Current government reforms in education are focused on early childhood development and the importance of high quality early years provision in preparing young children for the best start in life. So if you're aspiring to be an early years specialist and want to train to teach young children from birth to five years, then this course will help you on your way.
A highly skilled workforce is seen as critical in supporting high quality early years provision and so upon successful completion of the course you'll be awarded Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS). This reflects the significant role you'll have in working with young children.EYTS is awarded by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (gov.uk/government/organisations/national-college-for-teaching-and-leadership) on behalf of the Department of Education.
You'll have the opportunity to gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of early childhood; looking at the role of play, considering different curriculum models and examining the impact of early childhood research and theories on current government perspectives and policies. We work in partnership with a strong network of Early Years settings and schools to deliver EYTS training. These settings offer placements for graduate employed trainees who undertake a 30 day placement in a setting that is different to their own. This forms a key element of your course.Your placement can provide you with opportunities to enhance your learning and to develop your skills of teaching and leadership in a different work context.
You'll be taught by an outstanding team of teachers; in fact we are ranked in the top ten for Education in the Guardian University Guide (2017) for the seventh consecutive year. You'll also have access to our extensive professional and academic network which feeds directly into course design and delivery and to excellent facilities and specialist equipment.
We offer two routes leading to the new award of Early Years Teacher Status:
• This Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYTS) - Graduate Employment Route aimed specifically at graduates who are currently employed in an Early Years setting (12 months part-time course whilst you train on the job in your place of employment)
• Our Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYTS) - Graduate Entry Mainstream
You will be required to undertake a placement in a setting that is different to your own for a minimum of 30 days and an additional placement of two weeks in a key stage one class. You will be assessed at the end of each term against the Teacher Standards for Early Years and will be required to produce a Teaching File, including a reflective account of your work with each particular age group. You will be observed teaching and graded in each of the Teachers' Standards for Early Years at the end of each term.