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National Survey of Early Years Professionals

The Children's Workforce Development Council (CWDC) is pleased to announce the launch of its second national survey of practitioners who have attained Early Years Professionals Status (EYPS) - the 'gold standard' for the early years sector.

In 2009, we commissioned research partners at the University of Wolverhampton to undertake a three year longitudinal study investigating the role and career development of early years professionals (EYPs). The survey is a vital part of this wider study and focuses closely on the practice, experience and development of EYPs.

Thom Crabbe, National Manager for Early Years said, "We had an excellent response to the first survey with over a third of practitioners taking part and we hope to at least match that this time. The findings will provide valuable insight into the work and issues being tackled by over 8,300 EYPs throughout the country.

Survey findings will be published early next year and will influence further developments in the EYPS programme. Emerging evidence from this study and the Department for Education's recent research into the 'Evaluation of the Graduate Leader Fund' shows the positive impact of EYPs on early years practice and on the learning and development of children."

All EYPs are encouraged to go on line and complete the Survey.  The Survey will be live from Monday 12 September until Friday 28 October 2011 and can be found at: www.cwdcouncil.org.uk/eyp-survey  

Notes to Editor:

1. The Children's Workforce Development Council (CWDC) supports local areas to drive sector-led improvements so that millions of people and volunteers who work with children and young people across England are able to do the best job they can.

We want England's children, young people and families' workforce to be respected and valued for the positive difference it makes to children, young people and their families.

We work in partnership with lots of different organisations and support workers and employers who want the lives of all children and young people to be healthy, happy and fulfilling. For more information visit: www.cwdcouncil.org.uk

2. For media enquiries only, please contact CWDC Early Years Senior Project Manager, Carol Dewhurst on 0113 390 7679 or at carol.dewhurst@cwdcouncil.org.uk 

3. For more information about the results from the first EYPS survey go to: www.cwdcouncil.org.uk/eyps-study.  These surveys are just one strand of the research being undertaken by Wolverhampton and results from other strands will be published in due course.

4. EYPS is the only professional graduate level accreditation for the early years sector.

5. There are currently 8,308 qualified EYPs and a further 1,812 candidates are in training for EYPS.

6. The next intake of EYPS is January 2012 with around 1500 places available for candidates across England. For more information about EYPS go to: www.cwdcouncil.org.uk/early-years

7. Further information about the 'Evaluation of the Graduate Leader Fund (2007-2011)' by Sandra Mathers et al is published on the Department for Education's website at: https://www.education.gov.uk/publications/RSG/NewRsgPublications/Page1/DFE-RR144

8. From 1 October 2011 to 31March 2012 the EYPS programme and associated contracts will be owned and managed by CWDC.  From April 2012, the new Teaching Agency will take responsibility for the programme and associated contracts.  Further information about the Government's reform of its Arms Length Bodies can be found at: http://www.education.gov.uk/inthenews/inthenews/a0077895/teaching-agency-to-be-up-and-running-from-april-2012

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