Taught course

Early Years Teacher Status

University of Greenwich · Department of Primary Education

Entry requirements

You should have: An undergraduate degree in any subject PLUS GSCEs at grade C or above in English, mathematics and science, or equivalent qualifications. • 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

Months of entry


Course content

This programme is for you if you have some experience in the early years sector and wish to develop your knowledge and gain Early Years Teacher Status.

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. If your first degree is at 2.1 or above you will also be eligible for a bursary to help cover any additional study costs.

You will spend 120 days, or 24 weeks, 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 professional practice with children from birth - five years
  • To develop leadership skills in the early years
  • To support and lead reflective practice and quality provision in early years.


  • One option from: Leading and Managing in Early Years; Leadership and Management in Early Years: Working in a Multi Professional Context (Level 7) (30 credits)
  • One option from: Child Development and Learning: Birth to Five Years; The Child’s Lived Experience: Developing Confident Learners (Level 7) (30 credits)
  • Mentor Preparation for the Children’s Workforce (15 credits)
  • Keeping Children Safe From Harm (15 credits)
  • Early Years Teacher Status Portfolio of Practice (30 credits)

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
020 8331 9000