Deborah Brown, Lecturer in Primary and Early Years Education, University of Sussex, UK The values and experience that I bring into this research perspective are from mixed experiences of teaching in nursery, school and higher education (HE) environments. More recently, I have used the experience and expertise that I have within the zero-to-five age range to work as a tutor on initial teacher education (ITE) programmes, including Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) and the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in the HE sector. The students are taught at university by tutors who are teacher trainers and have experience of working in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). The term ‘student’ or ‘trainee’ is used in the research to talk about people who are studying at university to become an Early Years teacher. The term ‘children’ is used to refer to the children in the school or settings with whom the trainee teachers may have contact. Trainees on the EYTS course ar

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