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0-5 years - Early Years Initial Teacher Training (Core & Employer)

These are the most influential years of a child's life, and I'm so grateful to be a part of that. ANONYMOUS TEACHER

Outstanding Training
Routes to Suit You
Robust Course
Stimulating University Sessions
Inspiring Placements
Strong Support Structure
Career Progression & Employability
Assessment Only

“Good-quality training that boosts trainees’ confidence in their abilities and fosters enthusiastic early years teachers who reflect critically on their teaching and show a high level of professional and personal conduct.”

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High Quality Training

This is a one year, fully-funded, postgraduate course which will recommend you on completion for Early Years Teacher Status - a government endorsed accreditation to teach children aged 0-5 years. You'll be taught and supported by highly experienced tutors, Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) practitioners and mentors who have a national reputation for the quality of their training.

Initial teacher training leading to Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) is designed for those who wish to specialise in early childhood development and lead education and care for children from birth to five years. Working as an Early Years Teacher with young children is a rewarding and challenging career, and teachers can make a real difference to children’s development and life chances. Early Years Teacher is a new status and awareness and recognition is still building.

There is increasing demand for graduates to work in the 0-5 age range. There is strong evidence, recognised by the DfE that pre-schoolers who attend a graduate led setting have better outcomes throughout the rest of their schooling. Changes to ensure parents have greater access to good childcare and support to meet the costs are being introduced by the DfE. 40% of 2 year olds now receive 15 hours a week of free early education and the new government are pushing ahead with doubling the hours for 3 and 4 year olds.

The course begins September 2018 and ends in July 2019.

Routes to Suit You

There are three routes into teaching Early Years:
Assessment Only

Robust Course

The programme content will prepare you to teach across the 0-5 age range (the Early Years Foundation Stage) and engage you with the expectations and curricula of teaching in Key Stages 1 and 2.

Course Content

The University-led sessions will cover content such as the fundamentals of early years, Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, enabling environments, inclusion, safeguarding, positive relationships and behaviour, child development, leadership and management, planning and assessment, early maths, early reading and phonics.


You will be assessed through ongoing observations of your professional practice during your various placements. Placement guides support you to engage in various activities, including a series of written reflections. These activities and written reflections will help you to build up evidence towards reaching the Early Years Teaching Standards.

Key aims:
  • Build your confidence and gain practical teaching experience in contrasting settings
  • Learn practice across the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
  • Raise the quality of early years provision

  • Support and mentor other practitioners

  • Understand the skills and behaviours that safeguard and promote good outcomes for children

  • Make a positive and lasting difference to children’s wellbeing, learning and development at the most critical stage in their development

  • Hands-on experience
  • A sound understanding of early childhood development

  • Become a critical thinker, able to reflect on and evaluate your professional practice
  • Learn about the latest curriculum developments, issues and innovations
  • Deepen your understanding of teaching, and learn about the opportunities for continued professional development and the relationship between educators and society
  • Gain the skills, knowledge and experience needed to begin your teaching career.

You can read more about the skills needed to teach this age group here

Stimulating University Sessions

Your teaching staff (Teaching Fellows) are vastly experienced teachers and educational leaders who have been selected to provide you with the highest quality training.

The university sessions are interactive and challenging and delivered through lectures, seminars and workshops. Monitoring and development of your subject knowledge and developing expertise in the classroom is assessed through audits, presentations, directed tasks and assignments.

Inspiring Placements

In partnership with our settings, we ensure you have access to the best and most inspiring, practising teachers and mentors. You will have opportunities to participate in taught sessions at university, opportunities to observe the best classroom practice, and your individual needs will be met through mentoring on each of your placements. Placements are structured as follows:
  • Autumn Placement - 30 day placement over 9 weeks with children under 30 months
  • Spring Placement - 10 days in Key Stage 1 observation and supported learning, then
    8 weeks each in a reception class
  • Summer Placement - 8 weeks with 2-4 year olds
  • Additional short placements - to help you see the full variety of settings that Early Years children attend. E.g children’s centres, special schools, childminders.

With the employer-led route, we state that you would undertake a minimum of 80 days of teaching with your employer, as well as 19 University days and 6 weeks in an alternative placement.

Assessment Only

Trainees will already have substantial experience working within the 0-5 age range, but will have to prove they have had recent experience observing and supporting Key Stage 1. Read more

Strong Support Structure

We ensure that you have access to the best possible support, advice and guidance, during your course. You will be supported by a range of University tutors, with responsibility for developing your subject knowledge and teaching development, as week as offering professional and personal support.
Read more about excellent support you will receive at Warwick.

Career Progression and Employability

Early on in your career you will be expected to lead teaching and learning within a small team. EYTS qualifies you to lead teaching in private, voluntary and independent (PVI) Early Years settings. You can also lead teaching in one of the growing number of academies, free schools or independent schools. You can work in maintained schools as an Early Years instructor but currently should not lead teaching in maintained classrooms without QTS (this also applies to some nursery classes in maintained schools). After working a minimum of one term's employment (after completing your EYITT programme), you may wish to go onto complete the Assessment Only QTS which will enable you to lead an Early Years unit, or take on more responsibilities. For those who wish to work with older primary school age children the recommended route to becoming a school teacher is to undertake a PGCE leading to QTS.

There is no pay scale for Early Years teachers. The pay and conditions of individuals with EYTS are determined by employers. All early years settings are free to set the level of pay for individuals they employ with early years teacher status including maintained schools.

Opportunities for progression are wide and varied. You might lead practice across a foundation unit, setting or a chain of settings or you might co-ordinate a multi-professional team in a children's centre or specialise in Special Educational Needs. You may want to move onto another role in children's services or further education or continue studying at Master's level. Additionally, there are various opportunities for those wishing to experience teaching abroad.

There are other careers outside of teaching including education lecturing, school inspection, advisory or consultancy roles, initial teacher training, or administration in local education authorities (LEAs) and examination boards. Organisations such as museums, art galleries and zoos employ teachers as education officers. There are some opportunities for self-employment, which include private tutoring, writing educational materials or running a small private school or nursery.




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