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The Early Years Teacher programme - The Graduate Entry Pathway (GEP)

Course Description

This pathway aims to meet the needs of graduates who wish to work with children and pursue a career in the Early Years but may have an unrelated graduate level qualification and/or limited experience with 0-5 year olds. Candidates are required to be innovative and enthusiastic about improving outcomes for children and also be committed to continuing their academic study.

Early Years Teachers are key to raising the quality of early years provision. They are change agents to improve practice. They lead practice across the Early Years Foundation Stage, support and mentor other practitioners and model the skills and behaviours that safeguard and promote good outcomes for children. Effective early years practice requires enthusiastic and motivated practitioners who recognise the needs of young children, and who can provide a warm, stimulating and purposeful environment. As an Early Years Teacher you will demonstrate you have the vision and commitment to improve outcomes for young children and raise the quality of early years provision.

The course is assessed against the Early Years Teacher National Standards and involves: a series of written ssignments which document clear examples of personal practice and leadership from our everyday work; a concise portfolio of supporting evidence against the Standards; and a setting visit which includes an analytical tour, a scrutiny of the supporting evidence, an observation of candidates practice and an interview with the assessor.

For further details please visit http://www.ioe.mmu.ac.uk/business/eyp

The Government has acknowledged the benefits of the development of a highly skilled workforce in supporting children's learning and development.

Candidates attend taught sessions throughout the year to enhance their knowledge and understanding of early years theories and policies and apply this knowledge on placement whilst gaining practical experience. These placements are arranged for candidates in a range of settings including day nurseries and children’s centres for a minimum of 18 weeks.

Special Features

The Graduate Entry Pathway is located within the Early Years and Childhood Studies range of higher education programmes. Tutors have extensive experience of working in a wide variety of social agencies and disciplines.

Visit the The Early Years Teacher programme - The Graduate Entry Pathway (GEP) page on the Manchester Metropolitan University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

In order to enrol on this course you must have successfully completed a UK honours degree or international equivalent.GEP – two week voluntary placement at an early years setting to be completed before the start of the programmeGCSEs English Language, Science and Mathematics, Grades C or above, or equivalent (MMU offers entrance exams, or equivalent, to MMU Programmes if you do not have these qualifications)At the start of each Early Years Teacher Status Pathway, all successful applicants need to have been subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check prior to going on your placement.

Course Fees

This is a funded course. Please visit education.gov.uk/childrenandyoungpeople for the latest funding details.

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