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Early Years Teacher Initial Teacher Training (ITT)


Course Description

Choose Kingston's Early Years Teacher Initial Teacher Training (ITT)

This part-time work-based course provides intensive specialist training in becoming an early years teacher that will enable you to gain the Early Years Teacher Status in one year. Alongside you will also complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Studies in Education (60 masters-level credits) which may count towards a full masters qualification.

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 and tracking and leadership and management.

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 Graduate Employment Based course, you will learn how to use your knowledge and skills to ensure children benefit from a high standard of early years teaching.

Employment of early years teachers

The Government wants to give more autonomy to headteachers so that they can decide who is best qualified and suited to teach in their schools. Early years teachers will be specialists in birth to five years old and will be ideally placed to fulfil the needs of employers in private and independent settings and schools to provide high-quality education and care for babies and young children. Settings and schools are able to take advantage of changes introduced in September 2013 that mean that head teachers will have even more flexibility and freedom on pay and will be able to place staff on the most appropriate point on the relevant pay scales.

Training and assessment pathway

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

Trainees will 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.

What this course offers you

The Guardian's University Guide has rated Kingston in the top six for education in its league tables for the past five years.

The course is taught by a team of early years experienced staff who are active researchers

All students are offered a personalised learning plan.

EYPS was piloted in September 2006 and rolled out across England from January 2007 – Kingston University has been involved from the very outset and has consistently maintained a high standard of tuition and results throughout.

Kingston University has one of the largest collaborative working partnerships in the country.

Kingston University has a cutting-edge interprofessional suite of courses for practitioners working in any aspect of the children's workforce.

Kingston University works regularly with local authority early years advisers and workforce development officers across London and the South East to deliver a fit-for-purpose programme to meet employers' needs.

The programmes are located at the picturesque Kingston Hill campus, with easy access to London and Surrey.

What you need to apply for this course

Trainees must prove that they meet all the following entry requirements before the start of the programme. All overseas qualifications must be accompanied by NARIC equivalence.

A good honours degree in any subject.

GCSE (A–C): English Language, Mathematics and Science.

Trainees must be employed in an appropriate early years setting for at least 16 hours per week.

Trainees must be working at settings that deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage in order to be funded.

Sufficient employed experience, knowledge and understanding of early years.


Please note: equivalency tests are not accepted. If you don't have GCSE English Language, Mathematics or Science, you must obtain either GCSEs or IGCSEs in these subjects and will need to show on your application that you will obtain these qualifications before the course begins in September.

All trainees must be UK based and have the right work and study in the UK for at least the duration of their pathway.

All candidates will attend an interview day, which will include a group activity, maths and English test and an individual interview with one of the course team.

Visit the Early Years Teacher Initial Teacher Training (ITT) page on the Kingston University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Trainees must prove that they meet all the following entry requirements before the start of the programme. All overseas qualifications must be accompanied by NARIC equivalence. A good honours degree in any subject. GCSE (A–C): English Language, Mathematics and Science. Candidates must be employed in an appropriate early years setting for at least 16 hours per week. Candidates must be working at settings that deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage in order to be funded.

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