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Early Years Teacher Status (0-5)

Key Facts

  • Level:


  • Duration:

    1 year part time

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  • Fees UK:

    Fully funded

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Do you want to make a difference to the lives of children and shape high quality Early Years practice? This fully funded one year programme focuses on teaching and supporting childhood development in the Early Years Foundation Stage.

The Early Years Teacher Status programme is the only graduate professional accreditation for the early years workforce. As a specialist in early years you will be able to lead and share best practice with your colleagues to ensure children receive high quality care and education, as well as promoting their holistic development.

Updated 24/11/2020


  • Fully funded places available, study free of charge.
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Course Content

  • Our Early Years Teacher Status programme takes the Graduate Employment-Based (GEB) route. This is a part-time route for experienced graduate-level early years practitioners who are currently in paid employment in an early years setting but require training and further experience to demonstrate the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years). You require either a relevant degree and one year of full-time experience working in the age range 0-5 years, or a degree that is not relevant and two or more years of full-time relevant experience.

    When you finish the course, you will be recommended for and awarded Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS). The course will build on your existing knowledge and experience, giving you everything you need to demonstrate the standards for early years teachers required by the Department of Education, exceeding the minimum expectations for each Standard.

    You will enhance your existing knowledge of working with babies and children in the Early Years Foundation Stage (0-5) and the skills acquired on this course will enable you to organise and lead high quality practice in early years settings.

  • Undergraduate honours degree or equivalent, 1st or 2.1 preferred although consideration will be given to lower class degrees subject to availability of places.

    Maths, English and Science GCSE at grade C/4 or above are required.

    There will be a new approach for assessing the fundamental skills of prospective teachers in maths and English, these approaches will replace the existing skills tests. For those trainees who are applying to enrol on to a teacher training programme after the 1st April 2020, teacher training providers must provide assurance that trainees have these skills. It is the trainee’s responsibility to secure these fundamental skills, responsibility for assurance lies with the ITT provider.

    All candidates must attend an interview and have Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance.

    All trainees must be working at least 16 hours per week in an early years setting.

    To apply please download and complete the application form below and email it to You may find the guidance notes helpful. If you have any queries please feel free to contact us on 0300 303 2772.

    Application Form

  • 20/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Government funding is available to cover the tuition and assessment costs of the graduate employment based route (GEB) to Early Years Teacher status.

    There is £7,000 for your employer to use to support you for such costs as cover, salary enhancements and payment for mentors. This is payable in arrears once you have enrolled formally on the course in September.

    Self-employed child-minders are not able to claim the £7,000 if they are sole traders.

    For further information please see the Get Into Teaching website or contact

    Additional Costs

    There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2020. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

  • Course fees for tuition and assessment are covered by government funding and, in addition, there is £7000 available to your employer to help them support you to complete your course. For further information please see the Get Into Teaching website.

    Funding of £14,000 is available for this course to cover all training course fees and contribute towards costs incurred by your employer.

  • There are four blocks of placements included in this course. Two six week blocks will be assessed within your workplace. One six-week placement will be assessed in another setting and a two-week placement in Key Stage 1 to enable you to gain insight into the next steps children make as they leave EYFS.

  • How is the course structured?

    This course is made up of four induction days in September, and 11 more days between then and July.

    How am I assessed?

    Throughout the course you will be assessed against the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years), with particular attention paid to your teaching, planning and assessment. There are no formal academic assignments or exams. During your placements you will be supported and assessed by your work-based mentor and Moderating Tutor. You will have a Personal Academic Tutor.

    What topics will I cover?

    The programme covers a range of topics including:

    • child development
    • safeguarding
    • diversity
    • language and literacy
    • maths and phonics
    • working with parents
    • professional development
    • leading and supporting others

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Careers and Employability

When you graduate from this course, you will be a specialist in early childhood development, trained to work with babies and young children from birth to five.

The following sites contain useful information about career opportunities that will be open to you when you finish this course: National Careers Service, Nursery World, Get Into Teaching.

Is this course for you?