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Early Years Initial Teacher Training

Gain an understanding of how children develop and learn through our Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) programme. Through completing the programme, you’ll gain Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS). This specialist award is designed for those who wish to specialise in work with babies and young children from birth to five years old.

For potential applicants:

  • Make a difference for young children – a career in early years teaching is very rewarding;
  • By becoming an early years teacher, you’ll make a lasting, positive impact on children’s wellbeing and development;
  • You could receive a tax-free bursary of up to £5,000 while you train as an early years teacher. Your training fees of up to £7,000 will be paid.

For employers:

  • £7,000 employer incentive funding available to train and support a graduate in your setting to become an early years teacher;
  • Early years teachers add value/make a difference to the nursery team, they share leadership, skills and expertise.

We offer the following Early Years Initial Teacher Training pathways:

Graduate entry

You’ll have access to the finest and most inspiring, practising teachers and mentors. You’ll be able to participate in taught sessions at university, observe the best classroom practice, and receive individual mentoring through all of your placements.

Suitable for high calibre graduates, this programme is 12 months full-time. It includes 120 placement days across early years settings along with a two week school placement in Key Stage 1. You’ll attend University regularly for training in addition to work-based training which will be supported by a mentor.

Graduate entry (employment based)

This route is suitable for you, if you fit either of the following criteria:

  • You’re already employed in an early years setting/early years department of a school
  • You’re newly recruited to an early years setting to undertake Early Years ITT through an employment based route

Through the 12 months part-time programme you’ll develop your professional skills and knowledge to lead learning of all young children.

You’ll spend significant amounts of time practicing in your work setting. You’ll need to exhibit the capability to teach across the age range; consequently additional placements will be tailored to meet your individual needs. You’ll have between six and eleven weeks away from your base setting, depending on your previous experience.

Entry requirements

You’ll need to be well suited to the teaching profession both personally and academically.

Assessment methods

In order to be recommended for Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS), you’ll need to undertake assignments which assess your knowledge and understanding relating to teaching and learning. You’ll need to demonstrate your understanding and skills in planning, teaching, assessing and evaluating children's learning. All assessments will demonstrate that you have met the early years teachers’ standards.

During the University phase of the programme you’ll be taught in lectures, seminars and workshops. We’ll encourage you to think critically about about research, national initiatives and classroom practice. You’ll explore and critique the relationship between theory and practice.

You’ll be placed in at least two schools or settings, where you’ll work with teachers, learners, additional adults, a school mentor and an academic tutor to support your professional development. Placements help you progress through the programme phases in exploration, consolidation and innovation. You’ll become familiar with the work of a school/setting and the nature of, and the relationship between, teaching and learning.

We’ll support you along the way, to ensure you become a creative and caring early years teacher.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
PGCE Full-time 12 Months
PGCE Part-time 12 Months

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