Taught course

Early Childhood (Employment-based)

London Metropolitan University · School of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants normally need to have a degree classification of 2.2 or above. You will also need to have GCSE grade C or above in Maths, English and Science at the point of application. Equivalency exams done through Equivalency Testing or A*Star Teachers will also be accepted. All entrants must have passed the professional skills tests prior to entry. This means that immediately upon submitting your application you will need to register to do your Skills Tests. See the website for Skills test registration > All entrants must demonstrate their suitability to teach. All entrants must have an enhanced DBS certificate. Applicants must: be employed in an appropriate early years setting for at least 16 hours per week be working at settings that deliver the Early Years Foundation stage be working directly with children aged birth to five applicants working in maintained schools must be employed as unqualified teachers and must be paid in accordance with at least point one on the unqualified teachers’ pay scale for the period of their training. Types of setting that meet the above criteria are: any setting on the Early Years Register nursery schools independent schools maintained schools academies

Months of entry


Course content

PGCE Early Childhood with Early Years Teacher Status is aimed at graduate practitioners wishing to further develop their specialism in working with children from birth to five years.

The course is founded on close collaborative links with employers, which continue through regular consultation regarding the needs of the workforce; resulting in bespoke course development and continuing professional development training.

What is the Early Years Initial Teacher Training?
Early Years Teacher Status is a professional accreditation endorsed by the Government for graduate early years practitioners who can demonstrate a set of professional standards. Through assessment, you will demonstrate your knowledge and experience across the full birth - five age range.

The first five years of life are critical in children's development. High quality early years provision can help children achieve their potential and support parents and families. Such provision requires a well-trained, well-supported and highly motivated workforce.

As an early years teacher, you will be key to raising the quality of early years provision. You will lead practice across the Early Years Foundation Stage in children’s centres, day nurseries independent schools, pre-schools and other early years settings.
You will lead practice across the Early Years Foundation Stage and transform and improve education and care for young children by:

• demonstrating the skills and behaviour of an effective practitioner in your work with children
• leading, supporting and mentoring others
• changing, shaping and improving practice in early years settings
• raising expectations
• encouraging and supporting learning and professional development

Early Years Teacher Status will be awarded to students who can demonstrate that they meet a set of national, Teachers’ Standards (Early Years).

The course also equips you to implement effective practice with children and families in a range of situations and to act as an advocate for their rights and well-being. We aim to do this through:

  • valuing our students’ individual experience and existing knowledge
  • embracing different opinions and experiences
  • ensuring that issues of equality and social justice underpin our work
  • engaging in continuous critical reflection and analysis
  • working with integrity, energy and enthusiasm

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

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