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PGCE Early Years Initial Teacher Training

Course Description

The PGCE in Early Years Initial Teacher-Training is ideal for you if are a graduate working in an Early Years setting, who requires training and further experience to demonstrate the Teachers' Standards (Early Years). Specifically focussed on the 0 - 5 age range, the course builds your understanding of the theory, policy and practice of working with very young children. It equips you to meet all the Teachers' Standards (Early Years) whilst developing your leadership and management skills to continually review, reflect and improve your professional practice.

What will I study?

The modules have been developed to support you in meeting all the Teachers' Standards (Early Years), whilst working in an early years setting with children aged 0 - 5 and their families.

Modules will generally run on a term-basis and utilise a range of teaching methods designed to fit around your working life.

Level One Forest Schools

In term three you will have the opportunity to study an additional course to gain the Level One Forest Schools award. This award introduces you to the Forest School ethos and approach to learning, including analysing the risks, the impact to the environment and the activities involved.


Knowledge of Early Learning and Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
Responding to the Strengths and Needs of All Children
Professional Leadership in Early Years
Early Years Professional Practice
Education Policy and Practice in Early Years

Fast-track to a Master's degree

At the end of each module you have the choice to submit your assignment for assessment for up to 60 Master's-level credits.


To meet the Teachers' Standards (Early Years) it s a requirement to demonstrate 120 days in an Early Years setting, of which a minimum of 10 days must be in a Key Stage 1 setting.


Your workplace can access £7,000 to support you in completing this course. This could be used for staffing costs to release you for a second placement and / or for study.

Visit the PGCE Early Years Initial Teacher Training page on the Nottingham Trent University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A good UK honours degree or equivalent. GCSE English, Mathematics and Science at minimum grade C. Relevant current experience of practice in an early years setting. An Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Professional Skills Tests.

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