If you choose to study the Early Years Teacher Status programme, you will become a specialist in early childhood development, trained to work with babies and young children from birth to the age of five. You will be equipped to organise and lead high quality practice in early years settings.
We are one of the main providers of Early Years Teacher Training (0-5) in the East Midlands, with over forty years of experience in teacher training, education and research. We are committed to inspiring change which transforms the lives of children and young people.
We have been praised for developing a “post-qualification programme for newly qualified trainees who make a substantial contribution to the trainees’ professional formation” by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (November 2014).
Visit our Early Inspirations webpage for early years news, events and resources.
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Our Early Years Teacher Status programme takes the Graduate Emploment-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). We only ask that you have 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.
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.
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 National College of Teaching and Leadership, exceeding the minimum expectations for each each Standard.
Typical areas of training
The programme covers a range of topics including:
- child development
- language and literacy
- maths and phonics
- working with parents
- professional development
- leading and supporting others
This course is made up of two induction days in September, and 14 more days between then and July.
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. All of your placements will be assessed by a placement setting or your employer.
Throughout all of the assessments, we will support you through a placement-based mentor, a Personal Academic Tutor/Moderating Tutor and course tutors.
Facilities and Special Features
Our reputation for training teachers is impressive, and our academics are experts with real-world experience. With fully funded places available, you can study free of charge.
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:
There are four blocks of placements included in this course. Two eight-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 won’t be assessed, but will give you an insight into the transition children make as they leave EYFS.
How to apply
A first degree plus Maths, English and Science GCSE at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) are required. You must pass the National College for Teaching and Leadership professional skills test in numeracy and literacy prior to enrolling on the course, but do not need to have this before you apply. 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.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 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.