EYPS is a graduate level status. Graduates with a wide range of experience and qualifications working in a range of settings and roles, as well as new recruits, are potential candidates for EYPS.
The graduates skills and expertise in early years determines the EYPS pathway that they will enrol in. The four pathways to gain EYP status comprise of 1. Validation pathway (assessment only), 2. Short Extended Professional Development (Short EPD) pathway, 3. Long Extended Professional Development (Long EPD) pathway and 4. Full Training pathway. In both pathways 3 and 4, students/candidates are able to gain a Bachelor Honours degree.
Within the Every Child Matters context, it is recognised that every child deserves the best early years care and education possible. Early years professionals gaining EYP status will act as ‘change agents’ improving practice in the early years. EYPS is critical to raising the quality of early years provision.
Depending on the EYPS pathway enrolled in, students study a selection of the following courses as part of a Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
* Leading and Managing in Early Years
* Child Development and Learning: Birth to 5 years
* Mentor Development: The Practice-based Teacher
* Recognising Children at Risk
* Curriculum and Assessment in the Early Years: Workplace Project
Early years professionals lead practice and the EYFS curriculum in a variety of early years settings.