As an Early Years ITT Graduate Employment Based trainee you will work towards the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years) and achieve Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS). Early Years Initial Teacher Training: Graduate Employment Based Route
This 12 month part time training route enables you to work towards Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) whilst being employed in an early years setting. You can access this route if you are employed in an early years setting, including as a childminder, if you require training and further experience to demonstrate the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years) or if you are newly recruited to an early years setting in order to undertake Early Years ITT. During your training your working timetable should be no more than 90 per cent of your full time working hours. This will enable you to be released for training days, study and placements to ensure that you will be able to demonstrate the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years).
To enhance your progress towards achieving EYTS, we offer the PG Cert Professional Practice in Early Years Foundation Stage Teaching which enables you to gain 60 credits at Masters Level.
In addition to the practice role you have in your workplace you are also required to extend your knowledge, skills and understanding through placement experiences to be able to meet all of the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years) across the birth to 5 age range. This will enable you to gain experience of different approaches to teaching and to school and early years setting organisation and management.
As a trainee on this programme you will receive a free electronic textbook for each module.
All trainees must have taught in two schools or early years settings prior to the award of EYTS. It is not sufficient for trainees only to have had experience of two schools or early years settings.
A contrasting 2nd setting placement either to teach an age group you have not had teaching experience with or to fulfill the requirement to have taught in 2 early years settings. This placement should be for a period of up to 30 days depending on the extent of your previous teaching experience.
A 10 day placement with children aged 5-7 years to support your understanding of children's learning as they progress through primary school.
Your employer must be in full support of your application and agree to release/support you to undertake the requirements necessary to achieve EYTS.
How can I register my interest in this route?
The UCAS teacher training system is not currently set up for early years ITT. You can apply directly online for the Graduate Employment Based Training route using the post-graduate application from for the PG Cert Professional Practice in EYFS Teaching.
The PG Cert Professional Practice in Early
Years Foundation Stage Teaching includes weekly lectures and seminars on early years theory,
policy, education and care practices, closely referenced to the Teachers’
Standards (Early Years) and the professional knowledge and skills required by
early years teachers. Opportunities are provided through small group
supervision sessions to share ideas and reflect on your academic learning and
your practice with young children with an experienced early years tutor. The PG
Cert assessment has been designed to enable you to reflect on your knowledge
and understanding of young children’s learning and development alongside the
experiences of professional teaching practice that you gain from your role in
your work place and on placement.
There are 2 components to the PG Cert which are
assessed by coursework and cross referenced against the Teachers’ Standards
Module 1:Professional knowledge and skills for the Early Years Teacher
The academic credits for this part of the programme track the
process of your professional training and your capacity to reflect on your
developing role as an Early Years Teacher in leading practice with children
from birth to five years.
Module 2: Work Based Learning Project
The focus of the project is on leading
change within your early years placement setting by developing an aspect of
As a Graduate
Employment Based trainee we recognise that you will have unique training needs.
To ensure that you have sufficient training and placement opportunities to meet
all aspects of the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years), we will work with you to
create an individual training plan, in consultation with your employer, to establish
the pattern of your attendance and your training needs.
Teacher led sessions are delivered twice a month with opportunities for smaller group and individual supervision based on your training needs. In addition, trainees are encouraged to learn independently through guided and blended learning through an e-portfolio and a work based project. Progress meetings within your workplace with your employer and tutor will take place at regular intervals throughout the training programme.
Where can those with Early
Years Teacher Status lead teaching?
Early Years ITT is the only teacher training focused
on the birth to five year age range. This makes Early Years Teachers ideally
placed to provide high quality education and care for babies and young children
in all private, voluntary
and independent (PVI) early years settings which is where the majority of
children and early years provision is based. You can also work in free schools,
academies and independent schools where teaching staff can be employed without
the requirement for them to have QTS.
If I have Early Years
Teacher Status can I teach in a maintained school?
Teachers with EYTS can work in maintained settings. However, only those who
meet the legal definition of a school teacher with QTS can lead teaching
in a maintained nursery school or a nursery class in a maintained school for
children aged 3 and over.
What is the pay scale for
early years teachers?
There is no
pay scale for early years teachers. The pay and conditions of individuals with EYTS
are determined by employers. All early years settings are free to set the level
of pay for individuals they employ with early years teacher status including