A FRESH call has been made to get high quality candidates to train as nursery teachers in Leeds.
The National College for Teaching and Leadership said this was an opportunity for people in the city to join a successful sector.
Across Yorkshire more than four out of five nurseries and other early years providers are rated as good or outstanding, which is up by 21 per cent on 2010.
Tax-free bursaries of up to £9,000 plus training fees of £7,000 are being made available to get graduates working with young children.
Graduates already employed in nurseries are also being encouraged to train, their fees will be paid plus their employers will receive funding to support them while they are training.
There are seven training providers in Yorkshire – including Leeds Beckett University and Leeds Trinity University – offering early years teacher training.
For graduates, the training course is usually a year in length – and can be part-time or full-time depending on the route taken. There is also a full time three to four year undergraduate route.
The Get into Teaching campaign led by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) is calling for more early years teachers in Leeds.
Charlie Taylor, chief executive of NCTL, said: “We know that the quality of early education is higher when practice is led by an early years teacher.
“In order to ensure we continue to give the very youngest children in our communities the best start in life and continue to develop the workforce, we need more excellent early years teachers joining the profession.
“I would encourage anyone interested in becoming an early years teacher to find out more about early years teacher training and the support available, including the tax-free bursaries.”