CREC Early Years Partnership
The CREC Early Years Partnership (CEYP) is a consortium comprising the Centre for Research in Early Childhood, St Thomas Centre Nursery School, three regional teaching school alliances, and over 30 'Good' or 'Outstanding' schools across three local authorities in the West Midlands.
Centre for Research in Early Childhood (CREC)
Birmingham City University
QTS Accredited Provider & Lead School
St Thomas Centre Nursery School
Regional TSA - Birmingham
Birmingham Nursery Schools Teaching School Alliance
Regional TSA - Warwickshire
Warwickshire Teaching School Alliance
Regional TSA - Solihull
Unity Trust - North Solihull Schools Working Together
The intention of the CEYP 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.
Between them, the CEYP Partner Schools also contribute and teach 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 CEYP work locally, nationally, and internationally in both Initial Teacher Training and School Improvement.
Teaching staff in all of our Partner Schools are Mentor trained and provide this support to students on placement.
All of our partner schools have been providing student placements for over 10 years, have extensive experience supporting trainee teachers, and are rated either 'Good' or 'Outstanding' by Ofsted.
If you're thinking about kick-starting an exciting new career in teaching, come and see us!
If you would like to chat to us about the training, get your questions answered, and meet some of the CEYP staff and tutors, we are holding several taster sessions at our base, St Thomas Children's Centre, and regularly attend official Train to Teach events across the West Midlands.
If you would like to arrange a visit to our Centre on another day, please get in touch to set this up. We are open Monday to Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM.