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Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) Early Years Teacher Status

Summary 2015/16

  • Inspire the future. Be an Early Years Teacher;
  • Specialise in the 0-5 age range and make a difference to the lives of babies and young children;
  • Meet the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years) and play an active role in raising the status and quality of the Early Years workforce.

Raising the status and quality of the Early Years workforce was established as a key Government priority following the publication of the ‘More great childcare’ report in January 2013.

To help achieve this aim, Early Years Teacher Status builds upon the strengths of the previous Early Years Professional Status pathways and provides the opportunity for you to train to work with babies and young children, from birth to five, as an Early Years Teacher. The change brings one title of 'teacher' across education in the early years sector and schools.

High quality early years education and childcare can have a powerful impact on young children, preparing them for school and later life. Gaining Early Years Teacher Status will ensure you gain deserved recognition for developing your expertise as a leader and reflective practitioner, as well as demonstrating that you meet the Teachers' Standards (Early Years) and have in-depth knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

A range of different routes are available, reflecting the diverse needs and backgrounds of applicants seeking Early Years Teacher Status. Upon successful completion of the appropriate route, you will be a specialist in early years care and education with the vision, commitment and drive required to lead practice, support colleagues, influence change and improve the outcomes for young children in Early Years provision.

Location: Edge Hill University
Woodlands Centre, Chorley
Course Type: Early Years Teacher Status
Attendance & Study Mode:
3 months: Assessment Only
12 months: Full Time
12 months: Part Time
3 years: Full Time
Start Date: September 2015

2015/16 Entry Requirements

There are four distinct routes available, reflecting the diverse needs and backgrounds of applicants seeking to gain EYITT Early Years Teacher Status.

To join each route, you must meet the following specific criteria:

  • Graduate Entry (Mainstream) Route – you must hold a first degree from a UK higher education institution or equivalent (a first, 2:1, 2:2 and third will all be accepted). Degrees without Honours are accepted;
  • Graduate Entry (Employment-based) Route – you must hold a first degree from a UK higher education institution or equivalent (a first, 2:1, 2:2 and third will all be accepted). Degrees without Honours are accepted;
  • Undergraduate Entry Route – you must be enrolled on a degree in an Early Childhood related subject, or currently studying for an Early Years initial teacher training degree;
  • Assessment Only Route – You must hold a first degree from a UK higher education institution or equivalent (a first, 2:1, 2:2 and third will all be accepted). Degrees without Honours are accepted.

In addition to the above, you will need to have achieved at least Grade C (or recognised equivalent) in GCSEs in English Language, Mathematics and Science. You are also required to undertake Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to entry to this programme. Further details can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/skillstests.

Whichever route you wish to join, it is important that you have the creativity, commitment, energy and enthusiasm that leading early years practice requires.

If you wish to join the Graduate Entry (Mainstream) or Undergraduate Entry routes, you will need to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, previously CRB) Enhanced Disclosure for clearance to work with children.

All candidates who are successful at the application stage will be invited to interview. At the interview stage, candidates will be requested to participate in group tasks, a presentation, written tasks and a formal interview.

How do I apply?

Applications for September 2015 entry will open at a later date. Please keep checking this page for updates.

We strongly recommend an early application as there is high demand for places.


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What will I study?

The programme 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.

To cater for applicants from a range of backgrounds, settings and roles, the route you undertake will be based on your qualifications and experience. We can help you to choose the right route to become an Early Years Teacher, with appropriate and sufficient time being trained in Early Years settings or schools to enable you to meet all the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years). You will reflect upon your practice in the context of these professional standards which indicate what Early Years Teachers must know, understand and be able to demonstrate.

  • Graduate Entry (Mainstream) Route - 12 months (Full Time): This mainstream academic route is ideal if you have a degree and wish to pursue a career in Early Years. You will be required to undertake 120 days (24 weeks) on placement in Early Years settings or schools. Face-to-face sessions will cover content such as the fundamentals of early years, Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), enabling environments, safeguarding, inclusion, positive relationships/behaviour, child development, leadership and management, planning and assessment, early maths, early reading and phonics, and the National Curriculum Key Stage 1 continuum;
  • Graduate Entry (Employment-based) Route - 12 months (Part Time): If you are currently working in an Early Years setting but require further training/experience in order to demonstrate the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years), this employment-based route is for you. It is also suitable for graduates who are newly recruited to an Early Years setting. Face-to-face sessions will cover content such as the fundamentals of early years, enabling environments, inclusion, child development, leadership and management, planning and assessment, managing behaviour for learning, early maths, early reading and phonics, and the National Curriculum Key Stage 1 continuum;
  • Undergraduate Entry Route - 1-3 Years (Full Time): If you are enrolled on a degree in an Early Childhood related subject, or if you are currently studying an Early Years initial teacher training degree, this route will involve you undertaking 120 days (24 weeks) on placement in Early Years settings or schools. Face-to-face conference days will cover content such as the fundamentals of early years, Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), enabling environments, safeguarding, inclusion, positive relationships/behaviour, child development, leadership and management, planning and assessment, early maths, early reading and phonics, and the National Curriculum Key Stage 1 continuum;
  • Assessment Only Route - 3 months: This route is designed for graduates who are able to demonstrate the Teachers' Standards (Early Years) across the birth to five age range without any further training or placement experience. There are no face-to-face sessions or conference days on the assessment only route.

How will I study?

Attendance requirements vary depending on the route you are joining:

  • Graduate Entry (Mainstream) Route - a minimum of 120 block placement days across two settings, alongside face-to-face sessions. An inducation day will take place in week commencing 8th September 2014;
  • Graduate Entry (Employment-based) Route - 8-10 face-to-face days spread across 12 months, i.e less than one day per month out of your setting or school. An induction day will take place in week commencing 15th September 2014;
  • Undergraduate Entry Route - 3-8 bespoke face-to-face conference days alongside your degree programme. An induction day will take place in week commencing 15th or 22nd September 2014;
  • Assessment Only Route - an induction day will take place in week commencing 1st September 2014.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught by a team of Early Years specialists who have all worked in the Early Years sector. Some members of the programme team are Early Years Professionals themselves and engage in relevant research activity.

Our highly experienced team of expert tutors, practitioners and partner settings will help you to build on your skills and think reflectively about your practice both through face-to-face sessions, workshops and online teaching.

You will also be assigned an experienced Edge Hill University Visiting Tutor who will be available to provide advice and guidance throughout your Early Years practice and provision and answer any questions you may have.

The Early Years Teacher Status Team will always do everything they can to support you and this is frequently noted in evaluation feedback from our trainees when asked about the most effective and helpful aspects of the programme.

How will I be assessed?

  • Graduate Entry (Mainstream) Route / Graduate Entry (Employment-based) Route / Undergraduate Entry Route - you will be required to complete eight written reflections, each directly linked to the Teachers' Standards (Early Years), and build a high quality portfolio of documentary evidence. Ongoing assessments include observation, interviews and regular meetings with your settings-based mentor to achieve the Teachers' Standards (Early Years). A Development Review will be held at the mid-point of your training to help ensure you continue to make successful progress and to identify any supportive steps required to help you going forward;
  • Assessment Only Route - you will be required to complete eight written reflections, each directly linked to the Teachers' Standards (Early Years), and build a high quality portfolio of documentary evidence. Assessments include observation, interviews and a tour of the setting to meet the Teachers' Standards (Early Years).

What are my career prospects?

Early Years Teacher Status is the only teacher training programme focused specifically on the 0-5 specialist age range.

Achieving Early Years Teacher Status is an excellent foundation to progress into teaching nursery and reception classes in academies, free schools and independent schools. It also provides a springboard to lead practice in pre-schools, Children’s Centres, foundation stage units and child-minding networks and is a valuable starting point for a career in private day care regional management.

Early Years Teacher Status will significantly enhance your ability to effect change in settings, communicate ideas for effective change to other staff, and assist you in becoming involved in supporting others through mentoring, coaching and leading professional development activities. You will have the ability and knowledge to create, inspire and lead the best practice with young children.

Please note, if you wish to be employed as a teacher in mainstream nurseries and schools, you will require Qualified Teacher Status. You can obtain Qualified Teacher Status by studying for a PGCE at Edge Hill University. Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/pgce for more information about the courses available.

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A Great Study Environment

The Faculty of Education has been at the forefront of teacher education for more than 125 years and today enjoys the enviable position of being one of the country's leading providers of education, training and research for the children's workforce.

Housed in a state-of-the-art £9m building, the Faculty of Education's facilities include a 300-seat lecture theatre, five well-equipped ICT suites, and 18 teaching rooms complete with the latest technology.

The faculty has a strong commitment to practice-based learning and has developed partnerships with over 2,000 schools and colleges, local authorities and professional associations.

Fees and Finance

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees and financial support arrangements for students joining a route to Early Years Teacher Status in academic year 2015/16 are still to be announced. Please keep checking this page for updates.

Not got the entry requirements?

If you are thinking of working with children and would like to gain Early Years Teacher Status but you have not yet started an undergraduate course, Edge Hill University offers a range of Early Years undergraduate degrees.

In particular, you may be interested in our BA (Hons) Early Years Education degree which provides ideal preparation for applying for Early Years Teacher Status. This programme develops the knowledge and understanding necessary to work as a highly effective practitioner in an early years setting with children aged 0-5.

Alternatively, a choice of foundation degrees in Early Years Leadership and Early Years Practice, with top-up routes to degree level, are available. These foundation degrees and conversion degrees are for those currently working in or wishing to work in a wide variety of Early Years settings.

If you do not have the relevant GCSEs required to join an EYITT Early Years Teacher Status route, Edge Hill University offers GCSE equivalency tests. It is essential that you have taken and passed these tests prior to commencing on the programme. Please visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/tests or email edgehilltests@edgehill.ac.uk for further information.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual's professional and employment experience (also referred to as 'experiential learning').

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Where can I find out more?

If you would like to receive a copy of our prospectus or be kept updated about forthcoming events, contact Course Enquiries by emailing study@edgehill.ac.uk or calling 01695 657000.

If you want to attend one of our open events held throughout the year, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/postgradopendays to book your place.

You will also find Edge Hill University staff at many national careers fairs and UCAS events.

Still want more?

If you have any questions you would like to ask about Early Years Teacher Status, please contact:

  • Early Years Team, Faculty of Education, Edge Hill University, St Helens Road, Ormskirk, Lancashire, L39 4QP
  • Tel: 01695 584418
  • Email: eyts@edgehill.ac.uk

If your query relates to the Assessment Only Route, you should contact us on 01257 517112.

You can also keep in touch with news from the Early Years Team by following them on Facebook at facebook.com/EarlyYearsEHU and Twitter at twitter.com/EarlyYearsEHU.


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