High quality candidates are needed to train as nursery teachers, in recognition of the importance of those first years in a child’d development.
The best ever Ofsted results were recorded in Doncaster over the past year, with 86 per cent of early years providers across Yorkshire and the Humber rated good or outstanding. This figure is up by 21 per cent sinc 2010.
To encourage graduates to work with young children, tax free bursaries of up to £9,000 plus training fees of £7000 are available. Employers of graduates in nursery settings can receive funding to support them while staff are training.
Vandana Chandar is an early years teacher at Doncaster University Centre. The 47-year old said: “If you want to become a nursery teacher I would say go for it! I changed my career path after the birth of my first child and started working within a toddler group.
“I enjoy working with children at this age range and decided to take the course as I wanted to be recognised for my experience and interest in the field. Furthermore, I wanted to raise the standards of my teaching.”
She continued: “The development of the Early Years Initial Teacher Training program will raise the status of early years workers within mainstream schools, which can only be a good thing.”
Sheffield Hallam University is one of seven training providers across Yorkshire and the Humber. Visit www.getintoteaching.education.gov.uk or call 0800 389 2500.