02 March 2016

Bright Horizons, a leading UK provider of care and early education, is delighted to announce their partnership with the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) to deliver School Direct Early Years Teacher Status.

The two organisations will be working together to offer graduates from all disciplines the opportunity to train and develop to become qualified Early Years Teachers, receiving Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS).  EYTS is the only professional accreditation of its kind in the Early Years sector and is endorsed by Government for graduate practitioners.

The 2016/17 academic programme has been specifically designed for new graduates wishing to take the next step and begin a graduate career in Early Years; playing an essential role in nurturing children’s learning and development from birth to age five and training to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage.  

Bright Horizons has been awarded 10 places by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) and graduates will have the unique opportunity to be taught by expert lecturers at the IOE, while also gaining first-hand experience through training and working in a variety of Bright Horizons nurseries.

Nicola Amies, Director of Early Years at Bright Horizons, said, “Bright Horizons is committed to providing world-class care and early education for children and families, delivered by a world-class workforce.  We recognise the value and skills that Early Years Teachers add to the mix of dedicated Early Years professionals in our settings and we are thrilled to be partnering with UCL to offer this opportunity to a number of passionate and talented graduates; providing a unique blended learning approach combining both theory and practice. We look forward to welcoming aspiring Early Years Teachers on to the programme later this year.”

Paul Davies, Director of Initial Teacher Education at the IOE, echoed Nicola’s comments saying that “Working with Bright Horizons provides an exciting opportunity for the IOE to work in partnership with a leading provider of early years education. We are very much looking forward to strengthening the ways we work together over the coming years and supporting the development of the next generation of Early Years Teachers”.

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About Bright Horizons Family Solutions

Bright Horizons Family Solutions is a leading UK provider of high-quality childcare, early years education and other services designed to help employers and families better address the challenges of integrating work and family life. Bright Horizons provides nursery care both to consumers and in partnership with employers and also offers innovative round-the-clock back-up care packages for children and adults. With a reputation for excellence spanning three decades, Bright Horizons has more than 200 nurseries in the UK and Ireland. From the implementation of the Early Years Foundation Stage in 2008 Bright Horizons has consistently outperformed its sector in terms of “Outstanding” awards made by Ofsted. Bright Horizons is one of the UK’s Best Workplaces as well as one of the Top 25 Best Large Workplaces in Europe as designated by the Great Place to Work Institute.

www.brighthorizons.co.uk

About University College London: Institute of Education

UCL Institute of Education is a world-leading centre for education and related social science.  Founded in 1902, the IOE currently has more than 7,000 students and 800 staff. In the 2015 QS World University Rankings, the IOE was ranked number one for education worldwide. It was shortlisted in the 'University of the Year' category of the 2014 Times Higher Education (THE) awards. In January 2014, the IOE was recognised by Ofsted for its 'outstanding' initial teacher training across primary, secondary and further education. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework, 94% of our research was judged to be world class. On 2 December 2014, the IOE became a single-faculty school of University College London (UCL), called the UCL Institute of Education.

www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe