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09 DEC 11

Our January 2012 recruitment for the next Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) intake closes in three weeks, with around 1,700 places available for candidates wishing to undertake further training or start a career in early years.

The training programme continues to be free to all candidates who apply for a CWDC funded place.

Training providers across England are now actively recruiting for the funded programme, offering places both to candidates who currently work in the early year's sector and to potential learners who would like to consider a career in early years in the future.

EYPS is a graduate-level programme, led by the Children's Workforce Development Council (CWDC). It is the only government endorsed professional accreditation for the early years sector providing learners with a degree level qualification, professional status and work based experience.

More than 8,500 early years practitioners have already achieved Early Years Professional Status (EYPS), helping raise the standards and the status of the early years' workforce across England.

1,700 additional funded places are now on offer across all regions in England for candidates interested in starting their training in January.

Research published earlier this year highlights that EYPs continue to make a difference to children's learning and development through providing leadership across early years settings and improving outcomes directly for the children they work with.

New Year, new start - apply for your place today

If you would like to apply for a place on the next EYPS programme, you need to talk to your local training provider. A full list of training providers and the regions they are delivering in is available at:

Each provider is delivering in set regions across the country and will be using a range of partners to deliver training near you.

Full funding is available to cover all EYPS training costs, including in some circumstances additional bursary costs to support learners or supply costs to support cover in your setting.

Funded places are however limited, and applications will close for January shortly.

Deirdre Quill, Director of Early Years and Sector Leadership at CWDC, said

Everyday, throughout the country, graduate EYPs are working with our under 5s and leading and supporting their colleagues to be the best they can.

This new training intake is a fantastic opportunity for all those currently working with very young children or considering a career in the early years, to access an exciting and innovative accreditation scheme, improve your skills and gain the only professional status for the early year's sector. Don't miss your opportunity to apply today.


For media enquiries only, please contact CWDC Early Years Senior Project Manager Carol Dewhurst on 0113 39 7679 or at

Notes to Editor:

1. The Children's Workforce Development Council (CWDC) supports local areas to drive sector-led improvements so that millions of people and volunteers who work with children and young people across England are able to do the best job they can.

We want England's children, young people and families' workforce to be respected and valued for the positive difference it makes to children, young people and their families.

We work in partnership with lots of different organisations and support workers and employers who want the lives of all children and young people to be healthy, happy and fulfilling. For more information visit: 

2. Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) is the only professional graduate accreditation for the early years workforce, endorsed by Government and increasingly recognised as the credential for leading practice in early years provision. Launched in 2007, there are now more than 8,300 qualified EYPs across England, making a real difference to the lives of children every day, and more than 1,800 in training. For more information on EYPS visit:

3. Full details of the new EYPS training providers including their contact details and details of their geographical delivery areas is available on the CWDC website at:

4. From 1 October 2011 to 31 March 2012 the EYPS programme and associated contracts will be owned and managed by CWDC.  From April 2012, the new Teaching Agency will take responsibility for the programme and associated contracts.  Further information about the Government's reform of its Arms Length Bodies can be found at:



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