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  • Objectives
    The first five years of life are critical in children's development. High quality early years provision can help children achieve their potential and support parents and families. High quality provision requires a well-trained, well-supported and highly motivated workforce - and that's where you come in. Early Years Professionals (EYPs) are key to raising the quality of early years provision. They are 'change' agents to improve practice. They will lead practice across the Early Years Foundation Stage, support and mentor other practitioners and model the skills and behaviours that safeguard and support children. To become an EYP, you need to gain Early Years Professional Status (EYPS). This is not a qualification - it's a new status that will recognise your expertise as a practitioner and a professional leader. Early Years Professional Status is awarded to people who can demonstrate that they meet a set of national, graduate-level EYP Standards when working with children from birth to five. The EYP Standards set out the knowledge, understanding, skills and other professional attributes that an EYP will need.
  • Entry requirements
    EYPS is a graduate level status. -If you already have a full degree or equivalent qualification (Level 6), depending on your previous experience, you will be eligible for either the four month part-time validation programme; the short extended professional development (EPD) pathway which lasts for six months part-time; or the full training pathway which lasts for 12 months full-time. -If you have an Early Years Foundation Degree (Level 5) or an equivalent qualification, you will be eligible for the long EPD pathway, which lasts for 15 months. You will also need GCSE grade C or above in Mathematics and English, or a recognised equivalent, to complete one of the EYPS training and assessment pathways. UWE offers GCSE equivalence tests for those who do not have suitable qualifications. In addition to the academic requirements, before you start training, you must also: -be physically and mentally fit to work as an EYP; -not have a criminal background that might prevent you working with children or as an EYP, and you must not previously have been excluded from working with children; -demonstrate that you can read effectively and are able to communicate clearly and accurately in spoken and written standard English; -and by the time you finish training you must; have sufficient recent and relevant experience to enable you to demonstrate that you meet all the EYP Standards across the age range birth to five.
  • Academic Title
    EYPS Early Years Professional Status
  • Course description
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    What is the role of an Early Years Professional?

    EYPs will be trained to work in a range of early years settings. They will be trained to:

    -often work as part of the team of skilled and committed people working with children in early years settings or wider children's services
    -take responsibility for leading and managing play, care and learning
    -have a secure and up-to-date knowledge and understanding of early years practice with children from birth to five; and
    -be skilled and effective practitioners
    -In addition to this, EYPs will have an important role in leading and supporting other staff by helping them to develop and improve their practice, establish and maintain positive relationships with children and communicate and work in partnership with families, carers and other professionals.

    What standards do I have to meet to become an EYP?

    The standards indicate what you must know, understand and be able to do in order to achieve EYPS. They cover working safely with babies, toddlers and young children from birth to the end of the new Early Years Foundation Stage (five year olds).

    Because everyone has to demonstrate the same standards, employers can be confident that anyone with EYPS has reached the same high level of professional competence. Being an EYP implies more than meeting a series of individual standards. You will need to have the skills, creativity, commitment, energy and enthusiasm that leading practice in the early years requires, and the intellectual and leadership skills required of the effective EYP.

    There are 39 Standards in total and they are organised into six areas:

    -knowledge and understanding
    -effective practice
    -relationships with children
    -communicating and working in partnership with families and carers
    -teamwork and collaboration
    -professional development

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