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Become an Early Years teacher 

Make a lasting and positive impact on the lives of babies and young children.

At the Institute of Education, we offer a number of routes into Early Years Initial Teacher Education. 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 academics, benefit from our network of flexible placements, and enjoy a broad range of resources and facilities.

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:

  • day-care
  • nurseries
  • preschools
  • academies and free schools
  • out of school settings and children's centres
  • home-based childcare such as childminding.

Qualify as an Early Years teacher 

If you have an undergraduate degree but have no experience in 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).

If you have an undergraduate degree and are employed within an Early Years setting (for example in a day nursery) you can enrol on 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.

Find out more about the Postgraduate Certificate in Early Years Practice 

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.

Find out more about gaining EYTS through the Assessment Only Route 


Teacher training events

Come to a Postgraduate Initial Teacher Education event. These events cover all routes into teaching for Early Years, Primary and Secondary Postgraduate programmes.


Education brochure

Our programmes are designed to challenge, inspire and equip you to become an outstanding educational practitioner. Read the brochure to find out more. 

Sarah Gresty

Read Sarah's story

I have a much deeper understanding of child development. I am more reflective and have become a confident, inspirational teacher.

Sarah Gresty

PG Cert Early Years Practice