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PGCE Early Years (Birth to 5) (with EYTS)

Course Description

Course Summary

Develop a variety of teaching approaches to become an outstanding teacher of children in Early Years.

Partnerships with local schools and early years settings give you opportunities to put theory into practice on two contrasting placements, supported by experienced mentors and University staff as you develop the knowledge and skills to meet the national requirements for Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS).

This course is accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (a department of the Department for Education) to deliver Initial Teacher Training

Choose Early Years Birth to 5 PGCE (with EYTS) at Bedfordshire and:

- Study on a course designed to enable you to join a challenging and rewarding profession – becoming an effective and inspiring teacher who draws on broad knowledge and secure understanding of early years teaching and learning theories – delivered by a long-established teacher training partnership
- Explore your passion for working with babies and young children, as you apply your subject knowledge and expertise to planning and managing early years teaching, and hone your skills of critical self-evaluation and improvement
- Develop your experience in the workplace as well as research interests that you can apply to your own practice
- Gain knowledge of key policy developments in the Early Years and foundation phase, with added consideration of international perspectives
- Benefit from a qualification that gives you recommendation for Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS), enabling you to work in a nursery, private childcare setting, free school and academy; to start your own setting or take up work as a childminder; and pursue continuous development through further study at MA/MSc, MPhil, PhD and EdD levels.

Why choose this course?

This course leads to a postgraduate qualification in teaching young children from birth to 5. It develops the skills and knowledge required to become an outstanding Early Years teacher and leader within a breadth of Early Years settings. The course will give you a deep understanding of the complexity of early education, child development, and the developing child in the context of essential learning that takes place in babies and young children from birth to 5. The course develops clear understanding of essential learning processes of babies and young children preparing them for their journey into lifelong learning. This will give you significant opportunities to develop your academic and professional interests into early years teaching and be accredited with Early Years Teacher Status. On meeting the required professional standards you will be recommended to the National College of Teaching and Leadership for the award of Early years Teacher Status. This will qualify you to teach in a range of early years settings including children centres, pre-school, childminding and nursery, and schools (primarily Free Schools and Academies).

Career Management Skills

Early Years Teacher Status is a new nationally recognised qualification. This course will place you at the forefront of the profession. The course enables you to become an outstanding practitioner in an early years setting and school qualified to teach young children from Birth to age 5. In addition, the course equips you to aspire to becoming a leader in the field more broadly, and in future roles. Accordingly, you will be encouraged to present your learning to peers and other professionals. You will present studies and develop improvement projects that you may use as evidence in future applications. An integral part of the course is giving you opportunities to develop your practice in a range of Early Years and school settings. This will provide further opportunities to make contacts that will help you with finding work at the end of the course.

Career/Further study opportunities

You will be able to teach in a variety of contexts including early year settings (birth to 5). You will keep abreast of policy and research developments, engage in research at your own setting and work with families and other professionals to improve outcomes for babies and young children.

You are also likely to take up further study to Masters Level, e.g. MA Education, MA Early Years, MA Special Educational Needs, and beyond.

Visit the PGCE Early Years (Birth to 5) (with EYTS) page on the University of Bedfordshire website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

You will take part in a selection process designed to assess your suitability to become a teacher of young children from birth to 5. In addition to this, prior to entry, you should:Be a graduateHave grade C or above (or equivalent) in GCSE English, Mathematics and ScienceHave experience within an Early Years/Key Stage 1 setting for a minimum of two weeksObtain DBSPass professional skills tests in English and Mathematics

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