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KEY Partnership: Early Years Teacher Status (EYT)

Delivering Early Years Teacher Status in London and the South East

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Early Years Teacher Programme (EYT)

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Kingston University has been leading a consortium titled the KEY Partnership, comprising of four exceptional partner universities, to deliver Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) to local and national networks since 1st October 2011. For September 2013 they will deliver the Early Years Teacher programme (EYT).

All members are leading providers of Early Years courses staffed by experts in their field, undertaking cutting edge research in Early Years and across the full Birth -19 age range including families and carers.

The KEY Partnership will work collaboratively to ensure candidates applying to any one of the partner institutions will receive high quality tuition and support across all EYT pathways.

What is the Early Years Teacher Programme(EYT)?

The Early Years Teacher Programme is a professional accreditation endorsed by the Government for graduate practitioners who can demonstrate a set of Teachers Standards (Early Years) and which recognises their expertise as practitioners and professional leaders. Through assessment, practitioners will demonstrate their knowledge and experience across the full 0-5 age range.

Andreas Schleicher is Deputy Director for Education and Special Adviser on Education Policy at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). He said that the OECD’s work on early education had underlined the importance of having staff with proper educational qualifications. He added that “staff qualifications are the best predictor of the quality of early childhood education and care.” The OECD promotes policies that aim to improve economic and social well-being.

Research 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, this is particularly relevant for children in areas of deprivation.

With this in mind the Government has charged EYT providers to prioritise applicants from settings in these areas, or those serving an area of deprivation, for funded places. Working with Government data and with Local Authority Children's Workforce colleagues, the Key Partnership will review all applications with this in mind.

Partner institutions

Applications can be made directly to any member of the KEY Partnership. Applications are particularly welcome from men and other groups currently under-represented in the children's workforce.

Funded and self-funded places


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