How do I train to teach early years?
You need to complete an early years initial teacher training course and demonstrate you meet the Teachers' Standards (Early Years). Your training course should include putting a portfolio of evidence together to achieve this. Once you have done this, you will be awarded EYTS.
Our early years initial teacher training courses
From A level or equivalent:
- BA (Hons) Early Years and Psychology
- BA (Hons) Early Years and Special and Inclusive Education
- BA (Hons) Education Studies and Early Years.
From a degree or equivalent:
From a degree or equivalent and substantial experience of working in an early years setting:
You will have to pass professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy before you start your course. Find out more about the tests and how to prepare for them with our student guide.
What about placements?
Classroom experience is central to our teacher training and you will spend at least 120 days in an early years setting, of which a minimum of ten days must be in a Key Stage 1 setting. Our tutors prepare you beforehand and trained colleagues at the placement's setting work closely with us to support you during and after, so you feel confident in the classroom.