Kim Franklin is currently a Deputy Inclusion Manager with a responsibility for the teaching and learning in our nursery provision. Kim has worked in Early Years for 16 years and was drawn to this age group as she enjoyed being able to see the children progressing on a daily basis.
How did you hear about Early Years Teacher Status at Derby?
I heard about this status through an online site called CYP Now Early Years and Education. I receive emails that keep me updated with latest Early Years news.
I felt that having this status would be an acknowledgment of the skills, expertise, and professionalism I portray daily. EYTS recognises how important learning is in the Early Years and I liked the idea of the AO pathway as, although I would feel like I had a lot to complete in a small amount of time, it would only be for a few months; this seemed a manageable way to gain the status.
How did you find your time at the University?
From the moment I applied to the time I handed in my final piece of work, I felt supported and well informed of the process. Throughout the application process, I was kept updated and well informed.
Once I was accepted, I received lots of information around the expectations that would be placed upon me and received a clear schedule. In addition to this, I had a University mentor who gave me constant guidance. My time spent in the University was always well managed and packed with the information I needed.
What are you doing now that you have gained your status?
I work in a maintained school that has a nursery provision in a small town. We are really lucky as we have a lot of outdoor space and this is used to its full potential. We currently have 35 in our reception class and about 20 split between morning and afternoon in our nursery.
Since gaining my EYTS, I have been able to improve the training and CPD we offer our staff and volunteers. I have also improved the way in which we engage parents and the support we offer to them; the parents have welcomed the support and have felt more confident and able to contribute to their children’s learning.