The Professional Development Network Early Years Teacher (EYTS) - Initial Teacher Education and EYTS - University of Derby

The Professional Development Network Early Years Teacher (EYTS)

The Professional Development Network for the Early Years Teacher Status programme was founded in 2014. The network was established to further strengthen the partnerships we have in place within the University by opening up the programme to be influenced by the sector. Members of the network include Local Authority representatives, placement settings, employers and professionals reflecting a range of early years roles, for example, an Inclusion Officer and an Ofsted Inspector. The network seeks to work collaboratively in ways that enable professionals in the field to share their skills, expertise and best practice.

The network meets three times a year. Dates of the meetings will be highlighted on this webpage.

The agenda for each meeting is shaped to respond to the continuous development of the Early Years Teacher programme.

What’s important to us?

  • To enhance the learning and development of Early Years Teacher trainees who will be joining the workforce in ways that secure positive outcomes for young children and their families.
  • To strengthen our practices and procedures, working in conjunction with partners and stakeholders, to support the continuous development of the programme.
  • To strengthen the University's reputation as a centre for excellence in Early Years.
  • To develop early years practitioners with a commitment to principles of equity, inclusion and participation in work with children, families, communities, colleagues and the wider professional team. 
  • To foster an independent, enquiry based approach to the problematic nature of professional learning and the development of pedagogical awareness, subject knowledge and teaching skills.
  • To develop critical, analytical and reflective early years' practitioners who are confident to explore and influence the complexities and boundaries of effective learning and teaching and to accept accountability for their progress as professional learners.
  • To develop a wealth of advanced pedagogical and academic skills to support professional and transformative practice which is creative, inclusive and sensitive to the learning needs of babies and young children.
  • To enable students to gain advanced knowledge and professional skills as required to meet the standards for Early Years Teacher Status

How can you become involved?

To join the Professional Development Network Early Years Teacher (EYTS) please contact Sue Wilcockson - EYTS Partnership Coordinator on to be placed onto our mailing list.

You will receive invitations to the Professional Development Network Early Years Teacher (EYTS) meetings. In addition, members of the Professional Development Network are also asked to support the programme, for example, as workforce partners at trainee interviews or to support the Early Years Teacher team conference as workshop facilitators.

Our next meeting:


All interested persons welcome to attend. Please confirm attendance with Sue Wilcockson on 01332 593417 or


Minutes from previous meetings:

Meeting minutes - 30 Nov 2017

Meeting minutes - 11 Jul 2017

Meeting minutes - 30 Mar 2017

Meeting minutes - 6 Dec 2016