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

Summary 2014/15

  • 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.

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 2014

2014/15 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.

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.

You are required to undertake Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to entry to this programme. Successful completion of the Professional Skills Tests will form part of the conditions of any offer of a place. Further details can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/skillstests.

You will also need to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, previously CRB) Enhanced Disclosure for clearance to work with children.

How do I apply?

To request an application form for September 2014 entry, please email eyts@edgehill.ac.uk.

If you have any queries about the application process, please contact the Early Years Teacher Status Team on 01257 517126 or 01257 517127.

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


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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.

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.

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.

You are required to undertake Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to entry to this programme. Successful completion of the Professional Skills Tests will form part of the conditions of any offer of a place. Further details can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/skillstests.

You will also need to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, previously CRB) Enhanced Disclosure for clearance to work with children.

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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Who is this course for?

Early Years Teacher Status is for graduate professionals and undergraduates who have an interest in specialising in the early years age range of 0-5.

To cater for applicants from a range of backgrounds, settings and roles, there are four distinct routes:

  • 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;
  • 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 particularly suitable for graduates who are newly recruited to an Early Years setting;
  • Undergraduate Entry Route – 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;
  • 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.

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

How we will support you

You will get all the support you need to succeed, reflected in Edge Hill University being ranked:

  • Top in the North West for graduate employability in the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2013;
  • Top in the North West for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2013 and Sunday Times University Guide 2014.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

How will I be assessed?

You will be required to complete a number of written assignments and build a portfolio of evidence. A Development Review will be held at the mid-point of your training to help ensure you continue to make successful progress.

An assessment will take place in your Early Years/placement setting at the end of the programme. You will provide an assessor with a tour of the setting and they will carry out an observation of your practice. As part of the assessment visit, you will be interviewed so that you can demonstrate how you meet the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years) in respect of your personal practice, leadership and support of others.

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.

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Fees and Finance

Academic Year 2014/15

If you are joining the Graduate Entry (Mainstream) or Graduate Entry (Employment-based) routes in academic year 2014/15, you can expect to receive funding from the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).

  • Graduate Entry (Mainstream) Route – funding will cover course fees for all trainees. Additionally, trainees who have a first class degree may be eligible to receive a £9,000 bursary and those with a 2.1 degree may be eligible to receive a £4,000 bursary;
  • Graduate Entry (Employment-based) Route – the NCTL are expected to provide £14,000 per trainee. This is an employer incentive to encourage a move to an employer demand-led model of delivery. This funding will be distributed to Edge Hill University initially to cover all training fees and the remaining funding will then be transferred to the Early Years employer; for example, to pay for supply cover, salary enhancement, trainee support.

Please note, if you are joining either of the Graduate Entry (Mainstream) or Graduate Entry (Employment-based) routes but have previously been funded on the Early Years Professional/Teacher Status programme, you will not be eligible for further financial support. There may be places available on a self-funding basis; please email eyts@edgehill.ac.uk for further details.

The Undergraduate Entry route and Assessment Only route will not be funded by the NCTL.

  • Undergraduate Entry Route – the tuition fees for this route are still to be announced. Please keep checking this page for updates. Subject to eligibility, it may be possible for you to apply for a Tuition Fee Loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees;
  • Assessment Only Route – the tuition fees for this route are still to be announced.

Academic Year 2015/16

Arrangements for 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.

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 the Course Information, Advice and Guidance Team 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 the Early Years Teacher Status team, please contact:

  • Early Years Teacher Status Team, Woodlands Centre, Edge Hill University, Southport Road, Chorley, Lancashire, PR7 1QR
  • Tel: 01257 517127 / 01257 517126
  • Email: eyts@edgehill.ac.uk

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