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Opportunities for childcare training.

AN EVENT to promote Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) to early years and childcare professionals and their employers from across the West Midlands takes place in Birmingham next month.

It will also be of interest to graduates not currently working in the early years sector who want to work with children under five.

Successful EYPs will talk about what becoming an Early Years Professional (EYP) has meant to them in their day-to-day work with young children.

The free event will be held at the Old Library and Custard Factory, Gibb Street, on Wednesday, December 3, from 12.45pm to 4pm, funded by the Children's Workforce Development Council (CWDC).

It will be delivered jointly by EYPS providers, supported by local authorities in the West Midlands. Anyone interested can attend the whole event or just dropin for a short time during the afternoon.

The event will also include presentations and workshops looking at the different pathways to achieving EYPS, eligibility and entry requirements, and what EYPS training and assessment involves.

EYPS supports the professional development of those working in childcare and provides formal recognition for their work in leading practice across the new Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

To join an EYPS pathway, practitioners need at least a foundation degree and to be working in a private, voluntary or independent early years setting, children's centre or to support the early years workforce.

Registered childminders keen to develop their career are particularly encouraged to come along to find out more.

There is also an EYPS pathway for graduates not currently employed in an early years setting.

Richard Ashworth, from CWDC's Early Years team, said: "To achieve the government's aim of having an Early Years Professional in every full daycare setting by 2015, it is vital that we create effective partnerships, both nationally and regionally, between EYPS training providers, local authorities, employers and other relevant organisations.

Places can be booked at www.eypconference.co.uk or by calling 0845 8732611.
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