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Has anybody had a member of staff undertake the Employment based Early Years Teacher training?

I have someone who wants to do it and has probably got a place this September but I can't really find any information about how the funding available to us works?

While I support her, I'm quite concerned about how, in a small setting with a small team, we manage her being in uni and away on placement. She will have to be away for a 0 -2 years placement for about half a term, and on another Year 1 for two weeks, along with other days at uni. Any words of advice or support from someone who's been through it would be appreciated.


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I have done this myself and just had a member of staff finish, I am not sure if all Uni's are the same but we were in Uni for 1 day a week - I was fortunate that we both work part time so the day in Uni was just scheduled into the rota but we did get paid. My latest member of staff managed her placements on her days off - she did not have to do it in full weekly blocks as long as the number of hours were completed - however other staff were available to cover when needed. Her 0-2 placement was only 2 weeks. We received £7000 to cover staffing costs and also used it to improve the setting as part one of her projects. It is a lot of work - I was a mentor as I already had the qualification but Uni will provide one if you have nobody suitable (this was at a cost but it could come out of the £7000) - I was paid for my time in addition to my normal hours. I also had to attend a couple of training sessions at the Uni. Please shout if you have any other questions but I would say it is well worth it.

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Thanks Hopeytg and I'll message again with more questions I'm sure. She would be doing it with Huddersfield Uni. It's trying to plan for the 6 week placement which is a nightmare. It's a long time for a member of staff to be away from the setting.

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