Publication of ‘
More Great Childcare
(January 2013)Information for Early Years Professionals
The Department for Education has published
‘More Great Childcare’
(January 2013). This report
sets out the Government’s plan
s for improving quality in early education and child care. The
publication includes the Government response to Professor Cathy Nutbrown’s report
‘Foundations for Quality’
published in June 2012.One of the Governments key priorities is to raise the status and quality of the workforce. Theplan of action to achieve this includes the introduction of Early Years Teachers from September 2013, building on the strengths of the Early Years Professional Status programme.
What is an Early Years Teacher?
Early Years Teachers will be specialists in early childhood development, trained to work withbabies and young children from birth to five. They will be graduate leaders responsible for organising and leading high quality practice in early years settings. To ensure that the training
and assessment of Early Years Teachers is appropriate for trainees a set of Teachers’
Standards (Early Years) will be developed. These will build on the Early Years ProfessionalStatus Standards and operate in parallel with the current Teachers
’ Standards. Those whosuccessfully meet the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years) will be awarded Early Years Teacher
Why is the Government introducing Early Years Teachers?
The Government wants to move decisively away from the idea that teaching young children issomehow less important or inferior to teaching school age children. As part of this we will buildon the achievements of the Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) programme by introducingEarly Years Teachers to lead further improvements in quality. There are now over 11,000 EarlyYears Professionals across the country. Evidence from the Graduate Leader Fund final report in2011, and the three-year Longitudinal Study of Early Years Professional Status (September 2012) shows that these graduate leaders are having a positive impact on the quality of earlyeducation and care for pre-school children.
Does this mean the end of the Early Years Professional programme?
In due course yes. The last recruitment to the EYPS programme will be January 2013. Allcandidates on the programme will be supported to complete their training. The new Early YearsTeacher training programme will commence in September 2013. We are working closely withthe EYPS training providers to enable a smooth transition and a continuous supply of graduatesto support babies and young children.
If EYPS is having such a beneficial effect, why change it?
Professor Nutbrown identified concerns that Early Years Professionals do not have the status or public recognition that teach
ers have. The Government’s vision is to increase the status of the