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The Early Years Teacher's Book

The Early Years Teacher's Book
Achieving Early Years Teacher Status

April 2015 | 432 pages | Learning Matters

If you are an Early Years Teacher Trainee, this book is written for you. It will help you to successfully achieve your Early Years Teacher Status and practice with confidence.


This book guides you through what you need to know about Early Years Teacher Status step-by-step. It explains how you can work to meet each of the Standards and assessment requirements. The author addresses trainees’ common concerns about early years practice, study skills and meeting EYTS requirements, as well as giving many examples of the strategies that trainees found most helpful. The chapters explore each aspect of every Standard and indicator, with notes on theory, practical tips, case studies, activities and suggestions for further reading.


This book helps you to:

•  understand all aspects of each Standard and indicator;

•  link your practice to the Standards;

•  understand the assessment requirements and how to strengthen your evidence;

•  plan and track your evidence;

•  complete your written assignments and create your portfolio with confidence;

•  develop the skills needed to take on a leadership role.

This book also provides support for the mentor-mentee relationship and includes guidance for mentors, teaching activities for tutors and support for assessors.

This book is a valuable resource for all those involved in EYTS and will be useful for:
- EYTS trainees
- their mentors
- their placement tutors
- course lecturers
- EYTS assessors

Introduction to your Early Years Teacher Status
Early Years Teacher Status requirements
Getting to know the Standards
Assessment methods
Age range requirements
Preparing for placement
School-based placement
Your action plan
Guidance for mentors and mentees
Understanding 'personal practice' and 'leadership'

Excellent guidance for Early Years trainees working towards teacher status.

Mrs Kim Hall
Sch of Health,Community & Educ Studies, Northumbria University
October 12, 2016

As providers of Early Years Initial Teacher Training, and specifically EYTS, this book is invaluable in helping to structure course content. It answers many underlying questions that the NCTL do not make clear, and it provides excellent examples from trainees to show how evidence can be presented against the Teachers' Standards (EY). The section that covers each standard in depth is very useful indeed.

Mrs Nicola Sperrin
Education and Community, University College Birmingham
July 13, 2016

Very useful book, each standard is covered in great detail with worked examples.

Mrs Justine Gallagher
Social Work and Communities, Northumbria University
July 10, 2016

This has been an excellent book to support EYITT students develop their practice in their workplace and will used again in 2016/17

Miss Lorna Wardle
School of Education, Nottingham Trent University
June 9, 2016

an excellent book for any early years practitioner

Ms alison mary stevenson
Early years & young people, North West Regional college
May 25, 2016

This is an excellent book for EYITT students and very useful for understanding the requirements for successfully completing the course.

Ms Madeleine Matthews
Faculty of Education, Winchester University
May 17, 2016

A key text that will enable all students from Level 4 to Level 6 to develop critical analysis of all issues surrounding Early Years Teacher Status. An easily accessible text. The case studies and reflective tasks are extremely useful to enable in-depth critical discussion.

Mrs Cathryn Keighley
Children, Young People and Families, Leeds Trinity University
April 28, 2016

I would highly recommend this book to be added to the recommended reading list for trainee's studying on the EYITT programme. It offers helpful and relevant guidance to support trainees in providing evidence for meeting the teaching standards.
The book is thorough and comprehensive.

Mrs Kim Hall
Sch of Health,Community & Educ Studies, Northumbria University
April 7, 2016

As a resource to advise students who are considering EYTS

Mrs Elaine Jones
Childcare Department, Accrington & Rossendale College
January 12, 2016

Fantastic book suitable for L4 and L5 learners.

care and early years, Tresham Institute
November 24, 2015

Leonie Abrahamson

Leonie Abrahamson is an experienced educator and trainer who has worked in early years since 1990. She has taught and assessed Early Years professionals and Early Years Teachers since 2008 and provides information, updates and resources for EYT trainees on her website at and has a PGCE (Primary) and Postgraduate Certificate in Child Development from the Institute of Education and an MA from the Tavistock Centre in Emotional Factors in Teaching and Learning.  More About Author

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ISBN: 9781473905726
£ 24.99