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I did my EYPS; but what does it mean?

(31 Posts)
KatyMac Thu 23-May-13 21:12:44

Is it QTS?

Am I an EY Teacher?

Do I have to do more training? I don't understand what's going on with it all

HSMMaCM Thu 23-May-13 21:18:46

From September I think we're EYTs. I think technically we can teach in a reception class (but no one would hire us, because it's not QTS).

I think ........

KatyMac Thu 23-May-13 21:25:30

The Gov seems to keep changing it's mind sad

OddBoots Thu 23-May-13 21:32:58

I think, in general terms, the government have really messed this one up, equal to EY teacher but not an EY teacher is a nonsense.

For you personally, what was your aim when you started the EYP course?

KatyMac Thu 23-May-13 21:34:32

Well in 2008 (I think) the Gov said by 2013/2015 all setting needed to have a degree qualified member of staff

I finished my degree by Jan 12 so I did the EYPS because I thought I might learn something

OddBoots Thu 23-May-13 21:43:53

I'm still hopeful that they'll change it to QTS (EYPS) or something, possibly with a brief conversion course. Not that it'll make much difference to those in non-school settings, the LEAs just don't have funds for a professional wage.

KatyMac Thu 23-May-13 21:56:13

That would be lovely (apart from the conversion course bit)

I wish I had learnt something tbh

grabaspoon Thu 23-May-13 22:14:01

I think the EYP is now defunct and is NOT equivelant to the EYT - I am on the foundation degree and in order to become an EYT you need to do maths/english test then a 1 year degree in EYT.

KatyMac Thu 23-May-13 22:17:22

But if that is true how is it fair

When I started it was to make me a 'proper teacher'

OddBoots Thu 23-May-13 22:20:47

Graduate leaders in Early Years: Early Years Professional Status

"Those who hold EYPS will continue to be valued as graduate leaders and those who have gained EYPS will be recognised as the equivalent of Early Years teachers."

KatyMac Thu 23-May-13 22:23:02

Is that equivalent but not quite as good as?

OddBoots Thu 23-May-13 22:27:39

Your guess is as good as mine when it comes to this government, they could actually mean equivalent or it could be a meaningless platitude.

MrsPotato Thu 23-May-13 22:45:41


I feel so negative about doing my EYPS now. I worked so hard to get it and now something new and seemingly equally as useless is replacing it.

Will there ever be place in Early Years for qualified, skilled, experienced graduates who are paid accordingly?

The only solution seems to be to gain QTS but I don't want to work with 3-8 year olds and I don't want to work in a school. And I want to be paid more than minimum wage!

HSMMaCM Fri 24-May-13 09:12:26

So none of us know them! If I had known about the change I would have waited a year and done EYT instead of EYP. I don't want to spend another year doing a pgce and taking unpaid time off work, to work in a school, to gain QTS. I want my EYP to be converted to EYT.

MeiMeiMeiMei Fri 24-May-13 21:28:17

EYPs will be called Early Years Teachers from September but, as said upthread, will not have QTS. The EYTs who will have QTS are those starting training this September to teach 3-8 year olds.

Bear in mind that schools that become academies can hire unqualified staff (i.e. without QTS) to teach Reception if they want to.

KatyMac Sat 25-May-13 12:38:09

The problem is it's so difficult to change people perceptions

MeiMeiMeiMei Sun 26-May-13 08:27:22

Indeed. When the More Great Childcare proposals were released, MNetters were falling over themselves to say they weren't bothered about having properly trained staff to look after their babies/toddlers; they just wanted girls who could feed, change nappies and give them cuddles.

Cloverer Sun 26-May-13 19:07:57

EYPs are considered equivalent to Early Years Teachers but they are not the same - EYPs are not automatically becoming EYTs as the entry requirements are slightly different.

Early Years Teachers (birth to 5) are also not equivalent to Early Years Primary Teachers (3-7) and do not have QTS.

NomDeClavier Sun 26-May-13 19:23:24

Well I'd rather have enough unqualified people to do everything than too few qualified people, but that has nothing to do with the EYT debate.

It's shocking how the Govt just plans to call people teachers, ad insist on essentially the same level of postgrad training, but won't give QTS. Valuing the EY workforce my arse.

KatyMac Sun 26-May-13 20:06:54

Well as an EYP I work with 1:3 or maybe 1:4 occasionally & I can't agree enough staff is the most important/vital need

But untrained/unqualified to just cuddle, feed & change - I'm also not keen.

OddBoots Wed 29-May-13 12:56:34

By this tweet specifying teachers (and re-tweeted by the DofE) I'm not entirely sure the government knows exactly what is what with EY qualifications.

Now @trussliz & I are introducing new Apprenticeships for early years teachers too

OddBoots Wed 29-May-13 12:58:06

Sorry, for clarification I mean they say it is for teachers but the link is only to train from GCSE qualified to level 3 early years educators.

insancerre Thu 30-May-13 07:53:22

I think the idea is to rebrand the most highly qualified in the early years sector as early years teachers
and the rest as early years educators

IdealHomeHouseBeautifulLivinge Thu 30-May-13 10:41:24

you will need a degree to be an EYT but only those trained to teach 3-8 year olds will get QTS. So if you have a degree but are trained to teach 0-3 you will be called a teacher but not have QTS.

The government has spent a lot of money training EYPs, including giving out bursaries, and I think this is a smack down to all those who got degrees and EYPS. It's not want Prof Cathy Nutbrown recommended at all.

nannynick Sun 02-Jun-13 15:15:38

Can I ask if those of you who have done EYPS feel it has made you a better child carer? If so, how has it done that?

Government is saying that they want childcare workers to be higher qualified but is someone with an EYPS really all that much better than someone with say a Level 3 Diploma and many years experience? Whilst many of those with EYPS will have lots of experience as well, could it be possible to fast-track onto courses such that there is little time actually spent working with children, thus resulting in people with higher qualifications but lacking the general knowledge gained from experience?

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