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About this course

Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) is not a qualification, it is a status awarded by the Children's Workforce Development Council (CWDC), that recognises expertise as a practitioner and a professional leader. The status is awarded to people who can demonstrate that they meet a set of national graduate-level EYP Standards when working with children from birth to five. 

CWDC have announced the continuation of Early Years Professional Status with Government funding to 2014. The University of Huddersfield is working in collaboration with members of The National College of Schools and Children’s Services’ Leadership and Training Framework to establish a partnership whereby pathways to EYPS can resume from January 2012. 

We are proud of our high quality provision which has consistently been endorsed through regular external quality assurance reviews. The University continues to accept expressions of interest from potential EYPS students. All expressions of interest will be held on a reserve list in date order and those on the reserve list will be contacted when we receive further information from CWDC and our potential partners on the Leadership and Training Framework. 

What is Early Years Professional Status? 
Early Years professionals are central to raising the quality of early years provision. The Children’s Workforce Development Council (CWDC) is responsible for supporting the delivery of workforce reform in the early years sector. One of their key priorities is the development of Early Years Professional Status. The government aims to have Early Years Professionals (EYPs) in all Children’s Centres offering early years provision and in every full day care setting. 

To become an EYP, you need to gain Early Years Professional Status. This is not just a qualification - it’s an essential status that will recognise your expertise as a practitioner and a professional leader. If you would like to know more about EYPS opportunities and careers in the early years sector, you can find out more by visiting the website of the Children's Workforce Development Council, www.cdcouncil.org.uk or by calling 0845 045 0048. 

This pathway involves the study of child development and professional practice to develop your knowledge and understanding across the age groups birth to five. Links between theory and practice are supported by undertaking placements in appropriate settings. You only need limited relevant experience with children from birth to five for this course. 

You are trained to work in a range of early years settings and we equip you to: 
* Be an advocate for children 
* Support and mentor other practitioners 
* Act as a change agent in settings to improve practice in play, care and learning (birth to five) 
* Lead practice across the Early Years Foundation Stage 
* Model skills and behaviours that safeguard and promote good outcomes for children 
* Be competent in the range of skills, knowledge and practice standards required for EYPS 
* Understand and deliver the activities and responsibilities expected of an EYP 
* Demonstrate how standards can be met in settings 
* Communicate and work in partnership with families, carers and other professionals.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements
* An Honours degree or equivalent in any subject. 
* GCSE Grade C or above in Mathematics and English, or a recognised equivalent. 
* Satisfactory medical and criminal clearance records checks for suitability to work with children. We arrange these during the application process. There is a charge of, currently, £44 for the Criminal records bureau check. You don’t need to do anything about these before you apply. We will let you know what you need to do during the application and interview process. 
* The ability to communicate in standard spoken and written English. 
We hold interviews for this course.