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Becoming an Early Years Teacher

The first five years of life are pivotal in a child’s development. High quality early years provision can help a child achieve their potential and support parents and families.

What is Early Years Teacher status?

Graduates can become an Early Years Teacher by enrolling on and successfully completing an Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) programme to demonstrate they meet a set of national, professional standards when working with children from birth to five.

Early Years Teachers are specialists in early childhood development and make the education and care of babies and children their first concern. They are accountable for achieving the highest possible standards in their professional practice and conduct.

Early Years Teachers keep their knowledge and skills up to date and are self-reflective. They forge positive professional relationships and work with parents/carers in the best interests of babies and children.

Please note: in addition to a degree, all entrants are required to have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade C in GCSE examinations in English, mathematics and a science subject. English and Maths are nationally funded, contact your local authority to enquire about availability of funding for science.

How do I find out more?

For more information including entry requirements, routes to gaining the status, funding and how to apply visit the Department for Education Get into Teaching website.

Is there further support once I gain Early Years Teacher status?

Yes, some local authorities also run an Early Years Teacher Network offering opportunities to meet regularly to share good practice and access high level continuous professional development. Contact your local authority for more information.

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