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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 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
 Information Sharing
 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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Latest Articles

Emotion coaching: Part 2

January 16th, 2014
In Part 1 we saw how Emotion Coaching offers a relational model for supporting children’s behaviour. We compared Emotion Coaching to traditional behaviourist approaches and also to other styles of managing children’s behavior, such as a disapproving or dismissing approach. We saw how Emotion Coaching offers a powerful way to connect with young children’s emotional state and helps them to manage their own feelings and desires – to learn to self-regulate their behaviour internally rather than relying on extrinsic rewards or sanctions to modify their behaviour.

Emotion Coaching- a new approach to supporting children's behaviour: Part 1

December 3rd, 2013
This article, by Dr Janet Rose from Bath Spa University, draws attention to a growing base of research evidence which suggests that a ‘relational’ rather than a ‘behavioural’ approach to supporting young children’s learning and behaviour is likely to facilitate the development of better self-regulation and social functioning. Such an approach operates to create ‘internal’ mechanisms within the brain. An approach that encapsulates this more affective and effective way of managing behaviour is called ‘Emotion Coaching’. It reflects the evidence that the most successful programmes, in terms of improving behaviour for learning, are those that focus on the emotional and social causes of difficult to manage behaviour and proactively teach social and emotional competencies. It is also supported by recent findings from neuroscience.

The Role of the Adult in Early Years Settings: Part 2

November 10th, 2013
Part 2 continues the journey of exploring our role in supporting young children’s learning and development. It outlines the five remaining ‘selves’ of the ‘plural practitioner’ framework that encompass this role. The ‘plural practitioner’ framework is offered as a useful vehicle for enabling us to clarify our role in the day to day interactions with children that occur throughout our practice. It offers a way forward in helping us to minimize any uncertainty about whether ‘to intervene’ or ‘not to intervene’ in children’s play.

Are You Ready for Your Joint Observation? Observing Practice under the OfSTED Inspection Framework

October 16th, 2013
Joint observations have now become a must under OfSTED’s early years inspection framework. Inspectors have found that evidence gained through the joint observations with senior staff is proving to be extremely valuable and has provided them with an excellent opportunity to assess how well leaders and managers monitor staff performance. So how do you go about preparing for the joint observation, and how do you reassure your staff?

Understanding and Developing Reflective Practice

September 16th, 2013
This article will focus on the need for early years practitioners to develop their knowledge of reflective thinking. It will focus on some of the history and theory of reflective practice considering and discussing how theory can help develop practitioners knowledge of how and when to use reflective thinking in day to day situations. It will then go onto to discuss how reflective practice relates to the plethora of policy and guidance documents used within early years practice. The final section will draw on specific examples to illustrate how reflective practice has helped make early years practice more inclusive.

The Role of the Adult in Early Years Settings: Part 1

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.

A Guide for EYPS Work-based Mentors

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.

Thinking Approaches for the Reflective Professional

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.

Being an EYP Change Agent

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!

Being the ‘First Port of Call for all questions’

August 3rd, 2012
How do you keep up to date with changes in the sector? Kathy Brodie summarises the main information hubs for you.

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