Nottingham Trent University

Early Years Initial Teacher Training (Assessment Only)

Early Years Initial Teacher Training (Assessment Only)

If you are an experienced Early Years practitioner with experience of working with children from birth to 5 years old, and you wish to gain Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS), the Assessment Only route is ideal for you.

As an experienced practitioner it is possible you can meet the requirements of the Teacher Standards (Early Years) without any further training.

Supported by your employer, the course allows you to demonstrate that you already meet all the Early Years teaching standards through assessment of your current practice.

A successful assessment leads to Teachers' Standards (Early Years) Award.

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • a degree from a UK higher education institution or equivalent qualification;
  • GCSE English, Mathematics and Science at minimum grade C / 4 or equivalent;

Other requirements:

  • Two years relevant and recent experience of practice prior to being assessed against the Teachers' Standards (Early Years) and the ability to evidence this;
  • Disclosure and Barring Service and Prohibition Order checks;
  • Professional skills test (pass).
  • Interview;
  • If you your setting is based further than 50 miles from Nottingham please contact us to discuss if we can support you before making an application.

Course modules

The Early Years Initial Teacher Training (Assessment Only) route is not a training course, but allows you to demonstrate that you meet all the Teachers' Standards (Early Years) through a selection and assessment process.

Assessment methods

The assessment takes place in the setting where you are currently employed. Full support by your employer is essential to ensure the assessments can take place. If you your setting is based further than 50 miles from Nottingham please contact us to discuss if we can support you before making an application.

You will gather a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate how you implement each of the Teachers' Standards effectively across the whole age range of 0 - 5 years. You will be expected to demonstrate you have gained experience across a minimum of two early years settings, including Key Stage 1.

The assessment process

The assessment will include:

  • a completed application form, including a personal statement
  • a reference from your current employing setting
  • observation and assessment of your practice in your setting
  • evidence of passing the Department for Education's Professional Skills tests
  • Disclosure and Barring Service and Prohibition Order checks.

How long does the assessment take?

  • The assessment will be completed within a maximum period of 12 weeks. If a longer period is required, then an alternative programme can be advised.

Placements

  • This course does not currently offer placements. Applicants must have access to an appropriate Early Years setting prior to applying where they can be assessed and the full support of their employer.
  • Applicants will need to ensure they can meet the Teachers' Standards (Early Years) for experience in two settings including 10 days in Key Stage 1.

Sponsorship information

There is no Department for Education funding for the Assessment Only route, therefore you or your supporting school must meet the cost of the assessment.

The current fees are:

  • Initial Assessment: £500 (non-refundable)
  • Final Assessment: £1,500
  • Additional visits: £150

There could be an additional charge for travel and accommodation if you are more than 50 miles away from the University. If you your setting is based further than 50 miles from Nottingham please contact us to discuss if we can support you before making an application.

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