Early Years Initial Teacher Training programme (EYITT) leading to EYTS


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, for more information go to;  http://www.education.gov.uk/sta/professional   

Newman will be offering two graduate pathways from September 2015

Graduate Entry Mainstream (GEM) (full-time)

This route is for graduates studying full-time through an academic-based route. Typically this will be over a one-year period.

The following funding is available from the NCTL:

  • A grant of £7,000 for course fees, available to all graduates

Also for trainees with high academic achievement:

  • A bursary of £9,000 for graduates with a first-class degree
  • A bursary of £4,000 for graduates with a 2:1 degree 

Graduate Entry Employment-Based (part-time)

This route is for graduates working in an early years setting who require training and further experience to demonstrate the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years).

It is also for graduates who are newly recruited to an early years setting and are undertaking early years ITT through an employment-based route.

Training typically takes place over a one-year period.

A £14,000 incentive from the NCTL is available to employers. This covers the training course fees of up to £7,000. It could also contribute to supply cover for the trainee and other support costs such as salary enhancements.

Training providers receive the funding to cover the course fees. The remaining funding is then transferred to the early years employer.


Entry Requirements

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, for more information go to;  http://www.education.gov.uk/sta/professional 

Skills Tests

All applicants applying to start an Early Years Initial  Teacher training course in September 2015 will be required to pass literacy and numeracy skills tests before 1st May 2015. Late applicants must pass the skills tests before applying. These tests are carried out to ensure you have the expertise to meet your professional responsibilities. The numeracy and literacy tests cover the core skills that teachers need to fulfil their wider professional role in schools, rather than the subject knowledge required for teaching.

NCTL will pay for the first tests undertaken in numeracy and literacy. If candidates do not achieve the pass mark at this first attempt and wish to retake the tests there is a charge for additional tests of £19.50 per test.

To register for a skills test visit the Department of Education. We advise that you practise the tests beforehand as these are timed tests. You can access practise tests here. Applicants must submit an application before taking the tests as evidence must be provided when attending the test centre.

The number of resits allowed will be limited to two per subject. Candidates who fail after two resits in either numeracy or literacy will not be able to take any more skills tests, in either subject, for 24 months from the date of the second resit.

N.B. An official communication from the Standards and Testing Agency
The contractor responsible for delivering the Professional skills tests (skills tests) will shortly change from Pearson VUE to learndirect. This will affect how candidates will book their tests.
From Wednesday 1 October 2014, candidates will be able to book with learndirect for tests to be taken from Monday 1 December 2014 onwards. Tests can be booked via our skills test registration page or by phoning 0300 303 9613. Further details are also available on our skills test pages.
Updated practice tests, including punctuation for the literacy test, will be available from Wednesday 1 October 2014. They can be accessed via our skills test pages.

How to Apply

Application forms will be available on this website from November 2014 (Guidance notes available).

Contact details

In the first instance: Louise Smith – EYTS Administrator
T. 0121 476 1181 ext: 2459
E: eyts@newman.ac.uk  OR

Deborah Harris, Programme Co-ordinator for Early Years Teacher Programme
T: 0121 476 1181 ext. 2295
E: eyts@newman.ac.uk

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