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Hi the EYCPD (not sure - I mean Early Years council people) are saying they want all teachers working in nurseries preschools etc in our area to have ' a recognised early years teaching qualification'. I have a PGCE which is not called Early years it is Lower Primary ... 'specialising in 5-8 yr olds' although we did study the Found stage..... do you think this will count?

 

I have worked in a nursery for over 2 yrs now and am doing a modular course towards an MA at same teacher training college...apparently I can get a PG Cert Prof studies in Early years & Childhood this may count as Early Years Qual.... which is all good and well in terms of funding as DFES fund most.. i am finding it hard as am pregnant and have big research project to do...

 

Really, I've enjoyed the seminars etc but am concerned will not make the assignments with a new baby (due in 2 weeks!)

 

 

Does anyone have info on nationwide policy for this eg am I qualified to care for the 3-5s? (I want to return to nursery after mat leave)

 

Thank you

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Sorry I am getting so stupid since pregnant- just noticed my own post on this on the next page, please ignore this one,

sorry

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Congrats on the pregnancy and good luck with the baby.

All babies are different, some more demanding than others and many people do manage to study with a young baby, its a matter of routine and determination I would imagine although i know I would have found it difficult to be anything other than a full time mum, but there again that was my wish so perhaps I would have sorted myself differently had I been trying to do anything else?

Thats a long way of saying good luck with the studies!

 

As for your qualification query I dont really know the answer to that either, its several years since people started talking about early years specialisms and their necessity and people are beginning to ask for them more. However your experience should count for something and it may also be that if you show willingness to acquire an acceptable qualification, if yours is not, that you would be ok. Their are aslo rules and regulations about maternity leave and the capacity in which you return to work so your position may be safeguarded?

 

Hope it all works out for you.

Most importantly though, enjoy the baby!

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I echo what Susan has just said. Can the EYDCP give you more specific details of what they require?

 

Let us all know when baby arrives, so we can all go aaaaaaaaaaaaaaah :D

 

Peggy

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Hi Mharhi,

I can't imagine that your qualifications and experience aren't enough ! Maybe they mean anyone new to the profession needs to have a specific early years PGCE or BEd? Or maybe they just don't want a secondary trained teacher. "Early years" can be many different things can't it? I bought a book with "early years" in the title, fully expecting it to be about the Foundation Stage, and it covered 0-11 years! :)

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