Part of achieving the Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) involves going through the EYPS Gateway Review. The course providers make a really big deal out of it, which can be a little daunting at first.
However, the Gateway Review is not an exam, so candidates can’t fail. It’s more of a guidance to ensure that candidates are on track for their final assessment setting visit.
The Gateway Review is (supposedly) designed, first, to check that candidates understand the 39 EYPS standards (don’t worry though, just UNDERSTANDING them is fine, you don’t have to recite them from memory or anything like that).
Secondly, the Gateway Review is meant to assess three skills generic to working as an Early Years Professional (EYP) and fundamental to meeting the 39 EYPS standards.
The three skills are:
- The ability to make decisions on the basis of sound judgment
- The ability to lead and support others
- The ability to relate to, and communicate with, others
In order to assess these three skills and our understanding of the 39 EYPS standards, we lucky candidates get to go through a series of four different exercises, all in one day: Continue reading
“Being a professional working with young children is not just about meeting standards; it’s about attitude, ideology and passion…”
Dr Avril Brock
Attitude, ideology and passion.
If you’re working with children, you should LOVE working with children. Sounds great, but that’s far from what I’ve seen so far.
In a working environment
The people I see working with children are a miserable bunch. Admittedly, deep down they are all cheerful individuals, but the constant stress of their jobs has left them jaded, and perpetually in a sour mood. They would jump at the chance to move on to something else.
In a learning environment
The students doing my course, the Early Years Professional (EYP) Status, can be divided into 2 main groups:
- Inexperienced. These are the people on the course who have just finished their first degree. Those who studied something related to Early Years Childcare seem to have joined the course only because it was the next step on the educational ladder. Worst still are those who studied something unrelated to Early Years Childcare, who seem to have just jumped onto the programme on a whim.
- Experienced. These are the people who are not fresh graduates. Rather than expanding their knowledge out of passion, they are instead seeking job stability. This is exacerbated by the government’s requirements on childcare settings having EYPs.
I consider myself fortunate, as I still find myself passionate about working with children. Maybe it’s because I’m relatively new, but it’s honestly the first time I’ve ever looked forward to going to work. I sure hope I’m not part of a rare and dying breed.
Odd One Out
When I was deciding to pursue my career in childcare, one of my main concerns was that I would be a male in a female-dominated industry. The issue wasn’t about me being a minority; it was whether parents would be comfortable with a male looking after their kids. I’ve been told that some parents are supposedly apprehensive and distrustful towards grown men who take too much of an interest in their children.
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