Research and analysis

Longitudinal study of early years professional status

This 3-year study investigating if, and how, the early years professional status (EYPS) was achieving its aims.


The early years professional status (EYPS) was part of a range of measures to develop a more professional early years workforce for pre-school children.

This report examines early years professionals’ (EYPs) views on their ability to carry out their roles since gaining EYPS.

It also examines the career pathways of EYPs and views on their career trajectories, including any motivations or intentions to change setting, role or career, and the extent to which they have, or have not, undertaken (or plan to undertake) any further training or professional development.