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    Our 12 month course is designed for the very best early years professionals, who are passionate about developing  their skills to support children from birth to five to reach their potential.  

    Why study Early Years Teacher Undergraduate Entry Pathway at Middlesex?

    “Improvements in the quality of early years practitioners can be a long-term strategy to narrow the gap and support better outcomes for children.”

    Marc Rowland, Director of Development, Think Tank National Educational Trust

    We bring vast expertise and experience to our teacher training courses. This pathway will qualify you as a specialist in early childhood development and will train you to become a confident leader, with the expertise to lead and support other practitioners, coupled with the ability to organise high quality practice in early years settings.

    This pathway allows students who are studying in the final or penultimate year of an Early Childhood Studies degree to work towards Early Years Teacher Status. You can also apply for a National College for Teaching and Leadership‎ bursary of £3,500.

    Course highlights:

    • You will gain Early Years Teacher Status upon graduation, taking the professional job title of teacher
    • Our partnerships with local authorities and early years providers ensure the course offers the highest standard of training
    • We have vast expertise and experience in delivering professional qualifications for the early years workforce and this course builds on the success of our previous programmes
    • If you enter the pathway with a level 5 qualification, and successfully complete the course, you will receive a BA Ordinary Early Childhood Studies degree

    What will you study?

    You will undertake 90 days on placement and will study Professional Studies for the Early Years Teacher Programme, which will extend your professional practice and theoretical understanding of working with young children aged 0-5 years. Much of the programme revolves around the July 2013 Teachers Standards (Early Years) and your role as an Early Years teacher in relation to the Standards.

    You can find more information about this course in the programme specification.

    This pathway is for new entrants to the workforce and students who are already employed in the early years sector are not eligible. 

    Qualifications accepted

    You should already hold: an Early Years Sector Endorsed Foundation Degree or an equivalent early years qualification at level 5 to top up to degree level, in order to access the Early Years Teacher (EYT) assessment process.

    For a comprehensive list of qualifications accepted by Middlesex, see further information under entry requirements

    How to apply

    Please apply directly to the university for this course using the EYT Programme Practitioner Application form.

    The EYT Status Entry Application form should be sent to Kathleen Zielinska, at [email protected] or:

    Kathleen Zielinska 
    Middlesex University 
    Building 9 
    The Burroughs 
    London NW4 4BT 

    For further information please contact:  
    Kathleen Zielinska 
    Project Manager 
    Email: [email protected]

    What are the career options with Early Years Teacher Status?

    Early Years Professionals have had a positive impact on the quality of early education and care for pre-school children. The introduction of Early Years Teachers will raise the status of the early years workforce. The change will give one title of ‘Teacher’ across the early years and schools.

    Those that successfully complete Early Years Initial Teacher Training and meet the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years) will be Early Years Teachers. They will hold Early Years Teacher Status.

    Research evidence shows that graduate leaders raise the quality of early years provision by improving their own day-to-day practice and by leading the practice of others, and we would expect that graduates of this programme would become leaders within their existing or future organisations.

    What about professional accreditation?

    We encourage our students to undertake a work placement, lasting a minimum of thirty hours, during their studies on a part-time basis throughout the course of your final year. 

    Work experience in the form of placements and internships greatly improve graduate employment prospects, and students who take part achieve excellent academic results through applying their learning in a professional setting.

    Our specialist Employability Service and London location ensure that every year our students and graduates gain prestigious placement opportunities.

    What support is available?

    Our Employability Service can help you to develop your employability skills and get some valuable work experience.  We provide workshops, events and one to one support with job hunting, CVs, covering letters, interviews and networking. We also support you in securing part-time work, placements, internships, and volunteering opportunities, and offer an enterprise support service for those looking to start their own business. Find out more here.


    Early Years Teacher status is currently awarded by the National College for Teaching and Leadership to graduates who can demonstrate that they meet a set of national professional Standards when working with children from birth to five years. Middlesex University delivers this course in partnership with and on behalf of Best Practice Network.