University heads prestigious partnership providing EYPS training

Pia Parry, Head of Childhood and Youth Studies at the university, said “We’re absolutely delighted that the University of Chichester has been successful in applying for the provision. EYPS training has the potential to make a real difference to the support for young children and their families; it will also help many disadvantaged children by training people to better understand and cater for their needs. We hope to encourage people to consider a career change to working in an early years setting, as well as broadening the demographic of early years workers.”

Julia Macfarlane, Senior Business Development Manager at the University, said: “As well as being a huge contract for the university, it is also a big boost to the economy in the South East. It will bring in over £6m over the next three years, and enhance the employment prospects of many people across the region.”

The partnership of six educational institutions allows training to be provided at a variety of locations across London and the South East. Between all the institutions, there will be around one-thousand fully subsidised places, which include bursaries for some and supply cover at the early years’ place of work. Partnering the University of Chichester are the universities of Winchester, Brighton, Portsmouth and Canterbury Christchurch, as well as Tribal Education Ltd.

Training will be available across four pathways, from 6-month part-time courses to 24-month full-time courses, all of which are open to people who already work with young children, or simply people looking to develop their careers. The recruitment process will begin in November, with the first cohort of students beginning their training in January 2012.

More details can be found at:

 For more information, contact Eve Mikuska, Programme Co-ordinator,  at or by phoning her on 01243 816287, or Denise Williams, EYPS Programme Administrator, at or on 01243 816290.

Information about the University of Chichester:

  • The University of Chichester has been providing higher education since 1839 and has two campuses, in Chichester and Bognor Regis. We currently have more than 5,000 students and nearly 1,000 members of staff. Research shows that the University of Chichester and Chichester College contribute over £92.3 million to the local economy.
  • Consistently ranking highly in industry surveys, Chichester was rated the best modern university in the UK for student experience (The Complete University Guide 2010) and has the highest level of student satisfaction of any modern university (National Student Survey 2009).
  • More than 91% of our students are in a job or further study six months after graduating (HESA 2010).
  • Almost 75% of the University’s research submitted in the RAE 2008 was rated world-leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised.