This full time 12 month training programme is designed for graduates who wish to specialise in early childhood development and lead education and care for children from birth to five years. As an Early Years ITT Graduate Entry trainee you will work towards Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) by demonstrating the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years). Working as an early years teacher is a rewarding and challenging career and you can make a real difference to young children’s development and life chances. To enhance your progress towards achieving EYTS, graduate entry trainees also enrol on the PG Cert Professional Practice in Early Years Foundation Stage Teaching which enables you to gain 60 credits at Masters Level.
This is an intensive five days a week training programme. University based training sessions take place on one day each week and you are expected to attend placement on the remaining 4 days. During your training you will spend a minimum of 120 days on placement in at least two early years settings so that you can develop your teaching practice with babies, toddlers and young children. A short placement with children aged 5-7 years is also included to support your understanding of children's learning as they progress through primary school.
The PG Cert
Professional Practice in Early Years Foundation Stage Teaching includes
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 emerging knowledge and understanding
of young children’s learning and development alongside the experiences of
professional teaching practice that you gain from your placements.
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
Teacher led sessions are delivered once a week 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.
You are required to have two weeks work experience in an early years setting in the UK before you start the programme and ideally before you come for interview. To begin the training programme you must also complete a satisfactory DBS check and an Occupational Health check. Further details will be sent to you once you have accepted our offer.
Only UK students are eligible to apply for this course.
Interviews, entrance tests, portfolios and auditions
All applicants for Early Years ITT are required to pass the Department for Education professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy. If you haven't passed the professional skills tests at the time of your interview, your offer will be conditional on passing the tests by an assigned date. Please see further information about how to prepare and book a professional skills test.
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.
For those who
wish to work with primary school age children the most common route to becoming
a school teacher is to undertake initial teacher training leading to 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