Taught course

Early Years Teacher Birth to 5 leading to Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS)

Kingston University · Education

Entry requirements

  • A good honours degree in any subject.
  • GCSE grade 4 and above (or C and above for examinations taken prior to 2017) in mathematics, English and one science subject. Equivalency tests will be considered from recognised institutions if GCSEs are not held. However, you will need to show on your application that these qualifications will be obtained before the course begins in September.
  • Trainees must be employed in an appropriate early years setting for at least 16 hours per week.
  • Trainees must be working at settings that deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage in order to be funded.
  • Sufficient employed experience, knowledge and understanding of early years.
  • A pass in the Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy before commencing their course. More information on this can be found here. At Kingston we offer free support sessions to help you to pass these tests.
  • An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service and Health checking process identifies no concerns about suitability to teach. DBS is current for the duration of the programme.

Months of entry


Course content

This employment based course provides intensive specialist training to become an early years teacher, enabling you to gain the Early Years Teacher Status in one year.

This course will enable you to become an effective, inclusive and evidence informed teacher. At the heart of our course is a commitment to personalising your journey to Early Years Teacher Status. We'll help you to grow in confidence and competence by providing you with outstanding support as you train. We have high student satisfaction rates, as evidenced in the Guardian University League table for Education.

You'll find a supportive learning environment at the University. This will help you develop a deep understanding of the early years curriculum and acquire a range of teaching methods, based upon the latest research in education. We model good teaching as we train you, so you can transfer what you've experienced into your own practice. You will benefit from an additional contrasting placement.

You'll also benefit from a course that supports you in becoming a research-engaged teacher, who can use evidence to drive improvements in young people's learning and well being. Your PGCE modules form part of our Master of Research in Education, which you can continue with beyond your PGCE year.

What will you study

You will gain a greater understanding of what it is to be an early years teacher within the Early Years Foundation Stage and the knowledge that underpins the delivery of this to babies and children in the birth to five years age range. Topics covered include, safeguarding and child protection, early literacy and phonics, early maths, personalised progress, tracking and leading and supporting.

As an early years teacher, you play an essential role in children's development between birth and the age of five, providing high-quality early education. By training to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage whilst undertaking the course, you will learn how to use your knowledge and skills to ensure children benefit from a high standard of early years teaching.

The Graduate Employment Based pathway is designed for graduates working in an early years setting who require additional training and further experience to demonstrate the Early Years Teacher Standards.

You will attend taught sessions once a week, usually a Friday from 9.00am until 5.00pm.

Trainees will also be required to undertake a the minimum of a two-week alternative placement in an appropriate early years setting as well as 10 days in a Key Stage 1 school. However, depending on experience this may be extended to four weeks if it is identified that the trainee requires more experience in a specific age group within an early years setting.

Early years teachers will be specialists in birth to five years old and will be ideally placed to fulfill the needs of employers in private and independent settings and schools to provide high quality education and care for babies and young children.

Information for international students

Trainees must be UK based and have the right work and study in the UK for at least the duration of their pathway.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCE
    part time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Early Years Teacher Initial Teacher Training administrator
+44 (0)20 8417 5145