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Early Years Teacher Status (0-5)


Course Description

Early Years Teachers who meet the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years) will be specialists in early childhood development, trained to work with babies and young children from birth to five. They will be graduate leaders responsible for organising and leading high quality practice in early years settings.

The University of Northampton is one of the main providers of Early Years Teacher Training (0-5) in the East Midlands. We have over forty years of experience in teacher training, education and research and are committed to inspiring change which transforms the lives of children and young people.

All aspects of The Early Years Teacher Status programmes have been commended by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education in its recent monitoring assessment (November 2014). The University was additionally praised for developing a “post-qualification programme for newly qualified trainees who make a substantial contribution to the trainees’ professional formation”.

Course content

The programme consists of two routes for graduates (GEB and GEM) – both with fees for tuition and assessment covered by government funding.

1. Graduate Employment based (GEB) – part time 9-12 months.

Suitable for experienced early years practitioners who are graduates in paid employment in an early years setting who require training and further experience to demonstrate the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years). They should have either a relevant degree and at least a year’s full time experience of working across most of the age range 0-5 or a non-relevant degree and at least 2 year’s full time experience of working across most of the age range 0-5.

On successful completion, you will be recommended for and awarded Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS). The programme will build on and develop your knowledge and experience gained as an early years practitioner such that you can demonstrate the standards for early years teachers required by the Department for Education and exceed the minimum expectations for each Standard.

The programme covers a range of topics including:
-Child development.
-Safeguarding.
-Diversity.
-Pedagogy.
-Language and literacy.
-Maths and phonics.
-Working with parents.
-Professional development.
-Leading and supporting others.

Assessment

Assessment against the Teachers’ Standards Early Years is continuous. Your teaching, including planning and assessment, is assessed against the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years); there are no formal academic assignments. Employer and partner settings and schools share the responsibility for assessment during the practical teaching.

2. Graduate Entry Mainstream (GEM), PGCE Early Years (EYTS) 0-5 – full time 12 months.

Suitable for graduates from any discipline with little or no experience of working in early years. At least two weeks of experience in an Early Years setting is required.

On successful completion, you will have achieved 60 credits at Masters’ Level (PGCE) and be recommended for and awarded Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS). The programme will build on and develop your knowledge and experience gained as an early years practitioner such that you can demonstrate the professional standards for early years teachers required by the Department for Education and exceed the minimum expectations for each Standard.

You will spend a substantial part of the programme in setting or school-based placements in our partnership settings and schools, which will enable you to develop high levels of competence in practical teaching in a range of educational contexts. There are three assessed setting/school-based placements where you will be assessed against the Professional Standards for Early Years Teachers and submit a Record of Professional Evidence. You will have a trained mentor in each placement and a Personal Academic Tutor at the University to support your professional development.

There are two compulsory modules at Level 7 which are worth 60 credits and can be used to contribute to a full MA in the future. The modules are Teaching, Learning and Assessment and Professional Studies.

Course modules (16/17)

-Professional Studies
-Teaching, Learning and Assessment
-Setting Experience 1, 2 and 3 Early Years (0-5)

Facilities and Special Features

We have a strong reputation for training teachers and our academics are experts in their field. With fully funded places available, you can study free of charge.

All aspects of the Early Years Teacher Status programmes have been commended by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education in its recent monitoring assessment (November 2014). The University was additionally praised for developing a “post-qualification programme for newly qualified trainees who make a substantial contribution to the trainees’ professional formation”.

Visit the Early Years Teacher Status (0-5) page on the University of Northampton website for more details!

Entry Requirements

For both routes: a first degree plus Maths, English and Science GCSE at grade C or above (or equivalent) are required. You must pass the National College for Teaching and Leadership professional skills test in numeracy and literacy prior to enrolling on the course. All candidates must attend an interview and have DBS clearance.

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