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Early Years Teacher Status

Employment-Based EYTS

Are you an early years practitioner looking to advance your career while continuing to work?


Our Employment-Based Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) Programme is tailored for professionals like you, offering the opportunity to become an early years teacher, without stepping away from your current role.​ Tuition fees are fully funded by the Department for Education, and your employer can benefit from a £7,000 grant to help cover the costs associated with having a trainee.


Completion of this course provides you with the following qualifications

Early Years Teacher Status

Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) allows you to teach children from birth to the age of 5 in early years settings, including nurseries and reception classes in academies and independent schools.

Note: Teaching in reception classes in maintained schools requires Qualified Teacher Status. See our Primary QTS Only and Primary PGCE with QTS courses for information on our 3-7 pathway.

Course Structure

This employment-based programme is specifically designed for those already working in an early years settings who wish to gain the professional recognition and skills required to become an early years teacher. Accredited by the DfE, this programme allows you to continue to earn while you learn, applying new knowledge and skills directly within your setting.

This is a part-time employment-based training route from October 2024 - July 2025.

Programme Highlights

  • Professional Recognition: Achieve the EYTS qualification, demonstrating your expertise and commitment to high standards in early years education.

  • Learning whilst working: Continue working in your current early years setting while you study, allowing for immediate application of theoretical knowledge.

  • Expert Training: Learn from experienced educators and practitioners who bring a wealth of knowledge and practical insights.

  • Theory into practice: Apply your learning into your daily teaching, with experiences across the 0-5 age range.

  • Comprehensive Curriculum: Covering child development, pedagogy, and curriculum subject knowledge, our curriculum is designed to provide a holistic approach to early years education.

  • Support: Benefit from mentoring and support throughout the programme to ensure your success and professional development.

Why Choose Employment-Based EYTS?

  • Career Progression: Enhance your career prospects with a qualification that is highly valued.

  • Immediate Impact: Apply what you learn directly to your current role, benefiting your practice and the children you work with.

  • Supportive Learning Environment: Engage with a community of fellow practitioners and experienced educators, sharing insights and experiences.

Entry Requirements

This course has the following entry requirements:

What other criteria do I need to meet?

​To be eligible for this EYITT route, you must be:

  • in paid employment

  • in an early years setting

  • need training and further experience to demonstrate the teachers’ standards (early years)

  • have the right to work in the UK for the duration of the training

What criteria does my employer need to meet?

​To be eligible for this EYITT route, your must:

  • Be Ofsted registered and follow the EYFS

  • Provide a mentor (observe, assess and meet with trainee and submit termly reports)

  • Allow mentor to attend SCITT training in September

  • Allow support visits from the SCITT

  • Provide trainee with opportunities to teach across all available age groups and facilitate school placements

  • Allow trainees to attend all compulsory training days during the training year

  • Enable trainee to have 10% non-contact time for planning and for evidence gathering

  • Keep a financial record of how funding is used and spent

Application Process

  • Apply using the application form below, which includes a personal statement and two referees

  • We will invite you to an online interview meeting, which will include planning and talking through a planned 10 minute learning activity, answering some interview questions and completing a written task.

  • We will also check with your employer/mentor, that adequate support is in place to meet the course requirements.

  • If successful, you will receive a conditional offer, usually based on satisfactory references.

Course Fees

There are no fees associated with this programme.

Training is fully funded by the Department for Education with no tuition fee costs for trainees.

Employer Incentive

Your employer can benefit from a grant of £7,000 to support your setting in covering the costs of having a trainee. This grant is non-repayable and is paid in monthly installments to your setting.

This funding supports mentor time and covers trainee attendance at SCITT training days. 

Request an application form

To request an application form, please complete the following form. 

If you require equivalency tests you can still apply for our EYTS programme. Any offer would be conditional on satisfactory equivalency test completion prior to the course start date. 

I have the following GCSE qualifications or equivalent:

Our team will contact you via email if you are missing a relevant qualification. 

Our application form will be emailed to you shortly!

Want to teach outside of early years settings? Start your QTS training today.

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