What is Early Years Teacher Status?

Early Years Teachers make the education and care of babies and children their first concern.  They are accountable for achieving the highest possible standards in their professional practice and conduct.  Early years Teacher Status is awarded to graduates who are leading education and care and who have been judged to have met all of the standards in practice from birth to the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

Early Years Teachers act with integrity and honesty. They have strong early development knowledge, keep their knowledge and skills up-to-date and are self critical. Early Years Teachers recognise that the Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 curricula follow the EYFS in a continuum.  They forge positive relationships and work with parents and/or carers in the best interests of babies and children.

Gaining Early Years Teacher Status will equip you with the skills to lead and improve practice within your early years setting, as well as to support and inspire those around you. Having just one early Years teacher in your setting can have a hugely positive effect on every child and worker there.

Graduates can become an Early Years Teacher by enrolling on and successfully completing an Early Years Initial Teacher Training pathway, to demonstrate they meet a set of national, professional standards when working with children from birth to five. View the EYP to EYT - The Governments View.