EYITT (GE) (full-time)


Early Years Initial Teacher Training

Graduate Entry

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.


How to Apply

Please download the application form below, complete and return to the Admissions department. Guidance notes for the application and DBS forms are also provided.

In order to develop their academic knowledge and understanding of Early Childhood, trainees on the GEM route also undertake the PG Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care alongside the EYITT qualification.  Please go to the PG Certificate page and complete this additional application form which must be submitted alongside your EYITT application.


For further general information about achieving Early Years Teacher Status please go to the official Get Into Teaching website.



doc  Application Form
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pdf  DBS Guidance
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Entry requirements

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

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance is required.

Students will also be required to undertake the Post Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care alongside EYITT training in order to develop their academic knowledge and understanding of Early Childhood. Please go to the PG Certificate webpage and complete an application form which needs to be sent in alongside the EYITT application form.

Skills Tests

All applicants applying to start an Early Years Initial Teacher Training course in September 2016 will be required to pass literacy and numeracy skills tests before the end of May 2016. 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 £19.25 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.

Newman University offers revision session support courses for teacher training applicants in preparing for the national professional tests in literacy and numeracy. The sessions are delivered by expert tutors who will cover key areas of knowledge alongside test techniques. The tutors have experience of developing confidence through targeted revision and clear explanation of the tests.

We offer separate courses focusing on literacy and numeracy tests. The price for each course is £25, there is a 20% discount for those who pay to attend both courses - 2 courses is £40.

Further details and dates are detailed here.

To book a place: http://tinyurl.com/skillstests
Please direct any queries to school-education@newman.ac.uk


Course fees are £7,000,  but a grant of £7,000 for course fees, is available to all graduates, from the NCTL.

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

Further information is also available on  the Get Into Teaching page.

EYITT (GE) (full-time)

You will attend taught sessions at Newman which will encompass both face to face taught sessions and tutorials with a Newman Personal Tutor. The taught sessions   will focus on aspects of Child Development, Curriculum, Professional Practice and Early Years in Practice which will be linked to the Early Years Teacher Standards. In addition to this you will also undertake Masters Modules relating to Safeguarding, Effective Pedagogy and Leadership. Completing these modules will also enable you to exit with a Post Graduate certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care and also gives the opportunity to progress to a full MA degree. Attendance will be over 2 days per week,(when you are not in placement) plus  twilight sessions  over the 12 months programme.

You will need to undertake 24 weeks of placement in early years settings to demonstrate your ability to work competently with babies, toddlers and young children and meet the Early Years teacher Standards across these age groups. In addition to this you will spend 2 weeks in KS1.



You will be assessed on aspects of work relating to child development, professional practice and curriculum which will be directly linked to the Early Years Teacher Standards. Assessments will also be undertaken relating to Safeguarding, Leadership and Effective Pedagogy.

You will  produce a portfolio of evidence which clearly demonstrates your ability to meet the Early Years Teacher Standards.

Course subject to validation.

Course code

Apply direct to Newman University - EYITT2016

For all enquiries relating to admissions or entry requirements, email us at admissions@newman.ac.uk

Q and A - employment of early years teachers

Why should I choose a training route leading to early years teacher status?

Many individuals make their decision based on the age group they want to teach. Initial teacher training leading to early years teacher status is designed for those who wish to specialise in early childhood development and lead education and care for children from birth to five years.  Working as an early years teacher with young children is a rewarding and challenging career, and teachers can make a real difference to children’s development and life chances. There are opportunities to work in a range of early years settings to further develop skills and expertise and also opportunities to move into management of a setting.

For those who wish to work with primary school age children the most common route to becoming a school teacher is to undertake initial teacher training leading to QTS.

Will I get QTS if I achieve early years teacher status?

No. Successful completion of an early years initial teacher training course leads to the award of early years teacher status. This award is different to the award of QTS and is designed for those who wish to specialise in work with babies and young children from birth to five years. The role early years teachers play will depend on the type of provision they work in, but whatever the setting, they will bring knowledge, skills and experience and contribute to improving outcomes for young children.

If I have early years teacher status can I teach in a maintained school?

Those with early years teacher status can work in maintained settings but only individuals who meet the legal definition of a school teacher can lead teaching in a maintained nursery school or a nursery class in a maintained school for children aged 3 and over.  Those with early years teacher status are, therefore, not able to lead classes in a maintained nursery or school, unless they also hold QTS (or a suitable international teaching qualification as defined by NARIC). Early years teachers can, of course, lead teaching in all other early years settings.

Where can those with early years teacher status lead teaching?

Early years teachers can work in all private, voluntary and independent (PVI) early years settings which is where the majority of children and early years provision is based.  They can also work in free schools, academies and independent schools which can employ teaching staff without the requirement for them to have QTS.

What is the pay scale for early years teachers?

There is no pay scale for early years teachers. The pay and conditions of individuals with early years teacher status are determined by employers. All early years settings are free to set the level of pay for individuals they employ with early years teacher status including maintained schools.

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