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A child's early years are a critical period for learning the practical, emotional and social skills that form a foundation for success in later life. Read more

A child's early years are a critical period for learning the practical, emotional and social skills that form a foundation for success in later life.

By becoming an early years teacher, you’ll make a lasting, positive impact on children’s wellbeing and development through play and care, creating a secure base from which they can safely explore their world.

Our part-time, employment-based Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) route is suitable for skilled graduates who are already working with children aged from birth to five.

You'll gain training and further experience to demonstrate the Teachers' Standards (Early Years). On successful completion, you will be awarded a postgraduate certificate (PGCert) in Early Years Education with Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS). You will also achieve 60 masters-level credits.

Achieving EYTS means that you’ll be able to take on higher level and leadership roles to improve the experiences and life-chances of young children, providing them with the best start in life. EYTS is awarded and professionally accredited by The National College for Teaching and Learning (NCTL).

Our trained teachers are specialists in early childhood development and many go on to lead practice across the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

This course is fully funded. We also work in partnership with your current employer to provide training and support and offer your employer a £7,000 financial incentive to provide for your cover while you're at university and on placement.

This new course is in the final stages of development and small changes may occur. Check back for the most up-to-date information.

Course structure

On this programme you will spend the majority of your time in your current workplace, with two other placements working with other age ranges including at Key Stage 1. In your workplace and on your placements you will put into practice the skills you learn through your training, with regard to current research and relevant theories.

During university taught sessions you will engage with two masters level modules that will focus on:

  • critical analysis of early years research, theory and policy
  • reflecting on early years professional practice
  • leading practice in early years.

These sessions will support you to reflect on and analyse your own practice, as well as develop practice within your setting. The training programme is dynamic, tailored to your professional development needs.

You will be assessed via:

  • module assessment tasks such as written assignments in response to current research and policy in early years
  • a formative review to determine your progress in meeting the Early Years Teachers' Standards
  • a portfolio of evidence which relates to your practice against the Early Years Teachers' Standards
  • direct observation of your practice.

Areas of study 

Your training may include aspects of the following:

  • placement experience with the 0–5 age group including 14 days in a school at Key Stage 1 and 16 days with an alternative age range
  • development and learning in the 0–5 age group
  • presentation skills
  • reflective practice
  • leadership skills
  • working with sector professionals including speech and language therapists.

Placements 

As well as gaining further experience in your early years workplace, you will have the opportunity to undertake placements in other settings, including in a school at Key Stage 1 for a minimum of two weeks.

In addition you will also undertake a work placement with an alternative age range. So, for example, if you normally work with children aged 3–5, you would have a placement working with under 3s. This placement is for two days per week for eight weeks.

At the university we have close partnerships with local schools and early years settings to support your placements. The EYITT course team will help you to arrange them and you will have the support of mentors throughout.

Why train?

How you will benefit

  • Achieve a professional status (EYTS) and academic award at masters level (Postgraduate Certificate Early Years Education) 
  • Improve and change practice in your setting. 
  • Lead practice across the Early Years Foundation Stage.
  • Support and mentor your colleagues and others. 
  • Model skills and behaviours that safeguard and promote good outcomes for children. 

How your setting will benefit

  • Early years teachers are leaders of change and can manage and inspire those they work with.
  • Early years teachers have a wealth of up to date knowledge of effective practice that they have developed through training.
  • Ofsted recognises the difference graduates are making and you will be contributing to its vision for a highly skilled workforce.
  • Parents may be influenced to choose a setting that employs an early years teacher over one that doesn't.

Careers and employability

There is great demand for early years teachers to provide high-quality education for young children.

As an early years teacher, you’ll play an essential role in children’s development. By training to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), you’ll be able to use your knowledge and skills to ensure all children can experience high standards of learning.

You'll be equipped to make decisions based on the depth of your knowledge of the EYFS framework and of relevant theories and research. You'll also be alive to changing circumstances and able to respond flexibly with children’s interests at heart.



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Our course aims to. support you in becoming a specialist in early childhood development. enable you to gain a postgraduate certificate that reflects your specialist role working with babies and children from birth to five years old. Read more

Why choose this course

Our course aims to:
• support you in becoming a specialist in early childhood development
• enable you to gain a postgraduate certificate that reflects your specialist role working with babies and children from birth to five years old.

About this course:

Upon completing this course, you will be a specialist in early childhood development and will have Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS). This will reflect the specialist role that you have in working with babies and children from birth to five years old.
Early Years Teacher Status is awarded to graduates who have been judged to have met all of the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years) in practice. We offer both full and part-time options to gain EYTS.

Available pathways
We offer two pathways that you can choose to complete in order to achieve Early Years Teacher Status:
Graduate Entry (GE): (12 months full-time)
You’ll study Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) through reflective teaching modules, alongside academic modules and placements within the sector.
Graduate – Employment Based (GEB): (12 months part-time)
You’ll be currently working in an early years setting, and require training and further experience to demonstrate the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years). Alternatively, you may be a newly recruited graduate in an early years setting. You will study reflective teaching modules, alongside academic modules and your working practice.

Which pathway should I choose?
When you apply, we can help you to decide the right pathway for you.
A key element of your training is practical experience in an early years setting. Placements will help develop your key skill sets. As a minimum, you’ll spend the following periods of time training in the early years sector:
GE pathway - 120 days (24 weeks)
GEB pathway - As determined by the training programme.
Whichever pathway you choose, you must complete a minimum of two weeks in a school in Key Stage 1.
Throughout your PG Certificate in Early Years, you’ll complete assessed teaching placements and additional enhanced placement opportunities that will provide you with challenging, varied, and exciting experiences. For the duration of your placement, you will be supported by a placement/setting mentor and a University of Derby assessment mentor.
Upon completing your course, you’ll have earned 60 credits towards a masters qualification, which means you can progress to stage 2 of a masters degree and quickly progress in your professional career. Our tutors enjoy a strong reputation for the quality of their training, so you can be confident that you’ll be learning from a highly-qualified and competent team.
What is an Early Years Teacher?
Early Years Teachers will be specialists in early childhood development and will have Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS), reflecting the specialist role that they have in working with babies and children from birth to five years old.
Early Years Teachers make the education and care of babies and children their first concern. They are accountable for achieving the highest possible standards in their professional practice and conduct.
The Teachers’ Standards (Early Years) support the training, assessment and award of Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS). Early Years Teacher Status is awarded to graduates who have been judged to have met all of the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years) in practice from birth to five years old.
Early Years Teacher Status will be seen as the equivalent of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), as the entry requirements are the same as for Primary Initial Teacher Training (ITT).
For more information about the role of Early Years Teachers, visit National Careers Service.

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Choose Kingston's Early Years Teacher Birth to 5 leading to Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) PGCE. This employment based course provides intensive specialist training to become an early years teacher, enabling you to gain the Early Years Teacher Status in one year. Read more

Choose Kingston's Early Years Teacher Birth to 5 leading to Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) PGCE

This employment based course provides intensive specialist training to become an early years teacher, enabling you to gain the Early Years Teacher Status in one year.

This course will enable you to become an effective, inclusive and evidence informed teacher. At the heart of our course is a commitment to personalising your journey to Early Years Teacher Status. We'll help you to grow in confidence and competence by providing you with outstanding support as you train. We have high student satisfaction rates, as evidenced in the Guardian University League table for Education.

You'll find a supportive learning environment at the University. This will help you develop a deep understanding of the early years curriculum and acquire a range of teaching methods, based upon the latest research in education. We model good teaching as we train you, so you can transfer what you've experienced into your own practice. You will benefit from an additional contrasting placement.

You'll also benefit from a course that supports you in becoming a research-engaged teacher, who can use evidence to drive improvements in young people's learning and well being. Your PGCE modules form part of our Master of Research in Education, which you can continue with beyond your PGCE year.

What will you study?

You will gain a greater understanding of what it is to be an early years teacher within the Early Years Foundation Stage and the knowledge that underpins the delivery of this to babies and children in the birth to five years age range. Topics covered include, safeguarding and child protection, early literacy and phonics, early maths, personalised progress, tracking and leading and supporting. 

As an early years teacher, you play an essential role in children's development between birth and the age of five, providing high-quality early education. By training to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage whilst undertaking the course, you will learn how to use your knowledge and skills to ensure children benefit from a high standard of early years teaching.

The Graduate Employment Based pathway is designed for graduates working in an early years setting who require additional training and further experience to demonstrate the Early Years Teacher Standards.

You will attend taught sessions once a week, usually a Friday from 9.00am until 5.00pm.

Trainees will also be required to undertake a the minimum of a two-week alternative placement in an appropriate early years setting as well as 10 days in a Key Stage 1 school. However, depending on experience this may be extended to four weeks if it is identified that the trainee requires more experience in a specific age group within an early years setting. 

Early years teachers will be specialists in birth to five years old and will be ideally placed to fulfill the needs of employers in private and independent settings and schools to provide high quality education and care for babies and young children.

Assessment

Professional placement in early years setting

  • You will receive formative feedback against the Early Years Teachers' Standards. You will be given regular feedback against these, with targets that enable you to grow in confidence and ability.
  • At the end of your training you will be summatively assessed against the Early Years Teachers' Standards. This will be used as a key part of the decision to recommend you for Early Years Teacher Status.

PGCE Academic Modules

  • You will complete one assignment in each of the level 7 modules. These assignments are designed to deepen your understanding of teaching through engaging with evidence in the context of your own practice.


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The PGCE Early Childhood Education with recommendation for Early Years Teacher Status is funded by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) for the Initial Teacher Training for specialist early years teachers (birth to five years). Read more

The PGCE Early Childhood Education with recommendation for Early Years Teacher Status is funded by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) for the Initial Teacher Training for specialist early years teachers (birth to five years).

Visit the website: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/courses/postgraduate/early-childhood-education-with-early-years-teacher-status.aspx

Course detail

There are two routes for this course. The Graduate Entry (Mainstream) and the Graduate Entry (Employment Based).

The Graduate Entry (Mainstream) is a twelve month, full-time course suitable for high calibre graduates who have limited experience of working with children from birth to five, but who are looking to pursue a career working in early years.

On this pathway you will work for some periods of the week in a minimum of two placements, undertake a number of PGCE modules and attend Early Years Teacher Status professional study days.

The Graduate Entry (Employment Based) pathway is suitable for graduates working in an early years setting or who require training and further experience to demonstrate the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years), or for newly recruited graduates in an early years setting who need to undertake early years ITT through an employment based route.

Suitability

This postgraduate route into teaching is a credible career choice for students wishing to pursue specialisation and expertise as a teacher with children from birth to five years.

Content

All PGCE pathways cover three main areas: Curriculum Studies, Professional Studies and Enhanced Studies. The Early Childhood Education pathway is designed to complement professional practice and the academic study should be informed by and inform practice.

In Curriculum Studies modules and taught days, you will develop your understanding and knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, pedagogy and resources to support the teaching.

As you progress through your studies and can apply your learning to practical teaching situations, you will be introduced to a wider range of critical perspectives on teaching and learning in the early years. You will be expected to apply that critical reflection to your own teaching.

In Professional Studies modules and taught days, you will learn about broader aspects of education and the early years, its role in society and communities and how education policy and practice has an impact on schools. Key principles and values in early years education will be explored as you develop your own theories of education and reflect critically on others.

In the Enhanced Studies module and taught days, you will have the opportunity to choose a particular aspect of early years education and to study that in greater depth. Your learning in this context will enable you to reflect more strongly and critically on your own emerging identity as an early years teacher.

On completion of the course you will be awarded your Early Years Teacher Status from the National College of Teaching and Leadership. The Early Years Teacher Status is subject to the relevant standards and requirements set out by the Department for Education which are subject to change.

Format

You can expect to receive 50 hours academic direction for each module in a university taught session. The range of learning and teaching strategies is a central component of the design and planning of the PGCE Early Childhood Education pathway on the ITE course.

There is an expectation of 150 hours practice learning and independent study to support your individual and collaborative learning. We will use of a range of ways of engaging you in critical debate and discussion during taught sessions, including talk partners, small group discussion and micro-teaching, while enhancing the experience with practical, creative and active learning.

The Graduate Entry (Mainstream) students on this course are required to be in placement for 120 days. These placements are linked to two credit bearing modules and will contain the assessment process for the recommendation of the award of Early Years Teacher Status. The placements will be in settings for children from birth to five years and will be sourced by the Partnership Team in line with the University placement procedures and processes.

Students studying on the employment pathway (Graduate Entry Employment Based) will be able to use their current employment as their base location in addition to contrasting placements to meet the requirements of the course. On commencing the course they will complete a needs analysis with tutors so that gaps in their knowledge, skills and experience can be highlighted; in this way additional placements will be arranged to ensure these students can cover the breadth of the 0-5 years subject area.

Assessment

Early Childhood Education PGCE pathway students who opt for the PGCE modules (either as a whole or for separate Masters level modules) will be assessed in two main ways – via academic assignments and via assessment of your teaching.

You will submit academic assignments for 20 credits in curriculum, professional and enhanced studies. Each submission will include a written element, but you may also be assessed via presentation or practical performance as relevant to your subject or chosen options. You can achieve up to 60 Masters (Level 7) credits (except in the PGCE Modular pathway which offers up to 40 Masters (Level 7) credits.)

What can I do next?

On successful completion students will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Education with Early Years Teacher Status. Students may have already achieved 60 Masters level credits and may wish to continue studies by applying for the MA Early Childhood Education.

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow this link: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/how-to-apply/how-to-apply.aspx

Fees and Funding

See our Teacher Education Funding page to discover the scholarships and bursaries available.

View http://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/fees-and-funding/teacher-education-funding.aspx



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The mainstream graduate entry pathway on the Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) programme is designed for those who wish to work with babies and children from birth to five years old. Read more

The mainstream graduate entry pathway on the Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) programme is designed for those who wish to work with babies and children from birth to five years old. Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) will be awarded to graduates who have been judged to have met all of the Teachers' Standards (Early Years).

About this programme

Early Years Teachers will be specialists in early childhood development and the EYFS Framework. As highly skilled graduate leaders, they will be responsible for facilitating and leading high quality professional practice in early years settings. Participants will leave the programme as reflective practitioners who work with integrity, fostering positive relationships with parents/carers and children as well as other professionals.

Students undertake modules to the value of 60 credits.

The programme consists of three core modules (60 credits total), plus 130 placement days across the range of ages within the EYFS and a 10 day key stage 1/2 placement.

Where less than 60 credits are achieved at Master’s level (level 7), but are successfully passed at undergraduate/Bachelor’s level (level 6), a Professional Graduate Certificate of Education (PgCE) will be awarded.

An additional pathway is also available for those already employed in an early years setting.

Core modules

  • Teaching and Learning Module (level 7)
  • The Action Research Module (level 7)
  • Professional Practice Module (level 6)

Optional modules

  • There are no optional modules on this programme.

Placement

The programme consists of 130 placement days, in at least 2 EYFS settings, and a 10 day KS1/2 placement.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered via a combination of taught sessions, workshops and work-based learning. The content of the programme aims to keep a careful balance between early years initiatives, educational theory and its practical application. Setting-based learning means that academic knowledge, skills and understanding are clearly integrated and contextualised within the professional role of an early years practitioner.

Further information on modules and programme structure is available on the department website: Early Years Initial Teacher Training (mainstream pathway)

Careers

Early years teachers can work in all private, voluntary and independent (PVI) early years settings which is where the majority of children and early years provision is based. They can also work in free schools, academies and independent schools which can employ teaching staff without the requirement for them to have QTS.

Employability

Recent research such as the EPPE Project (Sylva et al, 2010) has provided sound evidence that high quality early education teaching and care can have a powerful impact on young children, not only preparing them for school, but contributing to positive outcomes later in life (Prout, 1999). Acknowledging the key importance that quality education has on the outcomes for young children from their earliest years, government reforms in initial teacher education are focused on the years birth to five. Consequently, graduates from this specialist EYITT programme are highly sought after throughout the EYFS sector..

Why study this programme at UCL?

Students on the Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) programme benefit enormously from the complementary skills and expertise of staff in partnership schools and at the IOE.

The EYITT route complements other existing initial teacher education programmes at the IOE by harnessing the expertise of internationally renowned lecturers and well respected researchers in early years education.

At IOE we have a long tradition of working in partnership with inner city, London settings and schools. The placement settings offer teaching experience where practitioners serve as mentors and joint assessors for our student Early Years teachers. IOE tutors have extensive experience of teaching, school management, inspection, research and consultancy.

Accreditation

Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) will be recommended for graduates who have been judged to have met all of the Early Years Teachers' Standards.



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Develop a variety of teaching approaches to become an outstanding teacher of children in Early Years. Read more
Develop a variety of teaching approaches to become an outstanding teacher of children in Early Years.

Partnerships with local schools and early years settings give you opportunities to put theory into practice on two contrasting placements, supported by experienced mentors and University staff as you develop the knowledge and skills to meet the national requirements for Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS).

This course is accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (a department of the Department for Education) to deliver Initial Teacher Training

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/early-years-birth-to-7-with-eyts

Course detail

• Study on a course designed to enable you to join a challenging and rewarding profession – becoming an effective and inspiring teacher who draws on broad knowledge and secure understanding of early years teaching and learning theories – delivered by a long-established teacher training partnership
• Explore your passion for working with babies and young children, as you apply your subject knowledge and expertise to planning and managing early years teaching, and hone your skills of critical self-evaluation and improvement
• Develop your experience in the workplace as well as research interests that you can apply to your own practice
• Gain knowledge of key policy developments in the Early Years and foundation phase, with added consideration of international perspectives
• Benefit from a qualification that gives you recommendation for Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS), enabling you to work in a nursery, private childcare setting, free school and academy; to start your own setting or take up work as a childminder
• Pursue continuous development through further study at MA/MSc, MPhil, PhD and EdD levels.

Modules

• The Professional Early Years Practitioner
• High Quality Practice in the Early Years
• The Early Years Researcher
• The Reflective Early Years Practitioner

Assessment

You will be assessed through a range of tasks, including presentations, portfolios, development of resources, research proposals, written tasks and a research project in an area of particular interest to you.

As part of your Early Years placement, you will be observed teaching and working with young children by your mentor and University tutor. This will support your development as an Early Years teacher and allow you to focus on ensuring that you meet the necessary Early Years Teacher Standards.

In all your assessments, you will be encouraged and supported to make links between your developing practice in the workplace and your unit assessments.

Careers

Early Years Teacher Status is a new nationally-recognised qualification. This course will place you at the forefront of the profession.

The course enables you to become an outstanding practitioner in an early years setting and school, qualified to teach young children from birth to age 5.

You will keep abreast of policy and research developments, engage in research at your own setting and work with families and other professionals to improve outcomes for babies and young children.

You are also likely to take up further study to Masters Level, e.g. MA Education, MA Education (Early Years), MA Education (Special Educational Needs), MA Education (Leadership) and beyond.

Funding

For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

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Early years teachers play an essential role in a child's development, providing high-quality early education. The quality of teacher training at Greenwich in the areas of early years was rated good by Ofsted in its recent report. Read more

Early years teachers play an essential role in a child's development, providing high-quality early education.

The quality of teacher training at Greenwich in the areas of early years was rated good by Ofsted in its recent report. The report found that the programme has "the firm commitment of its leaders to meeting the needs of local early years settings and schools by providing skilled early years teachers."

If you are currently working in the early years sector and wish to gain Early Years Teacher Status, our part-time postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) programme will be for you. You will need an undergraduate degree in a related subject and permission from your employer to be released for study and to attend placements as necessary.

As an early years teacher, you will provide high-quality early education. Our programme will teach you how to use your knowledge and skills to ensure all children have access to high standards of learning. It is awarded to graduates who have been judged to have met all of the Teachers' Standards (Early Years) in practice from birth to five years old.

Funding

Your tuition fees will be covered by a National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) grantand your employer will receive up to £7,000 to cover your release. The Teachers' Standards (Early Years) support the training, assessment and award of EYTS.

Location

Located at the university's prestigious Greenwich campus, the PGCE Early Years programme has world-renowned attractions right on its doorstep from the Cutty Sark to Greenwich Park.

With the opening of the highly anticipated Dreadnought Building on the horizon, not only will you study in the heart of the Greenwich Campus, but you will also have access to state-of-the-art learning, teaching and social spaces.

Part time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Assessment

This programme is assessed in a variety of ways, including reports, essays, presentations and practical performance.

Professional recognition

This programme is accredited through the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL). Early Years Teacher Status is awarded when all the early years teaching standards have been judged to be met. This award does not lead to Qualified Teacher Status.

Careers

Specialists with Early Years Teacher Status can aspire to become leaders of practice in early years settings.



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The employment-based route on the Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) programme is designed for those already working with babies and children from birth to five years old. Read more

The employment-based route on the Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) programme is designed for those already working with babies and children from birth to five years old. Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) will be awarded to graduates who have been judged to have met all of the Teachers' Standards Early Years).

About this programme

Early Years Teachers will be specialists in early childhood development and the EYFS Framework. As highly skilled graduate leaders, they will be responsible for facilitating and leading high quality professional practice in early years settings. Participants will leave the programme as reflective practitioners who work with integrity, fostering positive relationships with parents/carers and children as well as other professionals.

Students undertake modules to the value of 60 credits.

Participants will be working to a timetable of no more than 90 per cent of full time working hours and be released for training and study days. Students take three core modules (60 credits total). In addition to this, students will undertake placements in at least one other setting, in order to cover the full 0-5 age range.

Where less than 60 credits are achieved at Master’s level (level 7), but are successfully passed at undergraduate/Bachelor’s level (level 6), a Professional Graduate Certificate of Education (PgCE) will be awarded.

An additional pathway is also available for those who wish to study full-time.

Core modules

  • Teaching and Learning Module (level 7)
  • The Action Research Module (level 7)
  • Professional Practice Module (level 6)

There are no optional modules on this programme.

Placement

Students will undertake placements in order to cover the full 0-5 age range, including 10 days in a Key Stage 1/2 placement.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered via a combination of taught sessions, workshops and work-based learning. The content of the programme aims to keep a careful balance between early years initiatives, educational theory and its practical application. Work-based learning means that academic knowledge, skills and understanding are clearly integrated and contextualised within the professional role of an early years practitioner.

Further information on modules and programme structure is available on the department website: Early Years Initial Teacher Training (employment pathway)

Careers

Early years teachers can work in all private, voluntary and independent (PVI) early years settings which is where the majority of children and early years provision is based. They can also work in free schools, academies and independent schools which can employ teaching staff without the requirement for them to have QTS.

Employability

Recent research such as the EPPE Project (Sylva et al, 2010) has provided sound evidence that high quality early education teaching and care can have a powerful impact on young children, not only preparing them for school, but contributing to positive outcomes later in life (Prout, 1999). Acknowledging the key importance that quality education has on the outcomes for young children from their earliest years, government reforms in initial teacher education are focused on the years birth to five. Consequently, successful graduates of the specialist EYITT programme find that they are highly sought after throughout the EYFS sector.

Why study this programme at UCL?

Students on the Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) programme benefit enormously from the complementary skills and expertise of staff in partnership schools/settings and at the IOE.

The EYITT route complements other existing initial teacher education programmes at the IOE by both harnessing the expertise of internationally renowned lecturers and well respected researchers in early years education.

At the IOE we have a long tradition of working in partnership with inner city, London settings and schools. The placement settings offer teaching experience where practitioners serve as mentors and joint assessors for our student Early Years teachers. IOE tutors have extensive experience of teaching, school management, inspection, research and consultancy.

Accreditation

Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) will be recommended for graduates who have been judged to have met all of the Early Years Teachers' Standards.



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Taught at our Riverside Campus in Chester, our Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) is a pathway to qualifying as a teacher of the 0-5 age range. Read more
Taught at our Riverside Campus in Chester, our Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) is a pathway to qualifying as a teacher of the 0-5 age range.

This qualification is designed for highly qualified staff who will lead delivery of the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework in the early years sector. The University of Chester is an accredited provider and runs three routes to EYTS.

Why Study Early Years Practice with us?

The Faculty of Education and Children's Services at the University of Chester is both forward-looking, preparing trainee teachers and the wider children’s workforce for the 21st century, and yet equally proud of its history and tradition. The Postgraduate Certificate in Early Years Practice with Early Years Teacher Status is a new and exciting course which provides a bespoke experience that will build upon your extensive practice and allow you to make personal professional decisions in your continuing professional development.

We offer three training routes:
- Graduate Employment Based
- Graduate Entry
- Assessment Only

What will I learn?

Our course aims to secure your professional and academic learning by:
- promoting scholarship
- cultivating original thinking
- facilitating critical reflection
- stimulating research and enquiry
- influencing impact and change.

The course will allow you to use your subject knowledge and experience to contribute and impact positively on the holistic education of children in the 0-5 age range.

You will develop a critical understanding of appropriate pedagogical approaches to work with children and families in a diverse society.

How will I be taught?

University-based modules are held at Riverside Campus. We employ a range of approaches, including lectures, seminars, group work, directed tasks, independent research and individual and group tutorials. This interaction between tutors and students may be online or face to face.
University contact time for Graduate Entry and Graduate Employment Based is approximately 40 days, spread throughout the year to support both the student experience in settings and the Master’s modules and assessment. There is an expectation that this will also be supported by you undertaking approximately 180 hours’ independent study per module.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be by:
- a 4,000-word essay
- an academic poster presentation
- a critically reflective portfolio providing evidence towards the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years).

The assessed placement involves 120 days in an assessed early years setting, Reception Class and Key Stage 1.

Postgraduate Visit Opportunities

If you are interested in this courses we have a number of opportunities to visit us and our campuses. To find out more about these options and to book a visit, please go to: https://www1.chester.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/postgraduate-visit-opportunities

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to know more about the University please request a prospectus at: http://prospectus.chester.ac.uk/form.php

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This programme will equip you with the skills, understanding and experience to become a leader of learning in a wide variety of Early Years settings, including primary schools, nursery settings and children’s centres. Read more
This programme will equip you with the skills, understanding and experience to become a leader of learning in a wide variety of Early Years settings, including primary schools, nursery settings and children’s centres.

You will be trained across the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, combining on-campus study with high quality training in schools, ensuring you gain the experience to be an outstanding teacher of children aged 3-7.

On completion of the course you will have the confidence to take up your first teaching post with a clear appreciation of the latest approaches and strategies to teaching theory, combined with extensive practical experience, to enable you to educate and inspire Early Years children.

What will I study?

The programme starts with an extensive subject knowledge and understanding audit, to identify your main strengths and weaknesses, and enable your tutor to focus on your individual development needs.

The PGCE consists of four main elements:

- Personal and Professional Development – you will develop your learning skills and will learn how to reflect upon and take charge of your own development as a trainee teacher. Gaining knowledge of how children learn and how their needs differ, you will also develop strategies for the core skills of planning, assessment, teaching and class management, along with an understanding of the education system, and of the wider professional role of a teacher in school. A critical appreciation of theoretical perspectives, philosophies and research-based findings will also be conveyed;

- Curriculum – you will learn about the National Curriculum at Key Stage 1 for each subject and how to plan, teach, and assess it across the whole primary age range. You will also learn about the Early Years Foundation Stage and the areas of Learning and Development within this;

- Specialist Strand – you will follow this both at Edge Hill University and in school. The aim is to enable you to pursue your own particular interests in Early Years and prepare for an eventual leadership role in schools or settings;

- Research Specialism – you will be immersed in the contemporary key theories and principles of early years education and undertake a relevant small-scale research project.
The importance of play-based learning will be examined in each element. Cross-curricular themes are also considered as are the practical skills of planning for learning, promoting positive attitudes and working in an extended team and with parents and carers.

One of the most important elements of this programme is the practical teaching experience you will gain through placement in one of our partnership schools or nurseries. This hands-on approach is combined with tutor-led sessions and self-study so that you can increase your ability to plan, teach and manage the learning of children aged 3-7 years. You will learn how to teach pupils across the ability range, how to assess pupils’ progress in learning, manage behaviour and maintain a happy learning environment.

The programme will develop your understanding of how children learn and also consider behaviour management, child development and other important professional issues related to the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. You will be encouraged to develop as a reflective and well informed professional.

How will I study?

A combination of academic study, group discussion and reflection, practical and work-based learning in the classroom will give you the knowledge and skills you need to become an excellent teacher. You will be supported by online and distance learning materials and encouraged to develop key skills, including the use of ICT, to support your own learning.

The course involves a significant amount of time in schools and settings. You will complete a series of placements in Early Years Foundation Stage classrooms (age range 3-7 years) and Key Stage 1 classrooms (age range 5-7 years). Here, you will work alongside mentors and peers to further your professional development.

In schools and Early Years settings you will undertake a range of differentiated training experiences which will be closely linked to your individual targets. Your teaching timetable will increase in relation to responsibility, as your training progresses and you become more confident and competent in the classroom. You will progressively assume the responsibility for the children and their achievement and progress, involving excellence in teaching, learning and assessment.

How will I be assessed?

A balanced combination of coursework and observed classroom experience will be assessed against the Professional Standards for QTS.

Before the end of your PGCE you will need to complete a Career Entry and Development Profile (CEDP) which acts as a useful bridge between your initial teacher training programme and your Induction Year as a Newly Qualified Teacher.

Who will be teaching me?

The teaching team delivering this programme has a wide range of experience and expertise as Early Years practitioners, local authority advisers, teachers in school and university tutors. They are committed to being at the forefront of developments and research within Early Years education.

What are my career prospects?

Successful completion of this PGCE allows you to gain a recommendation for QTS.

You will be well placed to progress into employment as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) in Early Years settings.

Our graduates obtain work in schools across the UK and abroad and we offer excellent support to help you gain a first post as a Newly Qualified Teacher. You will have an ability to teach in Primary schools and Early Years settings, a strong knowledge of Primary education and excellent classroom skills, so that you meet and exceed the national standards for Qualified Teacher Status.

You will also have a thorough understanding of how to teach the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum in creative ways that excite and stimulate children whilst ensuring that they make good progress. Skills in monitoring and managing your development, and an ability to reflect on alternative approaches to education, will help you to make your own informed choices and aid your career progression.

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As an early years teacher, you play an essential role in a child's development. The quality of teacher training at Greenwich in the areas of early years was rated 'Good' by Ofsted in its recent report. Read more

As an early years teacher, you play an essential role in a child's development.

The quality of teacher training at Greenwich in the areas of early years was rated 'Good' by Ofsted in its recent report. The report commented on the "trainees' warm relationships with the children and the high level of care they provide" as well as identifying that "trainees understand and take account of children's individual needs".

If you wish to gain Early Years Teacher Status, our full-time programme is for you. Our professional programme will teach you how to provide high-quality early years education. We will create an individual training plan unique to you and you will learn how to use your knowledge and skills to ensure all children have access to high standards of learning.

During your time with us, you will develop your professional practice with children from birth to five years, as well as your leadership skills. You will also support and lead reflective practice and quality provision.

Funding

You could be eligible for your tuition fees to be covered by a National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) grant and there are also bursaries of up to £5,000 for graduates with a firstclass degree, £4,000 for graduates with a 2:1, and £2,000 for graduates with a 2:2. Visit the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) website for more information.

Location

Located at the university's prestigious Greenwich Campus, the Early Years Teacher status Professional PGCE programme has world renowned attractions right on its doorstep from the Cutty Sark to Greenwich Park.

With the opening of the highly anticipated Dreadnought Building on the horizon, not only will you study in the heart of the Greenwich campus, but you will also have access to state-of-the-art learning, teaching and social spaces.

Full time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 1 course from this list of options.

Students are required to choose 1 course from this list of options.

Assessment

The programme is assessed in a variety of ways, including reports, essays, presentations and practical performance. All assessment is designed to enhance your professional development and strengthen your understanding of early years issues (from birth to age five years of age).

Professional recognition

This programme is accredited through the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL). Early Years Teacher Status is awarded when all the early years teaching standards have been judged to be met. This award does not lead to Qualified Teacher Status.

Careers

Early years specialists with Early Years Teacher Status can aspire to become leaders of practice in early years settings.



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This full-time route is for new graduates and career changers who will not be employed in the early years sector during the training. Read more
This full-time route is for new graduates and career changers who will not be employed in the early years sector during the training. It is based at the University of Warwick and includes 120 placement days in schools and early years settings.

The EYITT is a government endorsed scheme through which you will gain Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS). This will allow you to teach the Early Years Foundation Stage in an early years setting.

Route 1: University-Led

This full-time route is for new graduates and career changers who will not be employed in the early years sector during the training. It is based at the University of Warwick and includes 120 placement days in schools and early years settings.

Route 2: Employer-Led

This part-time route is for graduates who are already employed in an early years setting/early years department of a school within a 50 mile radius of our campus (CV4 8EE). It provides hands-on training in an employment setting. This route is also available to childminders. Occasionally we can provide you with support in finding employment while you study through this route.

Information for Employers
-As an employer you will receive £7,000 (funding from the government) to cover the cost of your 16 University days and 6 week alternative placement.
-As a partner, the employer will be entitled to attend any of our Early Years CPD for free.
-A qualification in Early Years Teaching has a strong element in the Ofsted inspection.
-There is more flexibility with Early Year Teachers, ratios 1:13 compared to 1:8.
-Parents will be encouraged in their decision making process on selecting a nursery with staff who have obtained qualifications such as the EYITT.

Route 3: Assessment Only

This short route is for experienced graduates who are already employed in an early years setting/early years department of a school, and are able to demonstrate the Early Years Teaching Standards without further training.

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Do you want to work with children from birth to five years old (including Reception) in the public and private sectors? Achieve Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) in just one year with this Masters-level course. Read more
Do you want to work with children from birth to five years old (including Reception) in the public and private sectors? Achieve Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) in just one year with this Masters-level course.

Early Years learning primarily focuses on the following ideas:
-What constitutes ‘quality’ in Early Years education?
-Equity, inclusion and justice for the pre-school child and the wider family
-Ideas of communication, imagination, language and literacy, and provision for the bi/trilingual child
-Understandings of early mathematical and scientific development
-Discourses of nurture, care and attachment

How will I study?

Choose from two routes through this course:
-If you follow the Employment route, you’ll work part or full time in an Early Years setting during your period of study. Your employer receives remuneration to support your studies.
-If you follow the Graduate route, you’ll be placed full time in an Early Years setting and you may be eligible for a bursary.

Over your study period, you spend up to 120 days working in an Early Years setting (this will vary depending on whether you are taking the Employment route or the Graduate route to achieve EYTS).

You’ll have experience of an alternative Early Years setting and a Key Stage 1 placement within the year. On average, you spend one day per week at the University where taught components of the course are delivered.

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Chancellor's International Scholarship (2017)
-25 scholarships of a 50% tuition fee waiver
-Application deadline: 1 May 2017

HESPAL Scholarship (Higher Education Scholarships Scheme for the Palestinian Territories) (2017)
-Two full fee waivers in conjuction with maintenance support from the British Council
-Application deadline: 1 January 2017

PGCE First-Generation Scholars Award (2017)
-£600 maintenance award to PGCE students with a household income below £42,875

USA Friends Scholarships (2017)
-A scholarship of an amount equivalent to $10,000 for nationals or residents of the USA on a one year taught Masters degree course
-Application deadline: 3 April 2017

Careers

This MA with Early Years Teachers Status (EYTS) offers the opportunity to combine Masters-level study with practical experience of teaching and researching in the Early Years Foundation Stage. You deepen your knowledge and understanding of educational theory and practice, and develop your skills in:
-Research and analysis
-Presentation and communication
-Critical reflection

With these skills you’ll have a wide range of educational careers open to you – nationally and internationally.

If you’re a professional in employment, this course gives you excellent opportunities for career development and progression into Early Years leadership in a range of private and state-maintained settings.

If you’re a new graduate, it provides a springboard into Early Years teaching in both the public and private sector.

As a qualified Early Years Teacher with EYTS, you can teach within private nursery and day-care settings. Free Schools and Academies can employ you to teach Reception children as a full class teacher, while in state-maintained nurseries or Reception classes, you will be qualified to teach with the support of a member of staff with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

The terrain of Early Years educational provision is fast changing. This Masters course has been designed to equip you with all the necessary skills and dispositions to lead in this sector.

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The programme allows students to engage with current issues and debates relevant to early years education, increasing understanding of policy development and developing leadership knowledge and skills to assess the quality of early years practice. Read more

The programme allows students to engage with current issues and debates relevant to early years education, increasing understanding of policy development and developing leadership knowledge and skills to assess the quality of early years practice. Students gain understanding of general methodology and research methods, which enables them to conduct research in early years settings.

About this degree

This programme provides the opportunity for students to access professional development that is informed by best practice in early years education. It will also prepare students for leadership roles and develop their understanding of general methodology and research methods.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of three core modules (90 credits), one optional module (30 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules

  • Contemporary Issues in the Early Years
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Researching Early Years and Primary Education

Optional modules

  • Leadership in Early Childhood Education

Students can also choose one from a wide range of Master's-level optional modules across the IOE offering.

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a 20,000-word dissertation.

Teaching and learning

This programme is delivered through face-to-face evening sessions. Assessment is through assignments and a dissertation.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Early Years Education MA

Careers

Graduates of the Early Years Education MA are currently working as nursery teachers and managers, primary school teachers, advisers to local and national government and researchers on early childhood programmes.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Day Nursery Team Leader and Pre-School Teacher, Working Mums Daycare & Pre-School
  • Pre-School Teacher / Owner, Kyalulu Preschool
  • PhD Early Years Education, Institute of Education, University of London (IOE)
  • Day School Teacher (Early Years), Girls' Day School Trust (GDST) and studying MPhil/PhD Education, Institute of Education, University of London (IOE)

Employability

By taking this programme students develop an international, critical and deep understanding of early years leadership, curriculum, pedagogy and assessment.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Early Years Education staff team at UCL Institute of Education (IOE) have been at the forefront of international research for two decades including the renowned Effective Pre-School, Primary and Secondary Education (EPPSE) project.

The research and teaching team specialise in early years leadership, pedagogy and curriculum and assessment

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Learning & Leadership

78% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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Our. MA Education Early Years Pathway. offers opportunities for graduates who work in early years to extend their knowledge, understanding and skills in ways that are ‘inspiring and eye opening. Read more

Our MA Education Early Years Pathway offers opportunities for graduates who work in early years to extend their knowledge, understanding and skills in ways that are ‘inspiring and eye opening: it will change the way you think’ (MA Education Early Years Pathway student).

With a thriving community of practice, the Early Years department has a well-earned national reputation. Our tutors have all taught in schools and are experts in their own disciplines within the Early Years field.

Our MA Education Early Years Pathway offers opportunities for graduates who work in early years to extend their knowledge, understanding and skills in ways that are ‘inspiring and eye opening: it will change the way you think’ (MA Education Early Years Pathway student).

Throughout the course we encourage you to engage with other professional colleagues and specialist tutors in order to develop a secure understanding of the issues and dynamics of Early Years teaching, ultimately informing your professional practice.

This course enables you to:

  • critically evaluate the impact of recent legislation and policy on Early Years provision
  • enhance your knowledge and understanding of children’s development in its widest sense
  • investigate and critique theoretical perspectives in early childhood and their applications to practice
  • engage with multi-disciplinary research and literature influencing developments in Early Years policy and practice
  • critically explore developments in the Early Years field, in the UK and internationally

This programme normally runs three times a year with September, January and May starts.



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