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Becoming an early years teacher

Do you enjoy working with young children? Qualify as an early years teacher at one of the country's top three providers of teacher training and make a lasting and positive impact on the lives of babies and young children.

As an early years practitioner you will specialise in working with babies and young children, from birth to five years old. You'll be qualified to work in a wide range of settings, including daycare, nurseries and preschools, academies and free schools, out of school settings and children's centres as well as home based childcare such as childminding.

At the Institute of Education, we offer a number of routes into Early Years Initial Teacher Training. Our courses will give you the range of skills, experience and knowledge you need to become a specialist in early childhood development. You will learn from a diverse and incredibly experienced community of world class academics, benefit from our network of flexible placements, and enjoy a broad range of resources and facilities.

Graduates: want to qualify as an Early Years teacher?

If you have an undergraduate degree but have no experience of working with young children you can enrol on our full-time PGCEYP (Postgraduate Certificate in Early Years Practice) course and gain EYTS (Early Years Teacher Status).

Or, if you have an undergraduate degree and are employed within an early years setting (for example in a day nursery) you can enrol on to the Graduate Employer Course. You will complete the PGCEYP and gain EYTS whilst continuing working.

Both routes offer fully funded places for graduates who wish to work within early education.

GRaduates: want to gain a master's course in early years education?

If you have an undergraduate degree and would like to enhance your education and leadership skills our MA Education (Early Years) will give you the knowledge you need to develop professionally. This course does not provide EYTS (Early Years Teacher Status).

Already teaching but need EYTS?

If you are a graduate, have significant experience and need to obtain EYTS (Early Years Teacher Status), our Assessment Only route can help you.

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