What will Early Years teachers be?
Early Years teachers will be specialists in early childhood development. They will be degree-educated and be trained to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage for children from birth to age five. They will also understand how early education links to education beyond age five and into key stages 1 and 2. Their role is to be graduate leaders responsible for organising and leading high-quality teaching practice in early years settings, with a view to making a lasting, positive difference to children’s wellbeing, learning and development.
What will they do?
Early Years teachers will work with babies and young children. As well as helping them to learn, develop, and prepare for school and later life, Early Years teachers will also provide the care, attention and emotional support which these young children need.
Early Years teachers will also support and lead staff who work with babies and young children, including Early Years Educators. This will help ensure that babies and young children receive the high quality care which is crucial to their development.
How will they be trained and gain Early Years Teacher Status?
Early Years teachers will undergo rigorous training just as primary teachers do. The qualifications needed to get onto an Early Years teacher training course will be the same as those needed for primary teacher training. Trainees will need a GCSE grade C in English, Maths and Science or equivalent, and will have to pass the same numeracy and literacy skills tests, there is no cost for the initial skills test, for more information go to; http://www.education.gov.uk/sta/professional
Newman will be offering two graduate pathways from September 2015
Graduate Entry Mainstream (GEM) (full-time)
This route is for graduates studying full-time through an academic-based route. Typically this will be over a one-year period.
The following funding is available from the NCTL:
A grant of £7,000 for course fees, available to all graduates
Also for trainees with high academic achievement:
A bursary of £9,000 for graduates with a first-class degree
A bursary of £4,000 for graduates with a 2:1 degree
Graduate Entry Employment-Based (part-time)
This route is for graduates working in an early years setting who require training and further experience to demonstrate the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years).
It is also for graduates who are newly recruited to an early years setting and are undertaking early years ITT through an employment-based route.
Training typically takes place over a one-year period.
A £14,000 incentive from the NCTL is available to employers. This covers the training course fees of up to £7,000. It could also contribute to supply cover for the trainee and other support costs such as salary enhancements.
Training providers receive the funding to cover the course fees. The remaining funding is then transferred to the early years employer.
Programme subject to validation
Entry Requirements - Graduate Pathways only
A degree in a relevant subject, although a non relevant degree together with appropriate experience will also be considered. The degree does not have to be at a specified level, but bursaries are available for those with a First or 2:1. The supporting qualifications needed to get onto an Early Years teacher training course will be the same as those needed for primary teacher training. Trainees will need a GCSE grade C in English, Maths and Science or equivalent, and will have to pass the same numeracy and literacy skills tests, there is no cost for the initial skills test, for more information go to; http://www.education.gov.uk/sta/professional
All students are required to have GCSE maths, English and science at Grade C or above (or equivalent and approved by the NCTL) in addition to specific pathway entry requirements. You will also be required to pass professional skills tests in English and maths.