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PGCE Early Childhood Education and Care (0-5) with EYTS (graduate employment route)

Course Description

This course is aimed at people who are currently working with young children aged 0-5 years in early years settings including children's centres, schools and private day care. You deepen your knowledge and understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and early childhood development for young children.

During the course you cover developing the curriculum and pedagogy for the age phases 0-3 and 3-5 years. You also gain knowledge and understanding of transition issues, including children's progress through key stages 1 and 2.

Supported by experienced workplace mentors, you extend your knowledge and professional skills in key areas including:
-The observation and assessment of young children's development.
-Children's development and learning through play.
-Children's participation and inclusion.
-Collaborative working with parents and carers.
-The leadership of staff teams.

During your training you strengthen your expertise in teaching early literacy, including reading, and mathematics, including numeracy. The course also enhances your skills in supporting children's learning and development across all the prime and specific areas of the EYFS. You deepen your understanding of the characteristics of effective learning that are key to this stage of development.

You complete an assessed teaching practice in your home school or early years setting, and a second assessed placement with a younger or older age-group in a second school or early years setting. Placement experience is organised so that you cover the three age groups within the 0-5 age range.

Throughout your course you are supported to develop a range of relevant academic and professional skills at graduate and postgraduate level. This supports and enhances your career potential, opening up opportunities for higher level posts within early years services.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/pgce-early-childhood-education-and-care-05-with-eyts-graduate-employment-route

Further information

For more information regarding our routes into teaching, including funding, placements, QTS skills tests and career prospects visit our teach site.

Professional recognition

By meeting the standards for Early Years Teacher Status, you are recognised as an Early Years Teacher (0-5) with EYTS by the National College of Teaching and Leadership.

Course structure

One year part time. Starts September.

Course content
Key areas include:
-Child development for babies, toddlers and young children
-The Early Years Foundation Stage
-Play in early childhood
-Working with families
-Working across professional boundaries

Assessment: course work including reflective writing, presentations and e-portfolio; practice during placements.

Other admission requirements

You must hold the GCSE requirements before applying. If you are waiting to take up a post, you need evidence of at least 15 days of experience of working with children in an early years foundation stage setting gained within the last 12 months. You must also successfully complete QTS skills tests in numeracy and literacy as designated by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event, and you should bring a passport or photo driving license with you. You can bring other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present valid identity documents required by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) at your pre-course day. View our selection event guidance to ensure you understand the selection process: http://www.shu.ac.uk/selection-event/1279

As you will be working with children, you must complete a declaration of criminal convictions and health check forms.

If English is not your first language you need an IELTS average score of 7.0 with at least 6.5 in all skills or a TOEFL score of 235 (Internet based).

*GCSE mathematics and English equivalents
-12 Level 2 credits from an Access course.
-Equivalency test from http://www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

*GCSE science equivalents
-12 level 2 credits from an Access course.
-Science equivalency test from http://www.equivalencytesting.co.uk
-OCR National Level 2 Science.
-BTEC National Level 2 Science, Applied Science or Medical Science.

Employment-based requirements
For the period of training all applicants employed at a school, excluding academies, independent schools and early years settings, must be employed as an unqualified teacher and paid in accordance with at least point one on the unqualified teacher's pay scale for the period of their training. You will not perform more than 90% of the duties normally completed by a full-time early years teacher.

Visit the PGCE Early Childhood Education and Care (0-5) with EYTS (graduate employment route) page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Normally a GCSE grade C in English, mathematics and science or equivalent*, plus one of the following: 2.1 degree or above; 2.2 degree plus evidence of at least one year's work experience in an early years foundation stage setting, working as an early years practitioner, teaching assistant or unqualified teacher; current employment as a teacher, practitioner or manager in an early years foundation stage class or setting. See course description for further admission details.

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