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06 JAN 12

Applications to the January 2012 Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) programme will remain open until January 17.

Training providers across England have extended their recruitment window to provide candidates who currently work in the early year's sector and potential new entrants with an opportunity to apply for one of the last remaining training places for January 2012.

The programme continues to be free to all candidates who apply and meet the entry requirements for a place funded by the Children's Workforce Development Council (CWDC).

Judith Thompson, Assistant Director for Early Years at CWDC, said "Research evidence continues to show how EYPs are making a huge difference to the lives of the children and babies they work with.

"The EYPS programme is a great opportunity for all those considering their next career steps for 2012 to sign up to a well respected and exciting training programme which will help improve their knowledge and skills and the support they give to children."

EYPS is a graduate-level programme, led by CWDC. It is the only government endorsed professional accreditation for the early year's sector providing graduate learners with a professional accreditation in leading practice.  

Potential applicants can choose from a range of study pathways depending on their past experience and qualifications. In some instances the programme offers a degree qualification for those needing a top up from foundation degree or other level 3 qualification.

To date, more than 8,500 early years practitioners have already achieved Early Years Professional Status (EYPS), and evidence shows that they continue to make a positive impact on services and provision for our very youngest children.

CWDC is funding 1,700 additional free training places across all regions in England for candidates interested in starting their training in January.  

Sharon Colilles, a recently qualified Early Years Professional from Wakefield explains:

"EYPS has really supported me to be a reflective practitioner especially when working with young children. It's helped me to listen to the needs of young children and also their families and to understand that children are experts in their own right.

"EYPS raises the bar and that's what my setting has used it for."

To apply for a place on the next EYPS intake, contact your local training provider before the recruitment deadline.   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.

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