A degree in a relevant subject, although a non relevant degree together with appropriate experience will also be considered. The degree does not have to be at a specified level, but bursaries are available for those with a First or 2:1. The supporting qualifications needed to get onto an Early Years teacher training course will be the same as those needed for primary teacher training. Trainees will need a GCSE grade C in English, Maths and Science or equivalent, and will have to pass the same numeracy and literacy skills tests, there is no cost for the initial skills test.
Graduate Employment Based (GEB); Graduate Entry Mainstream (GEM)
Months of entry
What will Early Years teachers be?
Early Years teachers will be specialists in early childhood development. They will be degree-educated and be trained to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage for children from birth to age five. They will also understand how early education links to education beyond age five and into key stages 1 and 2. Their role is to be graduate leaders responsible for organising and leading high-quality teaching practice in early years settings, with a view to making a lasting, positive difference to children’s wellbeing, learning and development.
What will they do?
Early Years teachers will work with babies and young children. As well as helping them to learn, develop, and prepare for school and later life, Early Years teachers will also provide the care, attention and emotional support which these young children need.
Early Years teachers will also support and lead staff who work with babies and young children, including Early Years Educators. This will help ensure that babies and young children receive the high quality care which is crucial to their development.
How will they be trained and gain Early Years Teacher Status?
Early Years teachers will undergo rigorous training just as primary teachers do. The qualifications needed to get onto an Early Years teacher training course will be the same as those needed for primary teacher training. Trainees will need a GCSE grade C in English, Maths and Science or equivalent, and will have to pass the same numeracy and literacy skills tests, there is no cost for the initial skills test.
This is for graduates with a relevant degree but limited experience who want to work in the Early Years sector. You will attend Newman approximately two full days per week, however you will also undertake a total of 24 weeks in at least two settings to experience working with babies, toddlers and young children and two weeks in Key Stage 1.
In addition you will undertake a post graduate certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care to further develop your knowledge and understanding of effective early years practice.
Typically this will be over a one-year period. This is a fully funded course by the NCTL.
Fees and funding
Also for trainees with high academic achievement:
A bursary of £5,000 for graduates with a first-class degree
A bursary of £4,000 for graduates with a 2:1 degree
A bursary of £2,000 for graduates with a 2:2 degree
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Jane Beniston (Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Education and Care)
- 0121 476 1181