|Course Length:||3 Months-3 Years Variable By Pathway|
|Start Dates:||September 2015, September 2016|
|Department:||Faculty of Education|
|Location:||Edge Hill University|
Woodlands Centre, Chorley
- 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.
High quality early years education and childcare can have a powerful impact on young children, preparing them for school and later life. Achieving 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.
There are four distinctive Early Years Initial Teacher Training routes available, reflecting the diverse needs and backgrounds of applicants seeking Early Years Teacher Status:
- Graduate Entry Route – 12 months (Full Time) is suitable if you have a degree and wish to pursue a career in Early Years. This mainstream academic route is fully funded by the National College for Teaching and Leadership;
- Graduate Employment-based Route – 12 months (Part Time) is suitable 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 also suitable for graduates who are newly recruited to an Early Years setting and is fully funded by the National College for Teaching and Leadership, including a £7,000 employer incentive;
- Undergraduate Entry Route – 1-3 years (Full Time) is suitable if you are enrolled on an Early Childhood related degree programme at Edge Hill University, or if you are currently studying an Early Years initial teacher training degree with us, and wish to study towards Early Years Teacher Status alongside your degree;
- Assessment Only Route – 3 months is suitable if you are a graduate able to demonstrate the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years) across the birth to five age range without any further training or placement experience.
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.
One of the great things about the course is that it is flexible and contains so many options and pathways, whether you are a working practitioner, a student, a graduate or an undergraduate.
As I approach the end of the course there is no doubt that it is already helping me to achieve my goals. I have been lucky enough to secure a post as a nursery manager, where I intend to use the various skills I have developed.
I am hoping to use what I have learnt to have a greater impact on my setting, the children I teach, and also act as a role model for the rest of the team.
Course in Depth
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.
You will reflect upon your practice in the context of the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years) which indicate what Early Years Teachers must know, understand and be able to demonstrate.
- Graduate Entry Route – 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 Employment-based Route – 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 – you will undertake 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 – there are no face-to-face sessions or conference days on the assessment only route.
Please note, in order to achieve Early Years Teacher Status, you are required to have taught across a minimum of two settings. Therefore, if you are applying to join an employment-based route, you should be aware that you will be required to gain experience in a second setting for up to six weeks.
How will I study?
Attendance requirements vary depending on the route you are joining:
- Graduate Entry Route – a minimum of 120 block placement days across two settings, alongside face-to-face sessions. An inducation day will take place in September 2015;
- Graduate 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 September 2015;
- Undergraduate Entry Route – 3-8 bespoke face-to-face conference days alongside your degree programme. An induction day will take place in September 2015;
- Assessment Only Route – an induction day will take place in September 2015.
Face-to-face sessions are delivered at the Woodlands Centre in Chorley for the Graduate Entry Route and Graduate Employment-based Routes and at Edge Hill University for the Undergraduate Entry Route.
How will I be assessed?
- Graduate Entry Route / Graduate 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).
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.
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.
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 of the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years).
The specific criteria which apply to each route are as follows:
- Graduate Entry Route – you must hold a degree from a UK higher education institution or equivalent. You will need to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure for clearance to work with children;
- Graduate Employment-based Route / Assessment Only Route – you must hold a degree from a UK higher education institution or equivalent;
- Undergraduate Entry Route – you must be enrolled on a relevant degree at Edge Hill University. You will need to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure for clearance to work with children.
In addition to the above, you will need to have achieved a minimum of Grade C in GCSE English Language, GCSE Mathematics and GCSE Science (or equivalent).
You are also required to undertake Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to entry to an Early Years Teacher Status route. 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.
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.
Are there any alternative ways to meet 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.
Recognition of Prior Learning
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.
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.
Tuition fees and eligibility for financial support vary depending on the route you are joining.
- Graduate Entry Route / Graduate Employment-based Route – tuition fees are covered by the National College for Teaching and Leadership;
- Undergraduate Entry Route – there is no additional cost to the tuition fees for your undergraduate degree when joining the Undergraduate Entry Route;
- Assessment Only Route – self-funded by yourself and/or your employer at a cost of £1,995.
- Graduate Entry Route – you may be eligible for a Department for Education bursary of £9,000 if you have been awarded a first class honours degree or successfully completed a PhD, or £4,000 if you have been awarded a 2:1 honours degree or successfully completed a Masters programme;
- Graduate Employment-based Route – a £7,000 employer incentive is available which is designed to help your employer support you through the programme;
- Undergraduate Entry Route / Assessment Only Route – no additional financial support is currently provided.
How to Apply
To request an application form, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01695 584418.
We strongly recommend an early application as there is high demand for places.
Get in Touch
If you have any questions about this programme, please contact:
- Early Years Teacher Status Team
- Tel: 01695 584418
- Email: email@example.com
If your query relates to the Assessment Only Route, you should contact us on 01257 517112.