Bradford College was proud to recognise and celebrate the achievements of its Early Years Professional graduates at a special ceremony held in the Henry Mitchell Hall at Bradford College.
Former students who have already achieved Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) and received their validation were invited to attend the event, together with those pursuing the status, employers, local authority representatives and other key stakeholders.
Early Years Professional Status is the ‘gold standard’ in early years practice. The role has been developed to boost high standards, skills, experience, commitment and effective leadership of practice across a range of early years provision.
Twenty four candidates have recently achieved the status of Early Years Professional at Bradford College, having followed a variety of routes taking between 4 months and 15 months to achieve EYPS. These inspiring individuals are skilled in ensuring each child is nurtured appropriately, and they can effectively lead the development of children under five years old through play.
Honoured guests attending the memorable event included the Deputy Lord Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Valerie Slater and Principal and Chief Executive of Bradford College, Michele Sutton OBE, who watched with pride as the Early Years Professionals accepted their awards. Distinguished guests attending the award ceremony also included local authority representatives and representatives from the Early Years sector.
Yorkshire based arts organisation, Manasamitra, provided the evenings entertainment with a presentation showcase of traditional Indian music, dance and story-telling techniques. The inspiring presentation demonstrated how these methods can be used with imagination and creativity in work with young children.
The School of Teaching, Health & Care at Bradford College University Centre works closely with the Children’s Workforce Development Council (CWDC) to develop the early years professionals of the future. Bradford College University Centre has now trained over 120 Early Years Professionals who are leading practice in early years settings around Yorkshire and improving outcomes for young children.