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The 8 Standards

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Familiarise yourself with the standards

There are eight Standards for Early Years Teacher Status, called The Teachers’ Standards (Early Years). Each Standard includes a series of sub statements, or bullet points. You have to provide evidence for each main statement and each bullet point at least once (your provider will give you more information on this).

You cannot provide good evidence for each Standard unless you really understand the Standard and the bullet points.

So, your first job is to become familiar with the Standards so that they become second nature to you.
If you want to achieve a ‘met’, you need to know the Standards well. One of the differences between those who struggle to meet the criteria and those that don’t, is their knowledge of the Standards. You can’t evidence something you don’t understand!

If you focus on getting to know the Standards during the first few weeks of your Early Years Teacher Status, this will save you a lot of time later on.

  1. Practical Tip 1

    Create a Standards summary sheet:
     
    On two sheets of A4 paper draw three columns and 40 rows.

    In column 1, list numbers 1-8: each number corresponds to a Standard.
     
    In column 2, summarise the main Standard statement in your own words, e.g. ‘engage ….with parents‘.
    Record any verbs, as they tell you what type of evidence is required (e.g. ‘demonstrate’), and the key areas (e.g. ‘child protection’).

     
    In column three, summarise each bullet point (one per row), highlighting key words.

    When you have done this for every Standard you will have a  simple summary sheet to help you get to know the Standards.

    Laminate this sheet as you will use it everyday (see Practical tip 2).

    If you would like to register for the free Standards reference sheet please email us. 

  2. Practical Tip 2

    On your way home every day for a week, remember one activity you were involved in.
     
    Use your Standards sheet to help you recognise which Standards you covered in that  activity, e.g. in circle time you demonstrated ‘communicating effectively with children’ and ‘engaged in sustained shared thinking with children’.

  3. Practical Tip 3

    Other ways to get to know the Standards.
     
    You can place a set of micro cards onto a key ring and write one Standard on each card as a reminder you can use at work.
     
    You can create a set of cards, some with the Standard statements and others with the Standard numbers, and try to match the two.