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By Harriet MackeviciusGuest Editor, playgroup deputy manager and early years teacher.

Guest Editor Harriet Mackevicius recently achieved Early Years Professional Status. She asks Children’s Workforce Development Council’s Pauline Jones her burning questions about what she can now expect as an Early Years Professional

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Q: How aware are setting owners and managers that they need to employ an Early Years Professional (EYP) over the coming years and how are you informing them about this?

Awareness levels are likely to vary. The Government’s aim is to have an EYP in every full daycare setting by 2015. This has been clearly communicated to local authorities and increasingly they are planning and working with settings at a local level to achieve this. Local authorities are also distributing the Graduate Leader Fund to settings to support achievement of Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) and employment of EYPs.

Children’s Workforce Development Council (CWDC) are currently underway with a major multi-million pound EYPS recruitment campaign, which involves contacting every early years setting and communicating the value of an EYP in settings to employers, practitioners and parents.

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