will be taught by a team of Early Years specialists who have all worked in the sector. Some members of the programme team are Early Years Professionals themselves and engage in research activity relevant to the programme.
How will I be assessed?
In order to achieve Early Years Teacher Status, trainees will undergo a range of training, development and assessment activities that will vary according to the pathway and individual learning and development needs. Effective support, advice and guidance will be provided throughout the process. At the end of the programme, you will be required to take part in a final assessment which consists of a single setting visit during a working day.
During assessment you will need to provide evidence that you meet the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years) in respect of both your personal practice and leadership and support of others. You will be able to attend sessions specifically designed to support you through the assessment process.
What are my career prospects?
Recent national research published by the Department for Education (DfE) highlighted the unique and pivotal role of Early Years Professionals.
The National Evaluation of the Graduate Leadership Fund (July 2011) found that Early Years Professionals have a measurable impact on quality across an early years setting, over and above that of employing a graduate who does not hold the status.
Early Years Professionals were found to improve the quality of support for children's communication, language and literacy, reasoning and thinking skills, scientific understanding and individual needs.
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 help to continue to raise the status of the early years workforce, ensuring there is one title of 'teacher' across early years education and schools.
Successfully gaining Early Years Teacher Status will demonstrate you have the skills, knowledge and understanding to participate in raising the quality of early years provision and exercise leadership to make a positive difference to the lives of babies and young children.
Further study at Edge Hill University
- FdA Early Years Leadership
- FdA Early Years Practice
- BA (Hons) Children and Young People's Learning and Development
- BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies
- BA (Hons) Early Years Education
- BA (Hons) Early Years Education with QTS
- BA (Hons) Early Years Professional Practice and Leadership
- BA (Hons) Early Years Leadership
Fees and Finance
Funding arrangements for Early Years Teacher Status training pathways in academic year 2014/15 are still to be announced.
Not got the entry requirements?
If you are thinking of working with children and would like to gain Early Years Teacher Status but have not yet started an undergraduate course, Edge Hill University offers foundation degrees in Early Years Leadership and Early Years Practice, with top-up routes to degree level, that combine the relevant qualifications with practical experience. These programmes are for those currently working in or wishing to work in a wide variety of Early Years settings. If you do not have the relevant GCSEs required for this programme, Edge Hill University offers GCSE equivalency tests. Please visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/tests or email email@example.com for further information.
Where can I find out more?
If you would like to receive a copy of our prospectus or be kept updated about forthcoming events, contact the Course Information, Advice and Guidance Team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01695 657000.
If you want to attend one of our open events held throughout the year, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/postgradopendays to book your place.
You will also find Edge Hill University staff at many national careers fairs and UCAS events.
Still want more?
If you have any questions you would like to ask the programme leader about this course, please contact:
- The Early Years Teacher Status Team, Woodlands Centre, Edge Hill University, Southport Road, Chorley, Lancs PR7 1QR
- Tel: 01257 517127 / 01257 517126
- Email: email@example.com