Heather Panter

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

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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.

“I’d always wanted to teach in a primary school and looked around several universities, but for me, Edge Hill was by far the best.  When I considered the courses available there were so many options but I decided upon the Early Childhood Studies degree as I felt it would give me lots of options upon graduation.

Part-way through my second year I began looking at PGCE programmes and came across the Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) course, which specified that I could study it alongside my third year.  This was a great option for me as it meant that I could be supported in gaining extra experience and an additional qualification without a further year of study.

This proved to be a really good decision with one of the great things about the course being that it is flexible and contains so many options and pathways, whether you are a working practitioner, a student, a graduate or an undergraduate.  The tutors are very supportive and understanding, they appreciate we all have other assignments to do and so create reasonable deadlines for us.

My favourite part of the EYTS course has been the placements and I have had lots of support and help in arranging them near to my home.  Through these, you are encouraged to get as much practical experience as possible and are always supported in striving to help make improvements by looking at how things are run and asking if things can be improved or done in a better way.  This questioning and drive is something I think is very important in Early Years learning.

Once I complete my studies there are a number of things I want to do. My ultimate goal is to one day own and manage my own nursery and you can bet I’ll be looking at EYTS graduates for my staff!  The course itself has helped me become a better practitioner, made me challenge practice and look at how to better myself and the settings I am in.  Before that, though, I have applied to study a masters degree at Edge Hill – an opportunity which became known to me through an EYTS session!”

To find out more about studying this programme, please view full course information for Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) Early Years Teacher Status