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Early Years Lead Practitioner

The Early Years Lead Practitioner (EYLP) Programme in Gloucestershire 2017 to 2018

An Early Years Lead Practitioner (EYLP) is an excellent practitioner who has achieved the very highest standards of early years practice as recognised through a rigorous assessment process. S/he is paid to share her/his skills and expertise with other practitioners.

All Early Years Lead Practitioners have a passion for early years best practice, which they already share with colleagues and families in their daily work. They are champions of effective early years pedagogy and outstanding practice as expressed through the EYFS, and Ofsted's criteria for outstanding.

  • Have a wide range of skills for leadership of learning
  • Have experience of working with young children from birth to five and beyond to lead practice in pre-school settings
  • Lead CPD events and provide support for staff
  • Have a positive working relationship with all colleagues
  • Are enthusiastic about, and committed to, developing their own professional attributes, knowledge, skills and understanding
  • Are up to date with current research and are well informed about recent developments in early years.
  • Demonstrating best practice in their own setting, and welcoming visitors from other settings, as arranged through the Early Years Team
  • Follow-on coaching and mentoring support for individual practitioners who have visited their setting to observe best practice
  • Leading/facilitating or supporting a CPD event for practitioners
  • Specific expertise, for example in early language development, Story Making or the enabling environment
  • Advising on Local Authority working parties developing plans for the future.

Early Years Lead Practitioners 2017 to 2018

This year we have appointed 12 daycare EYLPs from 10 settings.  Two EYLPs share the role.  We have also appointed 10 childminding practitioners from 9 settings. Two EYLPs share the role.  Each appointed EYLP works across the whole of the county according to need.
Each EYLP will carry out a total of 8 'support sessions'. This results in there being the possibility of a maximum of 80 daycare and 72 childminder support opportunities. These support sessions will be used as visits to individual settings (generally each setting will receive two support visits, at the Adviser's discretion) or to work in partnership with the Advisers to run a group meeting.

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