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. UWE Bristol is an accredited provider and runs two routes to Early Years Teacher Status.
EYTS is awarded and accredited by The National College for Teaching and Learning (NCTL).
Graduate route (full-time)
This route is suitable for those with a degree (in any subject but not a Foundation degree) or equivalent and a desire to work in childcare. No previous experience necessary, although you would need to complete a two week placement in a childcare setting prior to beginning the course. The training is for 12 months full-time with 3 x 6 week block placements, in baby, toddler and pre-school age phase. Students are registered on the MA (Early Years). 90 credits of the MA qualification are completed over the duration of the year with option to accrue an additional 30 credits in the following year.
Graduate route (Employment based)
This route is for graduates who are currently employed in an early years' setting who wish to qualify as an EYT while continuing to work in practise. The training is for 12 months part-time with students being registered on the MA (Early Years). 90 credits of the MA qualification are completed over the duration of the year with an option to accrue an additional 30 credits in the following year. All fees are paid and additional payment of up to a current maximum of £7,000 per year can be made available to settings for supply cover.
This route is for students who wish to gain EYTS alongside the BA (Hons) Early Childhood degree. There is no additional fee payable for EYTS above the normal course fees for the Early Childhood degree.
- Graduate route -
Assessment is through essays and a substantial EYTS Portfolio (in the 60 credit module). Depending on the selection of the final module, assessment could be by essay, independent long study, or through a research plan.
- Undergraduate route -
Through written assignments and practice-based portfolios which present evidence that a student has met the Standards for EYTS.
Careers / Further study
The Early Years Teacher Qualification leads to work in the early years' sector with children aged 0 to 5 years. Successful candidates are also permitted to teach in reception classes of free Schools, academies or independent schools.
- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –
The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.
Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.