Early Years Professional Status (EYPS)
FUNDING QUESTIONS QUALIFICATIONS QUESTIONS
What is the cost of EYPS? What are the qualification requirements for EYPS?
All EYPS training pathways are fully funded by A full degree (300 – 360 credits with a minimum of 60 at
the Children’s Workforce Development Council level 6) is required for the Validation, Short EP and Full
(CWDC). That means there are no fees to pay. pathway.
Settings releasing staff for EYPS training may
also receive support towards the costs of supply A Foundation Degree (240 credits with a minimum of
cover. (See below) 120 at level 5) or equivalent is required for entry to the
Long EP pathway
Candidates on the EYPS Full Training Pathway
are eligible for a bursary of £5000 from the Prior to embarking on the validation process, candidates
CWDC. must also hold:
GCSE mathematics and English grades A-C or
Support for those starting on Foundation equivalent
Degrees as the first step towards EYPS may be Spoken and written Standard English
available from the Graduate Leader Fund Sufficient recent and relevant experience across the
(Please contact your Local Authority for further 0-5 age range (gained in the last three years)
Have CRB clearance
Who is eligible for which parts of the EYPS
funding? Be physically and mentally fit to work with children.
Only the following groups of people are eligible What if I don’t have GCSE in mathematics?
for all parts of EYPS funding:
Candidates from Private, Voluntary and You’re not alone. A lot of people were put off Maths at
Independent full daycare and children’s school. You may want to start by doing Numeracy level 2
centres through Learn Direct (for free) which will take you part
Candidates from sessional care or way there. Your EYPS training provider can discuss the
childminders options with you on registration
Candidates from maintained full daycare
settings such as social services family What if I can’t find my certificates?
Candidates involved in training the early It is absolutely essential to provide evidence of your
years workforce in PVI settings and qualifications to satisfy the eligibility criteria for EYPS. If
Children's Centres, are eligible for fees you can’t find your certificates, you will need to get a
only – they are not eligible for mentor costs replacement form the relevant University or awarding
or supply cover body. This takes about six weeks and costs about £40
per certificate. If your GCSE awarding body no longer
Can candidates fund themselves or be exists, then one of the current big three (Edexcel, OCR
funded by their employer/LA? or AQA) will have taken responsibility for its records. Go
to http://www.qca.org.uk for further details
No, this is not possible.
CWDC will also accept written evidence from a
University that candidates previously met the GSCE
entry requirements when starting on another course for
which they were essential.
What if I did my teacher training before it became a
Can my setting get any help to pay for supply degree?
cover for the days I am attending EYPS
training? Candidates with QTS and a Certificate of Education
awarded before 1980 are deemed to have met the
Yes, the amount varies with the duration of the degree requirement and are therefore eligible for EYPS.
Validation Pathway(3 months) up to £500; I have an NVQ level 3 and I want to become an EYP,
Short Pathway (6 months) up to £1,000; what should I do?
Long Pathway (12 months) up to £4000
Your first step should be the sector endorsed Foundation
This money is distributed by the University as the Degree in Early Years. This normally takes two years by
training provider once the pathway has begun. day release. Then you will be eligible for the Long
Pathway to gain EYPS in just one more year.
What support does the Young in Herts offer
practitioners who want to achieve EYPS ?
The Graduate Leader Fund has been
introduced to support practitioners and their
setting. Funding is available for the setting to
enhance the salary of the practitioner who is
working towards EYPS and additional funding is
given to support continuous professional
development of the whole staff team. Please visit
www.hertsdirect.org/younginherts to find out
Can volunteers do EYPS? I have QTS status, will I need to gain EYPS?
As yet there is no requirement for Nursery and
Employment does not necessarily have to mean Reception Class Teachers in the maintained sector to
‘paid employment’ provided that it involves gain EYPS – in fact they are currently not eligible for
substantial, regular work with some responsibility EYPS training. However, teachers in Children’s Centres
for the practice of others. In most cases may be advised to do so.
volunteers would be advised to do the full
pathway. This means that they can access the Several of the staff at our setting want to become
£5000 bursary. EYPs, is there a limit per setting?
The University does not restrict the number of
How many days will I need to be out of work? applications from a single setting and CWDC funding is
currently available to all who meet the eligibility
As a general guide you will need to attend the requirements for EYPS.
training venue (and hence be released from your
setting role) for the following amount of time; WHAT DOES EYPS MEAN FOR ME?
Validation Pathway – 5.5 days over a Why isn’t EYPS called a qualification?
three month period plus one day in your
setting for the assessment visit. EYPS is a status that demonstrates that you have met all
Short Pathway – One day per week over 39 national standards and recognises your expertise as
3 months followed by 5.5 days for an EYFS curriculum leader. It is awarded by the CWDC
validation. In addition during the course and moderated on a national basis rather than an
you may be required to undertake a brief individual University or Awarding Body.
placement in a setting other than your
own in order to get experience of the full I am the owner/manager of a day nursery and hold a
age range. non-childcare degree. I supervise others but I don’t
Long Pathway – One day per week for work directly with children. Should I consider doing
the academic year (September to June) EYPS?
plus validation and optional placement as
for short pathway. The EYPS standards require degree level underpinning
Full Training Pathway – Full time study knowledge and understanding of children’s development
comprising of 18 weeks of training and 18 and learning and that you demonstrate your own
weeks in a full time placement over a 12 effective practice in working with children as well as
month period including validation. leading and supporting others. If this is not possible in
your current role, then all the standards may not be
achieved. However, someone within the nursery will
How do I know which pathway is right for need to gain EYPS in order to lead the EYFS curriculum
me? before 2015.
Complete the self-evaluation checklist provided I hold a level 3 and it will take me at least 3 years to
by the EYPS training provider. This will give you complete EYPS training. What opportunities will
an indication which pathway would be there be in three years time? Will the government
appropriate for you. have changed their mind by then?
Please speak to the EYPS provider for advice on The government have made a commitment to go on
completing the checklist. funding EYPS training and to provide support for salaries
through the Graduate Leader Fund through to 2015. The
message is very much that EYPS is here to stay.
Who and where are the training Providers for EYPS ?
There are 3 training providers who work in and around
University of Northampton
Contact : Hayley Hunter
Telephone : 01604 892076
Email : email@example.com
Website : www.northampton.ac.uk/eyps
Tribal Group (Education & Technology) in
partnership with Hertford Regional College
Contact: Gill Forrest
Contact: Linda Mason
EYPS Course Administrator