This term, 29 members of staff will embark on their new careers as fully qualified early years practitioners (EYP
) in the city after completing a one-year training course.
According to the EYPS
website, the school is based on a "sustainable and organic crowdsourcing model" that utilises a mix of practical and theoretical learning.
As a conduit, EYPS
is designed to be a transformational entity.
QTS is typically held by school teachers, while EYTS and EYPS
are broadly equivalent and focus specifically on early years education.
Based in Newcastle, EYPS
owners and directors Kirsty and Steve Lawrenson founded the company in 2004.
This is excellent news for the nursery as EYPS
is the highest level of qualification for working with pre-school children.
means that I have recognition for my skill and the work I do.
is a graduate level Status, which has been introduced to improve the learning and development opportunities for children from birth to five.
was extremely valuable in teaching me new ways to support the development of young children - particularly babies, and learning different activities to help the development of their senses.
She explained: "When I heard about EYPS
, I realised the career opportunities available to work with children were far reaching, and I wanted to be part of offering children under five the best start.
Those with EYPS
status can work in nurseries, children's centres and in other locations which form part of early years education including home-based childcare.
work as leaders and support others working with them.