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Early Years Initial Teacher Training


Course Description

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.

Visit the Early Years Initial Teacher Training page on the University of Warwick website for more details!

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Primary and Early Years Teaching

"The teacher training at Warwick was fantastic. Knowledgeable staff, engaging lectures and several opportunities to learn outside the school or lecture room. The course equipped me with the practical skills, subject knowledge and confidence to become an outstanding teacher. The analogy of the PGCE course being like climbing a mountain is spot on. It is very challenging, but if you keep going - the view from the top is amazing! I now teach Reception and it does not feel like work at all - it is a pleasure."

Donna, PGCE Alumni


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Entry Requirements

On application you must have graduated, or be about to graduate, from a UK Higher Educational Institute or equivalent, with a 2:2 or above honours degree. Preference is given to candidates with a 2:1 or above honours degree in a relevant subject. Lower class level 6 degrees will be considered provided you have the relevant work experience. GCSEs in English Language, Mathematics and Science. As part of your application, you must pass the Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy. It is recommended you gain as much School Experience in mainstream UK schools/early years settings as possible.

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