Taught course

Early Years Teacher Status

University of Greenwich · Department of Primary Education

Entry requirements

You should have: An undergraduate degree including at least 90 credits of study in a relevant subject area e.g. early years, childhood studies. PLUS GSCEs at grade C or above in English, mathematics and science, or equivalent qualifications. • You must be currently employed in an appropriate setting, and have agreement from your employer that you will be paid at a minimum of unqualified teacher status salary for the duration of your training. You will be required to attend an interview. • You will need to pass pre-entry skills tests in numeracy and literacy before beginning the programme. • Applications from mature students are welcome.

Months of entry


Course content

This part-time programme is for you if you are currently working in the early years sector, have an undergraduate degree in a related subject, and wish to gain Early Years Teacher Status.

You will need permission from your employer to be released for study, and to attend placements as necessary.

Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) is the equivalent of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for specialists in early childhood development. It is awarded to graduates who have been judged to have met all of the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years) in practice from birth to five years old.

The Teachers’ Standards (Early Years) support the training, assessment and award of EYTS. Funding is available from the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL). Your course fees will be covered by an NCTL grant and your employer will receive up to £7,000 to cover your release.

You will spend time working on placement in early years settings in order to demonstrate that you meet the teaching standards. This will include experience across all age groups from birth to five years, and at least two weeks in a school at Key Stage 1. The Department of Education & Community Studies has strong partnerships with education providers and other early years settings and we will support you in finding suitable local placements.

The aims of the programme are:

  • To develop your professional practice with children from birth - five years
  • To develop your leadership skills in the early years
  • To support and lead reflective practice and quality provision in early years.


You will also study the following courses (at Level 7 unless otherwise indicated):

  • Leadership and Management: Working in a Multi-Professional Context (30 credits at level 7)
  • A Child’s Lived Experience: Developing Confident Learners (30 Credits at level 7)
  • Early Years Teacher Status Portfolio of Practice (30 credits at level 6)

Qualification and course duration


part time
12 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
020 831 9000