Early Years Teacher (2013) - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the award, equivalency with EYPS/QTS, pay and conditions

What is the award going to be called?

Those that successfully complete Early Years Initial Teacher Training and meet the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years) will be Early Years Teachers. They will hold Early Years Teacher Status.

Who will be the first people to train as Early Years Teachers?

The new Early Years Initial Teacher Training programme will commence in September 2013. Those who successfully complete will become the first Early Years Teachers.

Will current EYPS candidates become the first group to be recognised as Early Years Teachers?

All Early Years Professionals will in future be seen as the equivalent of Early Years Teachers.

Will Early Years Teachers need to be honours graduates?

Not necessarily. Candidates will be required to hold a degree from a United Kingdom higher education institution or recognised overseas equivalent qualification. This requirement is identical to that for entry to primary and secondary school teacher training.

 Is there also going to be a statutory induction period for Early Years Teachers?

The induction requirements of Early Years Teachers will be carefully considered to identify how induction could work in practice. 

Will EYPs automatically become Early Years Teachers? Can current EYPs call themselves Early Years Teachers?

Yes. Existing Early Years Professionals will in future be seen as the equivalent of Early Years Teachers.

For existing EYPs, what does equivalent to Early Years Teachers mean?

Those who hold EYPS will continue to be valued as graduate leaders and will be recognised as the equivalent of Early Years Teachers.

Free Schools, new mainstream and alternate provision academies, and existing academies can employ teaching staff without the requirement for them to have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). QTS is currently a requirement for teachers working in maintained schools and nurseries.

Is it anticipated that there will be a process for current EYPS candidates to ‘transfer’ to Early Years Teacher

  • No. Those currently on training courses will complete and receive EYPS. There will be no process for transfer.
  • Existing EYPs will in future be seen as the equivalent of Early Years Teachers. Therefore they will not need to transfer to September 2013 pathways to achieve the Early Years Teacher title.

If someone has deferred from an EYPS pathway, can they resume their training on the Early Years Initial Teacher Training programme?

No. Candidates must return to the pathway that they deferred from. If a candidate started on an EYPS pathway they must return to an EYPS pathway.

If Early Years Teachers are the same as primary and secondary school teachers why not give them QTS?

The Government wants to give more autonomy to head teachers so that they can decide who is best qualified and suited to teach in their schools. Early Years Teachers will be specialists in birth to five years and will be ideally placed to fulfil the needs of employers in private and independent settings and schools to provide high quality education and care for our youngest children. Free Schools, new mainstream and alternate provision academies, and existing academies, can employ teaching staff without the requirement for them to have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

EYPs are concerned about the disparity between Early Years Teachers and teachers who hold QTS.

Early Years Teachers will be specialists in early childhood development trained to work with babies and young children from birth to five. The training route and the new Teachers’ Standards (Early Years) will build on the strengths of the EYPS programme. Early Years Teacher Status will be seen as the equivalent to QTS, therefore entry requirements to Early Years Teacher training courses will be the same as entry to primary teacher training. This change will give one title of ‘teacher’ across the early years and schools sectors which will increase status and public recognition.

What is happening with the Early Years QTS route?

The 3-7 years Primary QTS route will still exist. The Government’s reforms are focussed on birth to five as the evidence is clear that high quality early education and childcare can have a powerful impact on young children preparing them for school and later life. Although routes to QTS for three to seven years will remain, providing a birth to five years Early Years Teacher route recognises the key importance that quality education has on the outcomes for young children from their earliest years.

What will Early Years Teachers get paid? Will their salary be linked to the teachers’ pay scales?

The Government takes the view that the pay and conditions for staff working in early education and childcare settings are best determined at local level. However, the Government would expect employers to want to pay Early Years Teachers in accord with their status.

Free Schools, Academies (including alternative provision Academies) can employ teaching staff without the requirement for them to have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and can set their own pay scales.

In maintained schools, Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is currently a requirement for teachers. However head teachers in maintained schools have the discretion to employ people who don’t have QTS as instructors. From September 2013 head teachers will have even more flexibility and freedom on pay.

Will there be guidance on pay and conditions for employers of Early Years Teachers?

The Government takes the view that the pay and conditions for staff working in early education and childcare settings are best determined at local level. However the Government would expect employers to want to pay Early Years Teachers in accord with their professional status.

Does this mean that the Government’s expectation is that Early Years Teachers will work with children up to the age of five and then QTS from 5 on?

The Government’s reforms are focussed on birth to five as the evidence is clear that high quality early education and childcare can have a powerful impact on young children preparing them for school and later life. Although routes to QTS for three to seven years already exist, providing a birth to five years Early Years Teacher route recognises the key importance that quality education has on the outcomes for young children from their earliest years. Early Years Teacher Status reflects the specialist role that they have in working with babies and children from birth to five years old.

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