Early Years Teacher Status is a new graduate role in Early Years settings developed by the National College of Teaching and Leadership. It aims to develop expertise in teachers of children aged between birth and five, boosting high standards, skills, experience, commitment and effective leadership in practice with children of this age group.
Leeds Trinity University offers the Graduate Practitioner Pathway to Early Years Teacher Status. If you are a graduate working with children aged between birth and five, it is likely that you will be able to access this training opportunity. There is no fee for the training programme, and your employer will be able to apply for cover costs accrued for the time you spend at University and in required personal study activities.
Benefits of Early Years Teacher Status (Postgraduate Employer Based)
- The Early Years Teacher will play a key role in raising standards in the education and care of children aged birth to five, within the ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’. - They will lead practice with this age group, supporting innovative child-led/adult-directed learning activities that optimise young children’s social/emotional/intellectual development, working in partnership with other children’s workforce professionals and parents/families. - The programme is supported by tutors who have substantial experience within early years education and care sector as practitioners, teacher trainers, researchers and writers.
With the advent of the ‘two-year-old offer’, schools in particular now urgently require graduate practice leaders with expertise in working with the very young, in particular, those from socio-economically deprived backgrounds. The role of Early Years Teacher has been created to fill this gap and achievement of the status will offer exciting career development opportunities.