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Longitudinal Study of Early Years Professional Status: an exploration of progress, leadership and impact - final report

This 3-year study set out to investigate if the early years professional status (EYPS) was achieving its aims by examining early years professionals' views on their ability to carry out their roles since gaining EYPS.

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EYPS was part of a range of measures to develop a more professional early years workforce that would raise the status of work with pre-school children. It was also linked to other quality improvement efforts in the sector such as the implementation of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

The Longitudinal Study of Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) was a 3-year study commissioned by the Children’s Workforce Development Council (CWDC) in 2009.

It set out to investigate if EYPS was achieving its aims by examining Early Years Professionals’ (EYPs) views on their ability to carry out their roles since gaining Early Years Professional Status.

It also examines Early Years Professionals’ career pathway and views on their career trajectory including any motivations or intentions to change setting, role or career, and the extent to which Early Years Professionals have, or have not, undertaken (or plan to undertake) any further training or professional development.

The study consisted of a national questionnaire survey of Early Years Professionals designed to elicit information about the extent to which the introduction of Early Years Professional Status had met workforce development aims, and case studies of 30 early years settings in which Early Years Professionals from different backgrounds and with different levels of experience were employed in a range of leadership roles.

Includes:

  • Introduction and rationale
  • The policy context and research base for the study
  • Methodology
  • Analysis and findings
  • Summary and conclusions
  • Appendices

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