Nottingham Trent University

Early Years Initial Teacher Training

Early Years Initial Teacher Training

This one year, part-time degree is ideal if you are employed in an Early Years setting and leads to Teachers' Standard (Early Years) Award.

This one year, part-time degree for graduates who are employed in an Early Years setting want to achieve Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS).

The Department for Education (DfE) introduced the Early Years Initial Teacher Training qualification to raise the status of the early years workforce, providing specialist practitioners with the knowledge and understanding required to give children the best start in life.

Specifically focussed on the 0 - 5 age range, the course builds your understanding of the theory, policy and practice of working with very young children. It equips you to meet all the Teachers' Standards (Early Years) whilst developing your leadership and management skills to continually review, reflect and improve your professional practice.

Why choose this course?

  • Gain a recognised professional qualification
  • Course fees covered by DfE funding
  • Generous funding available for employers
  • Fast-track to a Master's with up to 60 Masters-level credits

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A minimum of a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent;and
  • GCSE English, Mathematics and Science at minimum grade C / 4 or equivalent. We accept the GCSE equivalency taken via;
  • one year’s work experience in a related role; current employment in a related field; and
  • an interview

Other requirements:

  • a Disclosure and Barring Service check; and
  • a Childcare disqualification check; and
  • a Prohibition Order check; and
  • a satisfactory health declaration; and
  • Professional skills test (pass).

Course modules

  • Knowledge of Early Learning and Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
  • Responding to the Strengths and Needs of All Children
  • Professional Leadership in Early Years
  • Early Years Professional Practice
  • Education Policy and Practice in Early Years


Sponsorship information

The course is funded by the Department for Education (DfE), so there are no fees. Your workplace can access up to £7000 to support you in completing this course. this could be used for staffing costs to release you for a second placement and / or for study.

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