A fresh call has been launched in Northampton to get high quality candidates to train as nursery teachers – and help further improve early education of young children.
Across the East Midlands more than four out of five nurseries and other early years providers (83 per cent) are rated as good or outstanding, up 18 per cent on 2010.
Tax-free bursaries of up to £9,000 plus training fees of £7,000 are being made available to get graduates working with young children. Graduates already employed in nurseries are also encouraged to train, their fees will be paid plus their employers will receive funding to support them while they are training.
Nicola Cook, 32, an Early Years Practitioner at Boughton School, Northampton, said: “I was thinking of changing my career for some time and wanted to do something where I could make a positive impact on people’s lives. I wanted to make sure I got the best level of training available, offering a higher level that specialised in young children’s development - and Early Years Teacher Training seemed like the best option.
“It is so rewarding to work with children of a younger age, because I can support their progression and ensure they are at the strongest starting point of their educational life. Good early years education sets children up towards a lifetime of learning – encouraging curiosity, and giving the best opportunity to all children regardless of their background.”
Across Northampton, there are four training providers, including the University of Northampton, which offer early years teacher training.
For graduates, the training course is usually a year in length – and can be part-time or full-time depending on the route taken. There is also a full time three to four year undergraduate route.
The Get into Teaching campaign led by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) is calling for more early years teachers in Northampton.
Charlie Taylor, Chief Executive of NCTL, said: “We know that the quality of early education is higher when practice is led by an early years teacher. In order to ensure we continue to give the very youngest children in our communities the best start in life and continue to develop the workforce, we need more excellent early years teachers joining the profession.
“I would encourage anyone interested in becoming an early years teacher to find out more about early years teacher training and the support available, including the tax-free bursaries.”
Find out more about becoming an early years teacher, visit: www.getintoteaching.education.gov.uk or contact the Teaching Line on: 0800 389 2500. Applications close on September 30.