The CREC Early Years Partnership or CEYP is a consortium comprising the Centre for Research in Early Childhood, St Thomas Centre Nursery School, 3 regional teaching school alliances and over 50 'Good' or 'Outstanding' schools from across 4 local authority regions.

The CEYP SCITT programme offers a one-year, full-time, school-based route to qualification as a primary or early years teacher with QTS.

The CEYP's intention is to work as a network of Nursery Schools and Primary Schools with Nursery classes across various West Midlands authorities, with one partner school from each region acting as the regional hub for the partnership.
Teaching staff in all partner schools are Mentor trained and provide this support to students on placement. Between them, the Schools also contribute and teach on Modules on the following areas of Early Years Practice: 
- The characteristics of effective teaching and learning

- Environments for Early Years

- Integrated working

- Child-Initiated Learning

- Provision for two-year-olds

- Tracking children’s progress in the Early Years Foundation Stage

- Schools within the partnership work locally, nationally and internationally in both ITT and school improvement.



To find out more about the CREC Early Years Partnership and the SCITT Programme, please go to

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