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  1. In view of the on-going pay and status issues suffered by EYPs, I have been looking out for the release of the Training Places to be made available from September 2014 on the Salaried Schools Direct Scheme. It was very disappointing to discover that there will be NO Salaried Early Years Schools Direct training options in the UK available commencing September 2014 ! I have also heard from an EYP who successfully was offered an interview in a primary school for a Foundation Stage Teacher position but was then advised that she could not have the interview because she does not have QTS! How can that be fair? Sooo frustrating! Now make sure that EYPs/EYTs get the status and pay they have earned by signing the petition: http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/department-for-education-please-address-the-inequality-between-early-years-teachers-eyps-or-eyts-and-teachers-with-qts
  2. Conversion to EYTS

    In view of the Government's plan to 'increase the status of the profession so that many more graduates consider a career in early years teaching' and the 'positive impact on the quality of early education and care for pre-school children' that EYPs have already demonstrated, - how can they: 1) refuse to pay us a wage commensurate with QTS? 2) not understand that graduates expect a graduate standard of pay?
  3. Conversion to EYTS

    'Early Years Professional Status is considered equivalent to Early Years Teacher Status.' According to the Oxford English Dictionary the word equal means as follows: adjective- • (of people) having the same status, rights, or opportunities Which part of the 'different' and 'not the same' clarifications actually establishes that EYPs are equal to EYTs? Also, I understood that EYPs were supposed to be equal to QTS in terms of Early Years expertise but it seems that we will never have the same status. rights or opportunities. Now it seems we will also be usurped by EYTs.
  4. Conversion to EYTS

    So to clarify: The DfE says that Early Years Professional Status is EQUIVALENT to but NOT THE SAME as Early Years Teacher Status. Best Practice Network also says that the Early Years Professional Status is EQUIVALENT to but NOT THE SAME as Early Years Teacher Status and are pleased to provide a written statement of confirmation of EQUIVALENCE. Yet in the next paragraph BPN seems to go to extraordinary lengths to explain how incredibly DIFFERENT the two qualifications are because they are NOT covering THE SAME set of standards for working with young children. As, it is obvious to me and many others that the two sets of standards are but NOT THE SAME, surely it will be necessary to provide additional training to top-up the now out-of-date and, apparently therefore, less desirable set of skills provided by Early Years Professionals in order that EQUIVALENT and SAME levels of Early Years provision can be ensured. Most Early Years Professionals would have no problem with additional (FREE) training to keep their skills up to date. Indeed, this is a key part of their remit - to ensure continuous review and analysis of existing skills and systems so that provision can be continually developed and adjusted to suit changing criteria. We were promised that if we worked hard, over a prolonged period, enduring an extremely rigorous assessment process, to achieve the particular skill set to provide the specific leadership skills for Early Years provision, as dictated by the DfE, then we would be suitably rewarded with the salary commensurate of a graduate led workforce. Regrettably, I believe that Early Years Professionals are in serious danger of being side-lined. We should not have to provide a letter from our trainer that explains that we can be called an Early Years Teacher if we want. - I am afraid that although this statement confirming equivalence is probably well-intentioned, it reminds me of the letter from your mum that explains you are too sick to go out at playtime but you are not too sick to be at school. Just not convincing enough! I would like to ask if any of us would be prepared to stand by and allow a child to experience this sort of treatment. We have been trained as Early Years Professionals to be assertive and fight for the needs and rights of each, unique child. This we do as a commitment to those children and families we serve. I BELIEVE THAT WE SHOULD BEGIN TO FIGHT FOR THE NEEDS AND RIGHTS OF EACH EARLY YEARS PROFESSIONAL. Please sign the petition: http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/department-for-education-please-address-the-inequality-between-early-years-teachers-eyps-or-eyts-and-teachers-with-qts
  5. Conversion to EYTS

    I have just received the following email from Best Practice Network (my EYPS training providers): *********** Good day to you. Thank you for your request for a personalised confirmation that Early Years Professional Status is considered equivalent to Early Years Teacher Status. The statements have been despatched over the past couple of days so you should receive yours soon, if you haven’t already done so. As you will know from our July newsletter (extract below) we did not offer to provide a replacement certificate but rather a confirmation of equivalence. The language is very important so please be careful to use the phrase ‘confirmation of equivalence’ in any discussions you might have. We have already received a lot of questions about this so are sending this email to make sure everything is as clear as possible. The statement confirming equivalence that you receive from us does not mean that this is a conversion or replacement certificate. This was not what we offered. It would not be possible because EYPS and Early Years Teacher Status are two distinct awards with different standards. Similarly, Qualified Teacher Status is another award with its own set of professional standards. Those with Early Years Professional Status can refer to themselves as Early Years Teachers but have achieved EYPS, not Early Years Teacher Status. You cannot, therefore, have a certificate to say you have been awarded Early Y ears Teacher Status – the confirmation of equivalence that you have been sent makes this clear and should be useful to you in explaining this to others, including employers. This may seem confusing but we hope that this email helps in clarifying things. The newsletter text is below. Please do keep in touch and share your good news stories. Best wishes, The Early Years Team at Best Practice Network *************
  6. Conversion to EYTS

    http://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/article/1212915/eyps-denied-early-years-teacher-certificate?DCMP=EMC-CONNurseryWorldUpdate&bulletin=nursery-world-update-bulletin#! I have been looking at the article released today by Nursery World concerning the above equivalency question. I agree with Nikki Fairchild's statement that EYPs should focus on their particular strengths however, I am mindful that employers are very conscious of the need for value for money from their employees and will prefer that candidates are fully-trained to current standards (including developing knowledge of Key Stage 1 and the new set of standards). Do you agree that the DfE should make free, top-up training available to ensure that existing EYPs cannot become side-lined in this respect?
  7. :D EYPS passed!

    http://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/article/1212915/eyps-denied-early-years-teacher-certificate?DCMP=EMC-CONNurseryWorldUpdate&bulletin=nursery-world-update-bulletin#! I have been looking at the article released today by Nursery World concerning the above equivalency question. I agree with Nikki Fairchild's statement that EYPs should focus on their particular strengths however, I am mindful that employers are very conscious of the need for value for money from their employees and will prefer that candidates are fully-trained to current standards (including developing knowledge of Key Stage 1 and the new set of standards). Do you agree that the DfE should make free, top-up training available to ensure that existing EYPs cannot become side-lined in this respect?
  8. DfE must act immediately to prevent Early Years Professionals being side-lined by Early Years Teachers http://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/article/1212915/eyps-denied-early-years-teacher-certificate?DCMP=EMC-CONNurseryWorldUpdate&bulletin=nursery-world-update-bulletin#! I have been looking at the article released today by Nursery World concerning the above equivalency question. I agree with Nikki Fairchild's statement that EYPs should focus on their particular strengths however, I am mindful that employers are very conscious of the need for value for money from their employees and will prefer that candidates are fully-trained to current standards (including developing knowledge of Key Stage 1 and the new set of standards). Do you agree that the DfE should make free, top-up training available to ensure that existing EYPs cannot become side-lined in this respect? REMINDER: This is the petition link for anyone who has become concerned about the lack of professional status, pay and working conditions of Early Years Professionals. http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/department-for-education-please-address-the-inequality-between-early-years-teachers-eyps-or-eyts-and-teachers-with-qts Please pass on this link to anyone who may be interested.
  9. The petition address has been amended following a small change to the title. It is now available at: http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/department-for-education-please-address-the-inequality-between-early-years-teachers-eyps-or-eyts-and-teachers-with-qts The petition now has over 1000 signatures but needs further support to be addressed by the people in power! The Blog contains more detail about the campaign and can be viewed at:http://eyptrials.blogspot.co.uk/ Please feel free to share these links with your workmates, parents, study buddies, tutors and anyone you think may consider supporting this important issue.
  10. Conversion to EYTS

    I absolutely agree that it seems unfair that some providers are not being as supportive. Best Practice must obviously think that EYPs will be at some kind of disadvantage to feel that they need to provide this document to confirm equivalence!
  11. Conversion to EYTS

    I have received a request to publicise this message from Best Practice Network: In July we offered to provide a personalised confirmation of equivalence between Early Years Professional Status and Early Years Teacher Status that can be used in conjunction with EYPS certificates. The reason that we have offered this is to support EYPs in their conversations with employers about the equivalency of two distinctive awards. There has been some confusion about what this means – to clarify, a statement of confirmation of equivalence does not mean this is a conversion or replacement certificate. Maureen Lee Director
  12. Conversion to EYTS

    I have checked the Best Practice newsletter and it provides clarification that they are prepared to offer a "personalised confirmation from Best Practice Network that EYPS is equivalent to Early Years Teacher Status". I suppose that this means it is not really a conversion certificate as such! However in a later email a member of Best Practice staff does in fact refer to the document as a "Early years Teacher Status equivalency certificate"! It seems that no-one really knows!
  13. This seems like it may be a good opportunity to voice our concerns about the way that the Early Years Sector is being mismanaged!
  14. Sabrina Moss fundraiser

    This is such a fabulous cause. I pray that her family & friends get some comfort from the sector-endorsed fund-raising. I have re-posted to other social networks.
  15. Sheridan, M. D. (1997) From Birth To Five Years, Children's Developmental Progress, London: Routledge Quite difficult to get now but you might get a second hand bargain on Ebay or similar. Good luck.
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