Welcome to the EYPS Forum!
The EYPS forum was launched in April 2008 to support EYPs and EYPS candidates. If your local authority subscribes to the EYPSf subscription scheme, you have full access to the website's facilities. To access the list of participating LAs, click here. If your LA isn't a member of the EYPSf you can now join by registering and subscribing as an individual (annual subscription is £42 including VAT).
The University of Worcester has been successfully delivering Early Years Professional Status programmes through a government contract since the inception of the status. The University of Worcester holds one of only eight prestigious National contracts to deliver Early Years Teacher Initial Teacher training in September 2013. Early Years Teachers will create, inspire and lead the best practice with young children.
The University is the lead provider of the Early Years Teacher Training Programme for early years practitioners across the West Midlands and South West regions working in partnership with University of Gloucestershire; University College Plymouth St Mark & St John; Newman University College; and the Somerset Centre for Integrated Learning (SCIL).
Other providers for the Early Years Teacher Status programme are Anglia Ruskin University, Best Practice Network, Eastern Leadership Centre, Kingston University, Manchester Metropolitan University, University of Chichester, and the University of Northampton.
EARLY YEARS TEACHER STANDARDS available here
Early Years Educator qualifications criteria (level 3) available here
News from the EYFS world
Take a look at the forum area 'News from the EYFS world' to see news of:
Consultation on the Early Years in the Code of Practice
DfE doubles early years apprenticeship bursary
New Early years online self-evaluation form (SEF)
Early years foundation stage profile results: 2012 to 2013
2014 EYFSP handbook now available
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July 13th, 2013
This article explores the many different ways in which adults interact with young children in early years settings. Research demonstrates that the heart of quality practice lies within the interactions that take place between adults and young children and reveals how, in a typical day, early years practitioners might have over 1000 ‘interpersonal interactions’ with children. The process of this interactive engagement between adults and children is explored through a framework known as the ‘plural practitioner’. It clarifies what the adult role entails and outlines practical strategies that practitioners can employ in order to ensure their provision is effective for supporting young children’s learning and development. Before exploring this process, we will consider a key debate amongst early years provision, namely the role of the adult in adult-led and child-initiated activities.
April 25th, 2013
Ruksana Mohammed outlines an effective framework of support to EYPS candidates through the work-based mentor. Her suggestions, however, would be of great use to anyone supporting students on a variety of courses, for example Foundation Degrees, and the upcoming Early Years Teacher courses starting September 2013. Ruksana is the EYPS Programme Leader and a Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies at the University of East London.
March 8th, 2013
Our aim as professionals is to achieve better outcomes for children, families and the community. We want to provide effective learning experiences for the children in our care, and strive for continuous quality improvement, but also want to ensure personal and professional development. With this shared understanding and vision of the early years, reflection, through adopting certain thinking approaches, is the tool that supports us to achieve this. Ruksana Mohammed, Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies at the University of East London identifies some effective processes we can adopt to develop our skills of reflection.
January 21st, 2013
Ruksana Mohammed, EYPS Programme Leader at the University of East London, takes us through the demands of being an agent for change. ‘Agents for change’ or 'change agent' are normally the expressions associated with the role of EYPs. They are hands-on with children, and in positions where they can model good practice for others in the team in order to raise standards. EYPs are entrusted to identify what change is valuable, worthwhile and in need of improving, and to then lead the team on to better practice. The best way to describe a change agent is thinking about the EYP with a torch showing others the light in the dark!
August 3rd, 2012
How do you keep up to date with changes in the sector? Kathy Brodie summarises the main information hubs for you.
July 18th, 2012
Louise Day, our EYP of the Year 2012, tells us about an exciting project she has been leading at Wally's Day Nursery & Pre-School in Trowbridge. Louise was awarded EYPS in Jan 2011 which she undertook with Best Practice Network following a BA (Hons) degree at Winchester University in Education Studies, specialising in Early Childhood.She also completed Level 3 in Childcare and Education in eight months during her gap year.
July 6th, 2012
Claire won second prize in our EYP of the Year competition, with her Baby Moves programme: a 6-week rolling programme of physical movement workshops for babies from birth to walking. The session runs once a week and each session includes an attachment and bonding, social and emotional, visual, movement and relaxation activity. Parents and carers are guided through each activity by an Early Years Worker (EYW) and given information about its benefits. Here, Claire tells us how she created the programme and the impact it has had on her babies and parents at Mossley Children's Centre, Tameside.
July 4th, 2012
Victoria won third prize in our EYP of the Year 21012 competition. Here is her entry: her enthusiasm for quality early years provision is tangible!
July 3rd, 2012
When I say to most EYPs that it’s a really good idea to do yet another piece of paperwork, they usually look at me as if I was mad. However, I firmly believe that this is one piece of paperwork that will change the whole of your practice. I've known about the idea of reflective journals for some time, but it wasn’t until I did my Masters that the real benefits became obvious.
June 26th, 2012
Helen Edwards attended the recent govnet event, featuring Sarah Teather, Liz Bayram, Ann Gross, Sue Robb, Liz Elsom, Cathy Nutbrown, and Dame Clare Tickell. Here is a summary of the main issues discussed.
Government urged to reject teaching qualifications for early years professionalsBy
In EYPS News and Events
01 November 2012 - 09:19 PM by lucyanne
Longitudinal Study of Early Years Professional Status
In EYPS News and Events
11 October 2012 - 07:24 PM by Diana
Research into proposed national changes to graduate leaders in the early years workforce
In EYPS News and Events
20 July 2012 - 09:06 AM by Diana
Government invites parents to run children's centres
In EYPS News and Events
29 May 2012 - 06:29 PM by JulieKent66