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The new early years professional in England

Lumsden, E. (2010) The new early years professional in England. International Journal for Cross-Disciplinary Subjects in Education (IJCDSE). 1(3), pp. 253-262. 2042-6364.

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Abstract: In March 2006 the former British Labour Government (1997-2010) introduced a new professional, the Early Years Professional with status (EYPS). It has been presented as the ‘Gold Standard’ in early years and every full time day-care setting should have an Early Years Professional by 2015. The last five years have seen intense activity to develop frameworks to support the EYPS ‘production line’ and there are now five training routes. This paper aims to disseminate some of the challenges of establishing a new professional imposed by central government rather than grown organically. It will specifically report on research undertaken with candidates on the ‘pilot phase’ of EYPS which forms one strand of ongoing doctorial research into the development of a new professionalidentity. A mixed methods methodology, using questionnaires and interviews has been employed to ascertain the views of respondents after the assessment and a year later. It concludes that investment in the early years by the UK government is welcomed but the actual introduction of EYPS has had a mixed response, especially because of the initial alignment with teaching. However, data gathered from this distinct group provides insight into emerging professional differences, the assessment process and the importance of continual professional development
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1139 Early childhood education
L Education > LC Special aspects of Education > LC65 Social aspects of education > LC71 Education and the state
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV697 Protection, assistance and relief > HV701 Children
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1705 Education and training of teachers and administrators > LB1775 Professional aspects of teaching and school administrators
Creators: Lumsden, Eunice
Publisher: Infonomics Society
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: Faculties > Faculty of Education & Humanities > Early Years
Date: September 2010
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: pp. 253-262
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal for Cross-Disciplinary Subjects in Education (IJCDSE)
Volume: 1
Number: 3
Language: English
ISSN: 2042-6364
Status: Published / Disseminated
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