EYPSEarly Years Professional Status (UK)
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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.
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.
"Having EYPS means that I have recognition for my skill and the work I do.
EYPS is a graduate level Status, which has been introduced to improve the learning and development opportunities for children from birth to five.
"EYPS 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.