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EYPS FAQs

Tender and contract opportunities for EYPS delivery

Q: Who can apply to deliver EYPS?

A: CWDC Funded EYPS delivery:

CWDC has contracts with eight prime organisations to provide EYPS training from January 2012 to March 2015. These are the only organisations that can negotiate and enter into an agreement to deliver EYPS.

Each prime organisation has been allocated a number of candidate places in specific regions across England, for each recruitment intake between January 2012 and 2015. Many of the prime organisations are working with delivery partners to ensure that there is good EYPS coverage across all English regions. For a full list of prime organisations delivering EYPS click here.

If a local authority or agency wishes to negotiate block funded places for its early years workforce or students it can only do so within the parameters of the entry and selection criteria in place, with the prime organisations serving the specific region. In such cases prime organisations must ensure that the objectives of the EYPS contract are met.

EYPS delivery, funded from other sources / self funded:

CWDC is aware that some local authorities and other agencies are looking to procure providers to deliver EYPS training.

As CWDC remains the only agency who can award EYP status on behalf of the Secretary of State for Education, only the eight prime organisations contracted to deliver EYPS from January 2012 - March 2015, can pursue an advertised tender or contract opportunity with a local authority or any other agency to deliver EYPS.

In cases where a local authority or agency is seeking to purchase EYPS training, the prime organisation can only bid for contract where funding is available from the local authority or other agency. This is because no additional payment can be received for CWDC funded places than that provided by CWDC. In these instances any of the eight prime organisations could bid for the business.

No delivery partner within a prime organisation can bid directly for tenders or contracts for EYPS. No delivery partner within a prime organisation can negotiate block funded places directly but must seek the involvement and agreement of the prime organisation.

Pathways

Q: How much experience in an early years setting do I need to be accepted onto the Graduate Entry Pathway (GEP)?

A: Your training provider will be able to advise you on whether your background, qualifications and experience are at the level required for entry onto the GEP. We would expect that all candidates have had some experience of working in early years and some existing background knowledge prior to starting the GEP.

Q: Can I enrol on an undergraduate practitioner pathway if I don't feel I have a relevant degree and/or enough experience for the GPP pathway?

A: The UPP is primarily for current employees working in the early years sector with an undergraduate (level 5) qualification. However, there are a small group of potential candidates with a degree (which is likely to be unrelated to early years) and limited experience, who will require extra training and experience beyond that offered as part of the GPP.

In exceptional circumstances a training provider may allow graduates as described above to undertake the UPP pathway. If you feel you might meet this criteria you should discuss this with your training provider.

Q: Are the entry pathways full time?

A: Yes, both the GEP and the UEP are full time pathways. The practitioner pathways (UPP & GPP) are both part time pathways 

Q: We understand that training providers are letting graduates from other disciplines outside of early years on EYPS courses. How and who will decide how many candidates they let on the programme?

A: There are four pathways to EYPS: two are practitioner pathways for those in the sector (Undergraduate Practitioner Pathway & Graduate Practitioner Pathway) and two are entry pathways for those wishing to move into the sector (Undergraduate Entry Pathway & Graduate Entry Pathway). Each prime organisation has been given a regional funded allocation for each pathway and will recruit to these numbers. Allocations of numbers of funded places are based on a formula related to regional 0-4 population and areas of disadvantage distributions amongst other things.

CWDC does not expect supply of funded places to meet the growing demand for EYPS and, therefore, Prime Organisations will have robust selection criteria to determine who they enrol on the EYPS programme.

It is the government's intention to refresh and increase the early years graduate professional workforce. Graduate and Undergraduate entry pathways contribute to this and have specific funding allocations.

Eligibility & entry criteria

Q: What are the placement requirements on the GEP? What are the placement requirements on the UEP?

A: The placement requirements for both the UEP & GEP are the same. There must be 18 weeks of placement in total. This must consist of two placements of at least 4 weeks each. The total pathway length must be at least 36 weeks.

Q: Are local authority staff members (e.g. early years consultants) and FE teachers eligible for funding from January 2012?

A: Anyone who is working in a setting as described below can apply to a EYPS practitioner pathway:

  • a setting on the Early Years Register;
  • a nursery school;
  • an independent school that delivers the Early Years Foundation Stage; or
  • a maintained school that delivers the Early Years Foundation Stage.

In such cases applications should be made for funded places on the relevant entry pathway.

Anyone applying to an entry pathway irrespective of previous or current employment, will be considered in relation to standard entry and selection criteria. Obviously any such application will be considered in terms of prospective intention and desire to enter the early years practitioner workforce and not as a means of obtaining CPD for an existing role. This applies to early years LA consultants or academics.

Those wishing to obtain EYPS for CPD purposes and not to enter the practitioner workforce can seek a self-funded place.

Q: Could the EYP provider accept the first modules of the Open University foundation degree as the GCSE English equivalent?

A: A pass in any undergraduate course prefixed with the letter 'A' or 'D' from the Open University is equivalent to a GCSE grade c+ in English. If the Foundation degree is completed outside of the EYPS pathways the equivalency for English GCSE grade C would be achieved.

Funding

Q: If I have received a not met in the past will I be able to access a funded place on an EYPS pathway?

A: Anyone that has received a Not met in the past (or in the future) will not receive funding to undertake another EYPS pathway. You will be able to apply for a self funded place subject to meeting entry and selection criteria.

Q: Why have you extended the funding to maintained settings? Doesn't that mean that people with a qualified teacher status will get two qualifications funded and others might not get any? 

A: The government's aim is to open opportunities for high level professional accreditation to all those working in an early years capacity with young children who are disadvantaged rather than target particular types of setting within the workforce.

The focus is on disadvantage and underrepresented groups of staff within or entering the workforce this will mean that selection criteria will be employed for CWDC funded places to maximise EYPS accreditation in such circumstances.

Self funding offers the opportunity for those who do not meet the selection criteria where funded places are oversubscribed to enter the training.

Recruitment

Q: When does recruitment start?

A: Recruitment for the January 2012 intake has now started. Details of the prime organisations delivering EYPS from Jan 2012 is available on the CWDC website.

Q: Is there a training provider in my area? It doesn't look like there is one nearby from looking at the CWDC website.

A: The 8 contracted training providers listed on the CWDC website are the Prime Organisation who CWDC holds a contract with for the delivery of EYPS from 2012-15.

The majority of the Prime Organisations represent a consortium of organisations with whom they are working in partnership to deliver the EYPS programme. All organisations are delivering across a number of sites within their regions. 

The easiest way to find out if there is a provider near you is to visit the CWDC website and check out what regions the consortia are delivering in. Then contact a Prime organisation in your region and they will be able to advise you of their local delivery options.

Q: I have seen an advert for an EYPS provider in the press but they are not one of the eight on your website? Are they legitimate?

A: The 8 organisations listed on the CWDC website are the Prime Organisation who CWDC holds a contract with for the delivery of EYPS from 2012-2015. The majority of the Prime Organisations represent a consortium of organisations with whom they are working in partnership with to deliver the EYPS programme.

The best way to check the legitimacy of a provider in your area is to check with the Prime Organisation on CWDC's website. Alternatively speak to the provider you have seen advertising and ask who their Prime Organisation is and whether your place will be eligible for CWDC funding.

EYPS Standards 

Q: I have heard there is a review of the EYPS standards going on. How does that affect my course? Will it be out of date in a year?

A: The EYPS Standards are the basis for the assessment and accreditation for the award of the Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) and set out the national expectations for anyone wishing to gain the status. The EYPS accreditation is a valid and reliable professional status whatever date you acquired it and will remain so. As with any qualification or accreditation, for example teaching, standards will be reviewed from time to time.

CWDC has been asked to commence a review of the EYPS standards. This will take account of emerging policy and government reviews: in particular Supporting Families in the Foundation Years and the review of Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

CWDC is now commencing the review and aims to produce a revised set of EYPS standards for implementation by training providers delivering the EYPS by September 2012.

Further information on the stages of the review will follow in late 2011.

Assessment

Q: I am an existing EYP candidate. My training provider is not on the new list. Does that mean I can't complete my training?

A: All existing and continuing candidates will be supported by their existing training provider through to completion of their programme within prescribed timescales. Candidates should confirm these with their current provider.

General

Q: What is the difference between the 'old EYPS' and 'new EYPS'?

A: The EYPS programme will continue to cover the recruitment, assessment and accreditation of the EYPS Standards to enable candidates to achieve Early Years Professional Status.

The primary differences relate to the changing government policy focus. This includes; a move from targeted numbers to distribution specifications; opening up of the status to wider groups across the workforce, and the opportunity to self fund.

To reflect changing policy there are a number of revisions and additions to contractual arrangements for the programme. We have strengthened entry criteria for candidates and performance management requirements for providers. We have devolved quality assurance and brought in a quality auditor whose scope is much wider than the previous quality assurance brief. 

The essential differences between the EYPS programme delivered from 2006-11 and the EYPS programmes which will run between 2012-15 are set out in the table below:

 

EYPS in 2006-11

EYPS in 2012-15

EYP Standards

All candidates were assessed using the 2006 EYPS Standards

No change

 

CWDC has been asked to commence a review of the EYPS standards.  This will take account of emerging policy and government reviews: in particular Supporting Families in the Foundation Years and the review of Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

CWDC is now commencing the review and aims to produce a revised set of EYPS standards for implementation by training providers' delivering the EYPS by September 2012

Funding sources

CWDC had funding monopoly,

CWDC will provide a funding allocation to all training providers.

In addition to this training providers will be encouraged to develop new self-funding sources (e.g. individuals, employers, local authorities and corporate sponsors).

Training providers will be able to charge fees to candidates not covered by CWDC funding.

Pathways

Five pathways:

  • - Validation (3 months)
  • - Short (6 months)
  • - Long (15 months)
  • - Full (12 months)
  • - ECSD (12-20 months)

Four pathways:

  • - Graduate Practitioner Pathway (GPP, 6 months)
  • - Undergraduate Practitioner Pathway ( UPP, 12 months)
  • - Graduate Entry Pathway (GEP, 12 months)
  • - Undergraduate Entry Pathway (UEP, 24 months)

Full pathway detail on CWDC website.

Minimum intakes

No minimum intakes

Minimum capacity set for prime organisations

GCSE requirements

GCSE English and maths was required on completion.

GCSE English and maths will be required on entry.

Fitness requirement

Candidates required to be 'physically and mentally fit to work as an EYP'.

There will be no fitness requirement but guidance will be provided

Overseas candidates

Candidates were required to be able to 'live and work in the UK'

Candidates must have the right to work in the UK for at least the duration of their pathway

Funding amounts

There was a standard funding amount for each pathway place.

Funding amounts have been reduced in recognition of market conditions and efficiency gains required by government.

A component of funding will be dedicated to degree top-up on the UPP.

Method of procurement

Training providers were procured through an open tender.

Contractors procured through the National College's collaborative framework agreement.

Deferral

Candidates allowed to defer for an unspecified duration.

Contractors will be required to employ formal procedures and stringent monitoring of deferral. Deferral will be time limited and at candidates' formal request.

Outcomes

Candidates that received a 'Not met' outcome were able to start a pathway with full funding an unlimited amount of times

Candidates that receive a 'Not met' will be unable to receive funding to undertake a pathway again but will be able to self fund

Payment method

40:40:30 at start, mid point and end point

40:60 at start and end point

Recruitment

Universal within settings parameters

Focus on disadvantage and underrepresented groups across all settings

Selection criteria

None

Required to enable recruitment to funded places to meet policy needs

Q: What happens after CWDC closes? Who will award my certificate?

A: 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.  The Teaching Agency will take on all of the CWDC current roles and responsibilities, including the award of EYPS certificates.

Further information about the Government's reform of its Arms Length Bodies can be found at: http://www.education.gov.uk/inthenews/inthenews/a0077895/teaching-agency-to-be-up-and-running-from-april-2012

Q: What is the difference between a prime organisation / lead organisation and an EYPS training provider?

A: The term 'prime organisation' has been adopted to ensure clarity of the status of the training provider. A prime organisation is an organisation which has a formal contract with CWDC and is contractually responsible and accountable for the delivery of EYPS from January 2012-March 2015.

The term training provider refers to the collective group of partners responsible for delivering the requirements of the EYPS contract (including the prime organisation and any subcontractors)

Q: Can a new graduate fresh from university gain Early Years Professional Status (EYPS)?

A: Early Years Professionals (EYPs) will be key to raising the quality of early years provision. They will be change agents to improve practice. They will lead practice amongst those delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), in a range of settings modelling the skills and behaviours that promote good outcomes for children and supporting and mentoring other practitioners. It is unlikely that a newly qualified graduate will have sufficient experience to handle this. However, people have different backgrounds and may have gone into their degree course with substantial experience.

The Undergraduate Entry and the Graduate Entry Pathways have been designed with undergraduates (with a level 5 qualification) and new graduates who have some experience in early years sector in mind and will include 18 weeks of early years setting placements.

Q: Do I have to have a degree in Early Childhood Studies to become an Early Years Professional (EYP)?

A: To be awarded EYPS, all candidates will need to hold a full degree at the end of their training. Candidates with relevant degrees, such as a degree in Early Childhood Studies, will probably be able to access the shorter pathways. You should discuss your qualifications and experience with your training provider to determine the most appropriate pathway for you.

Those holding an Early Years Foundation Degree or a non-relevant degree (and require further training) will be able to join longer pathways. Applicants with a foundation degree will need to supplement this qualification with at least 60 points at HE Level 3 and be awarded a degree prior to assessment.

Details of the different pathways can be found here. Responsibility for the selection of candidates for training and assessment pathways will always lie with the training providers.

Q: Do the selected EYPS training providers represent specific regions?

A: Training providers working with CWDC have been selected primarily on the quality of their bid to deliver Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) training. The provision of pathways has been modelled to allow for fair regional coverage and each of the pathways is available in every region. A list of all training providers can be found here..

Q: How do I know which EYPS training providers offer high quality?

A: All training providers working with CWDC have to meet a number of conditions to receive funding and to be eligible to provide preparation and assessment for Early Years Professional Status (EYPS), including the need to have systems in place for quality assurance and internal moderation. All training providers were assessed against specific criteria to ensure they had the capacity and ability to deliver high quality training and assessment. Details of all training providers can be found on our EYPS training providers page.

Q: How does the CWDC envisage a graduate manager, EYP and National Professional Qualification for Integrated Centre Leadership fitting together?

A: We envisage that over time only those with EYP status should lead practice across Early Years Foundation Stage. EYPs may go on to lead and manage a setting and undertake the National Professional Qualification for Integrated Centre Leadership but centre leaders and managers in Children’s Centres may come from a range of backgrounds.

Q: How long will the EYPS training take and is it full-time?

A: This will depend on a candidate’s previous experience and qualifications. There are four pathways to achieving Early Years Professional Status (EYPS), time commitments for which are as follows:

·         Graduate Practitioner Pathway: Part time for 6 months

·         Undergraduate Practitioner Pathway: Part time for 12months

·         Graduate Entry Pathway: Full time for twelve months

·         Undergraduate Entry Pathway: Full time for twelve months

More information about each of the pathways can be found here.

Q: How will those with QTS working in children’s centres undertake additional training to achieve EYPS?

A: The Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) training pathways for those with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) currently working in early years are likely to be short and part-time in nature. Funding to cover fees and support payments to the payments to the children's centres will be available.

Details of the different pathways can be found here. Responsibility for the selection of candidates for training and assessment pathways will always lie with the training providers.

Q: I am a very experienced practitioner at Level 3 – why do I need a degree to be awarded EYPS?

A: Evidence from the Effective Provision of Pre-School Education (EPPE)* study and emerging impact evaluations (including the EYPS longitudinal study and the Graduate Leader Fund (GLF) evaluation) show that improving the quality of the early years experience is directly related to better outcomes for children. Key factors contributing to the quality of this experience are well-qualified leaders, trained teachers working alongside and supporting less qualified staff and staff with a good understanding of child development and learning.

A Level 3 practitioner who has undertaken graduate level study cited the following as the difference graduate level thinking makes to a leadership role in particular:

·         the quality of leadership has been enhanced due to the deeper understanding and embracing of the knowledge and theories that underpin our work

·         a deeper thinking has been stimulated through the graduate level discussions

·         the ability to be a reflective practitioner and encourage this in others has increased, and

·         the ability to contribute to continuing professional development for staff at Level 3 has been enhanced.

*The Effective Provision of Pre-School Education (EPPE) Project: Findings from the Pre-School Period, Sammons, Sylva, Melhuish and Blatchford 2003.

Q: I am an experienced leader with a level 3 qualification - can I apply for EYPS?

A: Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) and its standards are set at graduate level. Only those who demonstrate these Standards will be awarded of EYPS. Furthermore, all candidates will need to hold at least Level 5 qualification before undertaking one of the training pathways for EYPS.

Details of the different pathways can be found here. Responsibility for the selection of candidates for training and assessment pathways will always lie with the training providers.

Q: I really want to gain EYPS - can I fund the training myself?

A: From January 2012, self funding candidates will be able to undertake EYPS Pathways. A self funding candidate is an individual whose EYPS Pathway is not paid for by CWDC and is funded from an alternative source (e.g. their employer, a sponsor or the candidate themselves). Only training providers approved by CWDC can deliver EYPS to self-funding candidates.

All entry requirements apply. Details of the different pathways can be found here. Responsibility for the selection of candidates for training and assessment pathways will always lie with the training providers.

Q: I was awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) when candidates were required to have a Cert. Ed. rather than a full degree and have since spent a long time working in the early years sector. Am I eligible to go forward for the award of EYPS?

A: Yes. Candidates who qualified as teachers before 1980 without degrees are considered to have met the degree requirement for Early Years Professional Status (EYPS).

Q: If EYPS is equivalent to QTS, does this mean that pay and conditions will be the same as for teachers?

A: Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) are both professional statuses - but they are not the same. Consequently employers may set the same or they may set different pay and conditions for the two groups of employees. The early years sector is largely private, voluntary and independent and it is worth noting that pay and conditions are matters for employers rather than CWDC.

Q: If I do not train will I lose my job as an early years co-ordinator in my setting?

A: CWDC and its partners do not control how staff are deployed in individual settings. The Early Years Professional (EYP) role is to lead practice across the Early Years Foundation Stage, to act as a change agent to raise the quality of provision and improve practice, and to model the skills and behaviours that promote good outcomes for children. EYPs will work collaboratively with colleagues and provide leadership, mentoring and coaching to enable all staff in the setting to contribute to raising the quality of provision and improving outcomes for children.

Q: Is EYPS training and assessment only available in England?

A: Yes, the training providers are based in England only. For the part-time practitioner pathways (the GPP and UPP) candidates are required to work in a setting in England even though they may live in a different country.

All candidates on CWDC funded pathways must have the right to work and study in the UK for at least the duration of their pathway.

Q: Is Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) equivalent to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)?

A: EYPS and QTS, are both graduate level professional statuses, but are based on a different set of skills and knowledge. It is important to note that EYPS and QTS are not interchangeable.

Q: Is a Foundation degree considered to be level 4, 5 or 6?

A: Foundation degrees are at Level 5 on the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ).

Q: Is there a pay scale for Early Years Professionals?

A: There is currently no national pay scale for Early Years Professionals (EYPs). It is up to individual employers to develop salary scales for employees. Some help may be available for salaries and training through the Early Intervention Grant (EIG) via your local authority.

Q:        I’m an experienced worker – is there any point in me doing a level 4 NVQ? Will this take me towards EYPS or should I be going for EYPS now?

A:

·         How does EYP status fit with the Early Years Sector Endorsed Foundation Degree (EYSEFD)?

·         How will someone with the Foundation degree acquire EYP status?

·         Should I do a Foundation degree, or should I go straight for a L6 qualification?

Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) is a Level 6 status, and there are pathways for candidates that have a full Level 5 and Level 6 qualification. Candidates that have completed the Early Years Sector Endorsed Foundation Degree can achieve EYPS through the Undergraduate Entry Pathway (UEP)

When deciding on career progression and direction, candidates must consider their own aims and objectives. Some paths are more appropriate for those that wish to remain in practice and develop their professional leadership skills, and others for those that wish to develop their business management skills.

Q: Once I achieve EYPS will I need to undertake continuing professional development (CPD) to maintain the status?

A: There are currently no CPD requirements, however, we would encourage all Early Years Professionals to consider their own career development and to keep up to date with developments in practice,  and the current political climate.

Q: One of the entry requirements for EYP training states that candidates must have GCSEs at grade C in English and Maths, or equivalents. What can I do if I have lost my certificates? What is meant by equivalents?

A: All candidates will have to provide evidence that they meet this entry requirement to their training provider before a palce on a pathway can be confirmed. If a candidate has lost their original certificate, they will need to obtain a copy from the original awarding body.

Alternatively, if the candidate has also completed a Level 6 qualification that had the same requirement, then written confirmation from the awarding body, in most cases the university, stating as much may be taken as sufficient evidence.

Equivalents for this requirement extend to ‘O’ Levels at grade C and CSEs at grade 1. Level 2 qualifications in numeracy and literacy are not acceptable equivalents, as whilst they are set at the same level as GCSE grade C they do not cover the same breadth of subject.

It is also acceptable for training providers to set their own equivalency test for this requirement.

The decision as to whether a qualification is equivalent to GSCE Maths or English rests solely with the training provider and their decision is final.

Q: What do early years professionals (EYPs) do?

A: Early years professionals (EYPs) are key to raising the quality of early years provision. They are change agents for improving practice within settings. They will lead practice across the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), in a range of settings modelling the skills and behaviours that promote good outcomes for children and supporting and mentoring other practitioners. Find out more on our EYPS pages.

Q: What does the EYP candidate support package include?

A: CWDC provide funding to cover course fees, bursaries, mentor costs and supply cover costs for candidates. Eligible candidates will not be expected to pay any of the course fees required to attain Early Years Professional Status (EYPS).

From January 2012, self funding candidates will be able to undertake EYPS Pathways. All entry requirements apply. Responsibility for the selection of candidates for training and assessment pathways will always lie with the training providers.

Q: What is NPQICL and does it count towards meeting the EYPS entry requirement?

A: The National Professional Qualification in Integrated Centre Leadership (NPQICL) is the first national programme to address the needs of leaders within multi-agency, early years settings. It is a nationally recognised qualification awarded by the National College on behalf of the Department for Education (DfE).

NPQICL is considered by many higher education institutions (HEIs) to be equivalent to 60 Masters level CAT points. NPQICL provider the National College recommends that HEIs admit participants to a Masters programme with one-third credit (60 points at M level) under their accreditation of prior learning (APL) arrangements, providing that they hold an NPQICL certificate.

Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) requires a full degree (or full Level 5 qualification for those on the long EPD pathway). Therefore NPQICL entry requirements and exit qualification do not guarantee that candidates have achieved a degree. This means that NPQICL does not count as meeting the EYPS graduate entry requirement.

Find out more about Early Years Professional Status on our EYPS pages.

Q: Where can I find information on the Early Years Professional Status (EYPS)?

A: Information on EYPS is published on this website. The best way of keeping up to date with developments is to visit regularly. Go to our EYPS home page or contact your local training provider.

Q: Who is eligible to do Early Years Professional (EYP) training and assessment?

A: Any candidate wishing to embark on a CWDC funded Practitioner Pathway must be working in an eligible setting. Eligible settings are:

·         A setting on the Early Years Register

·         A nursery school

·         An independent school that delivers the Early Years Foundation Stage

·         Maintained setting that delivers the Early Years Foundation Stage i.e. a nursery school or maintained school with a reception class

CWDC will provide payment to training providers for a candidate on an entry pathway (i.e. GEP or EUP), regardless of their employment providing that all other eligibility, entry and quality requirements are met.

There are no setting eligibility criteria for self funded candidates but entry and quality requirements must be met.

Responsibility for the selection of candidates for training and assessment pathways will always lie with the training providers.

Q: Why do I have to complete further training as I am already working with early years children and I am a qualified teacher?

A: All candidates wishing to achieve Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) will need to be able to meet the entry requirements for training pathways and demonstrate the 39 EYPS Standards.

You will also need to demonstrate leadership and personal practice across the EYFS age range (babies, toddlers and young children).

Q: Will the training provider accept me if I work in a maintained setting?

A: CWDC is pleased to confirm that from January 2012, funding for Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) will be available for staff working across all setting types in the early years’ workforce, including maintained settings.

Any candidate wishing to embark on a CWDC funded Practitioner Pathway must be working in an eligible setting. Eligible settings are:

·         A setting on the Early Years Register

·         A nursery school

·         An independent school that delivers the Early Years Foundation Stage

·         Maintained setting that delivers the Early Years Foundation Stage i.e. a nursery school or maintained school with a reception class

CWDC will provide payment to training providers for a candidate on an entry pathway (i.e. GEP or EUP), regardless of their employment providing that all other eligibility, entry and quality requirements are met.

There are no setting eligibility criteria for self funded candidates but entry and quality requirements must be met.

Responsibility for the selection of candidates for training and assessment pathways will always lie with the training providers.

Q: Is there a trade union for Early Years Professionals? 

A: The Association of Professionals in Education and Children's Trusts
(ASPECT) is the only professional association and trade union exclusively representing professionals working in children's services.

Page updated: 30 November 2011

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