Supporting young children’s development

Shiba Hussain, early years teacher

Shiba Hussain, early years teacher

Shiba became interested in the learning of young children while studying psychology at university. With a desire to help early years-age pupils during a fundamental time in their development, she decided to train for early years teacher status (EYTS).

“EYTS is a great qualification that gives you the opportunity to develop as an early years teacher through a balance of placement experience and theory,” explains Shiba, who completed her training via Best Practice Network. “The tutors are very supportive and regularly observe you in practice, where they give extremely useful feedback.”

As she progressed towards EYTS, Shiba had the chance to work in a variety of early years settings, including a private nursery and Sure Start Children’s Centre: “I worked with and learnt from a range of different people – from early years professionals to SENCOs, speech and language therapists and family support workers. They all helped me to develop my practice and aim for a very high standard.”

Shiba believes achieving EYTS has helped her grow and progress as a teacher, positively impacting the children and families she works with: “Without undertaking early years teacher training, I wouldn’t have developed into the professional I have become. The experience I have gained has shaped my practice immensely.”

She adds: “I find that the best parts of my work with the children and families are being able to provide support for parents – helping them with activities that continue to develop their children’s learning at home.”