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Early Years Initial Teacher Training: Graduate Entry Route

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September 2021
1 year full-time
This course is funded by the DfE
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Course leader
Dilys Wilson

We’re planning to teach through a flexible combination of online and face to face learning for the first few months of the new academic year. If you’re thinking about starting with us in autumn 2020 or spring 2021, check back for more detail on arrangements for this course in July and August, and see our current plans for teaching and learning.

This course is no longer accepting applications for 2020 entry. The next entry is 2021.

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. 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.

Why study Early Years Initial Teacher Training: Graduate Entry Route at Middlesex University?

This is intensive five day a week course will allow you to develop your teaching and learning practice with babies, toddlers and young children. During your studies, you will spend a minimum of 120 days on placement in at least two early years settings. You will also be able to have a short placement with children aged 5-7 years to support your understanding of children's learning as they progress through primary school. University based training sessions take place one day a week to allow for reflective and collaborative learning.

As an Early Years ITT Graduate Entry trainee you will work towards Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) by demonstrating the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years). To enhance your progress towards achieving EYTS, you are also eligible to enrol on the Professional Practice in Early Years Foundation Stage Teaching which enables you to gain 60 credits at Masters Level.

As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.


Our degree is accredited by the Teaching Regulation Agency, Department for Education.

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What will you study on the Early Years Initial Teacher Training: Graduate Entry Route?

There are three components to this course which are both assessed by coursework and cross referenced against the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years).

  • Modules

    • Professional knowledge and skills for the Early Years Teacher

      This module tracks the development of your professional skills and understanding necessary for effective early years teaching and leadership of practice.

    • Early Years Practice Based Enquiry

      For this module, you will design a practice based enquiry in your placement setting so that you can take the lead on improving an aspect of early years practice.

    • Early Years Pedagogy and Wider Professional Practice

      This module aims to deepen your knowledge and understanding of current practice issues and emerging policies and practices relating to the early years sector.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

How is the Early Years Initial Teacher Training: Graduate Entry Route taught?

This course will be taught through lectures and seminars on early years theory, policy, education and care practices which will closely reference 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 practice with an experienced early years tutor.


Assessments have 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. 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.

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How can the Early Years Initial Teacher Training: Graduate Entry Route support your career?

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?

Early Years 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 maintained schools.

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Early Years Initial Teacher Training: Graduate Employment Based Route

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Duration: 1 year part-time

Code: 034X32W

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