SEFDEY Professional Association Constitution


Aims of Group      


  • To provide a strong voice for the Early Years Sector.

  • To share expertise, research and give mutual support to members.

  • To endorse the quality of Degrees in Early Years.

  • To promote the recognition of a FDEY as a professional qualification. 

  • To monitor the development of new level 4-6 qualifications in early years.

  • To sustain employers’ recognition and awareness of the FDEY as a qualification in its own right and as a progression route to further studies.

  • To provide opportunities for collaborative research and continuing professional development.

  • To promote collaboration between HEIs, FEIs, employers and other key stake holders.

  • To promote widening participation

Membership of the Committee


  • A maximum of twelve full members, to include the regional chairs, and five associate members, plus one honorary lifelong member.

  • Members are elected each year and stand for a maximum of three years, with the option to stand for further election.

  • Elections to the committee take place based on the availability of vacant committee places. Parties interested in joining the committee are nominated and seconded by network members; these nominations are considered at the Annual General Meeting.

  • Roles and responsibilities of the committee are decided within the committee following election at the AGM and thereafter.

  • Committee members are expected to attend two committee meetings each year.  If unable to attend, to send apologies.

  • The Chair, supported by vice-chair, to be appointed for a nominal term of three years at a time.

  • Organisation of Meetings

  • Administrator, to be offered financial reimbursement for expenses.

  • A minimum of two national meeting to be held per year, linked to one committee meeting and the AGM, to be held in a central location.

  • A minimum of one regional meeting, to be held within each region, per year, with an identified regional chair who will report back to the national meeting on any regional issues.


Committee Structure

  • Chair of SEFDEY committee

  • Vice Chair

  • Administrator

  • Treasurer

  • SEFDEY committee members

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