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Can a KS2/3 teacher work in Early Years?

Discussion in 'Early Years' started by alysme, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. Help needed! I recently went for an Early years job after spending the last four years working as a Supply teacher with children from F1-Y6 as well as running groups for U3s and their carers and KS1 Home educated children but found out that due to the changes in Early Years Qualifications as my PGCE is QTS KS2/3 then I am actually not qualified to teach Foundation as it is not deemed ?Full and Relevant.? Has anyone else met with these challenges? Did you need to do a transfer course? Any advice/ help would be fantastic. Ive rang the CWDC and they were not much help. I need to do EYPS they say but to do that part time then I need a job but they are right in saying I am not I need to be qualified to get a job!
  2. dbu

    dbu New commenter

    this worries me as i'm a secondary qualified and currently working in EYFS. our head says if you can teach you can teach. stage of qualifiaction not relevevant.
    would be interested to know what the answer is to this.

  3. laconn

    laconn New commenter

    I thought QTS was general and you can teach any age group once you have it. you obviously just specialise in the one you have trained in. People probably prefer you to be EYFS trained but you can still get jobs in early years. My friend did a primary degree specialising in early years and is now teaching 6th form looking at it from another point of view.
  4. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    Important Information regarding EYPS (Early Years Professional Status) and QTS (Qualified Teacher Status)
    The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory framework specifically defines both Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) if gained in the Foundation Stage or Key Stage One as full and relevant qualifications at level 6.
    Both EYPS and QTS (gained in Foundation Stage or Key Stage One) therefore fall outside the level 3 mapping process for the new qualifications list and are automatically considered to be full and relevant level 3 qualifications for the purposes of the EYFS.
    Practitioners with QTS should, depending on the extent that their training specifically covers working with babies, toddlers and young children under the age of five , consider the need for additional training. CWDC recommends that Qualified Teachers without training in child development from birth to five should undertake EYPS.
    Your QTS means you are full and relevant but you could consider EYPS
  5. Thanks. Its a shame that the CWDC dont seem to agree. I wonder if anyone knows of any other body that will say that having QTS means you can teach all the way through and that gaining EYPS would be good CPD and improve my practice that I do not need to have it to be actually qualified to be the teacher!
  6. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    But the CWDC does agree!
  7. Dont understand they told me as my QTS is KS2 Im not able to be counted in the ratios for full and relevent qualified people in work with U5s.

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