Early Years Initial Teacher Training
Make a difference to children with a rewarding career in early years teaching
Why take this course?
This course offers training, adapted to your needs, to help you meet the Teachers' Standards (Early Years) that will enable you to teach across the 0-5 age range (the Early Years Foundation Stage). These standards support the training, assessment and award of Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS), and will provide you with a deeper understanding of the educational process through the early years and Key Stage 1 and 2. It is designed for those already working or seeking to work with the early years age group.
Portsmouth was one of the universities selected to train the first cohort of Early Years Teachers, and continues to develop the training experience to support high calibre trainees. Our BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies also offers a route to EYTS as part of an undergraduate degree.
What will I experience?
On this course you can:
- Review, develop and enrich working practices in your setting
- Lead and develop a range of practice across the Early Years Foundation Stage
- Support and mentor your colleagues and others, share experience from others on the course and evaluates best practice in the workplace
- Model skills and behaviours, nurture children in the settings and safeguard and promote good outcomes for children
What opportunities might it lead to?
Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) is a status designed for those who choose to specialise in work with babies and young children. It is assessed against the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years), a national set of standards covering leadership, support of others and effective practice.
You will be able to lead improvements in working practices, mentor others, and promote good outcomes for children in your care, whilst your setting will benefit from access to the knowledge and best practice you have gained.
Trainees can exit with one of the following:
- Graduate Certificate in Early Years Initial Teacher Training (with Early Years Teacher Status) Level 6
- Early Years Teacher Status
Note to Employers
Early Years teachers add value and make a difference to the nursery team, they share leadership, skills and expertise. £14,000 funding is available to train and support a graduate in your setting to become an early years teacher and could include supply cover; salary enhancements; employment costs; National Insurance and other overheads.
I found the whole course useful: group work made me compare my setting to others… assignments allowed me to reflect on myself and placements allowed me to examine different age groups. I feel confident that I had effective training
Louise Phipp, Graduate Employment Route
- 1 year part time
- 2017 ENTRY REQUIREMENTSA good honours degree or equivalent. A minimum of 2:1 is desirable although applicants with extensive experience in Early Years will also be considered.
See full entry requirements
- 2018 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
- A good honours degree or equivalent. A minimum of 2:1 is desirable although applicants with extensive experience in Early Years will also be considered. See full entry requirements OTHER QUALIFICATIONS
We accept UCAS points from other qualifications. See full details and English Language qualifications
UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
2017/18 entry: part time (60 credit fee): £3,080
If you are studying as part of the ‘National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL)’ route, your fees will be paid by the NCTL. The NCTL also offers an employer incentive of £7,000 to cover the cost of university days and 6 weeks alternate placement.
2017/18 entry: part time (60 credit fee): £6,300
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- School of Education and Childhood Studies
- Programme specification
Structure & Teaching
The course is split into three units that are studied in one year, part time.
- Unit 1 – Developing Professional and Reflective Practice
- Unit 2 – Developing a pedagogical approach across the educational continuum of the EYFS (0-5), Key Stage 1 and 2.
- Unit 3 - Developing a critical awareness of practitioner responsibility by promoting Equality of Opportunity, Anti-discriminatory Practice and Children’s Rights
Teaching and Assessment
The year long course consists of three 20-credit units at level 6. The assessment is based on trainees meeting the Teachers' Standards (Early Years).
How are you assessed?
The assessment process is likely to include:
- A formative development and progress review to determine your progress in meeting the Teachers' Standards (Early Years)
- A portfolio of evidence which relates to your practice against the Teachers' Standards (Early Years)
- Direct observation of your practice
- Academic progress towards age related modules/assignments and placement
Facilities & Features
Study in SECS
The School comprises a body of experienced and enthusiastic staff with a range of expertise in the professional and academic sectors. We offer a welcoming learning environment, in a location near the heart of town, the sea front and within easy reach of road, rail and bus links.
Academic skills support
We offer access to online resources, modules and bite-size activities, all loaded with useful information and interactive activities to help you with all of your study skills needs as you study with us.
Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.
Careers & Opportunities
For trained early years teachers with many years of experience in practice, there are good opportunities for career progression leading to higher level leadership roles. These roles include private nursery manager, nursery chain teacher and children's centres co-ordinator or manager, where you would lead a multi-professional team. Salaries range between £25,000 and £40,000.
Those commencing employment from the undergraduate route have gained roles as early years teachers in private nurseries, preschools and children's centres, working with children and their families. Early career roles are often practice based but involve some form of leadership such as a room leader, EYT leading practice across a setting or SENCO co-ordinating provision for children with special education needs. Students have also gained practitioner roles in schools, working with young children aged 2 - 5. Salaries on graduation vary across the early years sector, starting at around £16,000 going up to £24,000.
Some graduates take up teaching roles in further education, with salaries starting at £25,000. Others continue their academic and professional development at Master's level.
Full-time undergraduate students on the Graduate Certificate EY ITT will have a placement arranged by the School of Education to put their learning into practice, and will have secured more than 120 days of teaching practice at the completion of the programme. Part-time students are likely to be working in this field already and will arrange their own alternate work based placement.
To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.
Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.
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