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Early Childhood Education and Care (0-5) with EYTS (graduate employment route) PGCE

Course Description

This course is aimed at people who are currently working with young children aged 0-5 years in early years settings including children's centres, schools and private day care. You deepen your knowledge and understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and early childhood development for young children.

During the course you cover developing the curriculum and pedagogy for the age phases 0-3 and 3-5 years. You also gain knowledge and understanding of transition issues, including children's progress through key stages 1 and 2.

Supported by experienced workplace mentors, you extend your knowledge and professional skills in key areas including

  • the observation and assessment of young children's development
  • children's development and learning through play
  • children's participation and inclusion
  • collaborative working with parents and carers
  • the leadership of staff teams

During your training you strengthen your expertise in teaching early literacy, including reading, and mathematics, including numeracy. The course also enhances your skills in supporting children's learning and development across all the prime and specific areas of the EYFS. You deepen your understanding of the characteristics of effective learning that are key to this stage of development.

You complete an assessed teaching practice in your home school or early years setting, and a second assessed placement with a younger or older age-group in a second school or early years setting. Placement experience is organised so that you cover the three age groups within the 0-5 age range.

Throughout your course you are supported to develop a range of relevant academic and professional skills at graduate and postgraduate level. This supports and enhances your career potential, opening up opportunities for higher level posts within early years services.

Professional recognition

By meeting the standards for Early Years Teacher Status, you are recognised as an Early Years Teacher (0-5) with EYTS by the http://www.nationalcollege.org.uk/index" target="_blank">National College of Teaching and Leadership.

Course content

Key areas include

  • child development for babies, toddlers and young children
  • the Early Years Foundation Stage
  • play in early childhood
  • working with families
  • leadership
  • working across professional boundaries


  • course work including reflective writing, presentations and e-portfolio
  • practice during placements


Previous students have gained roles as early years teachers in private nurseries, preschools and children's centres, working with children and their families.

Early career roles are often practice based but involve some form of leadership such as a room leader, EYT leading practice across a setting or SENCO co-ordinating provision for children with special education needs. Students have also gained practitioner roles in schools, working with young children aged 2 - 5.

There are developing opportunities in schools, as schools extend provision to two-year-olds. Early career salaries on graduation vary across the early years sector, starting at around £16,000 going up to £24,000.

For experienced early years teachers, there are good opportunities for career progression leading to higher level leadership roles. These roles include private nursery manager, nursery chain teacher and children's centres co-ordinator or manager, where you would lead a multiprofessional team. Salaries range between £25,000 and £40,000.

Some graduates take up teaching roles in further education, with salaries starting at £25,000. Others continue their academic and professional development at masters level.

Visit the Early Childhood Education and Care (0-5) with EYTS (graduate employment route) PGCE page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Normally a GCSE grade C in English, mathematics and science or equivalent*, plus one of the following
• 2.1 degree or above
• 2.2 degree plus evidence of at least one year's work experience in an early years foundation stage setting, working as an early years practitioner, teaching assistant or unqualified teacher
• current employment as a teacher, practitioner or manager in an early years foundation stage class or setting

You must also successfully complete QTS skills tests in numeracy and literacy as designated by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

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Last Updated

02 August 2017

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