University of Brighton Early Years

University of Brighton Early Years

A child’s early years are a critical period for learning the practical, emotional and social skills that form a foundation for success in later life.

As an early years teacher you’ll support children’s development through play and care, creating a secure base from which they can safely explore their world.

This part-time employment-based route is suitable for skilled graduates who are already working with children aged from birth to five.

You’ll gain training and further experience to demonstrate the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years) and gain Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) alongside a solid understanding of the continuum to Key Stage 1.

Achieving EYTS means that you’ll be able to take on higher level and leadership roles to improve the experiences and life-chances of young children, providing them with the best start in life.

Our trained teachers are specialists in early childhood development and many go on to lead practice across the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

We work in partnership with your current employer to provide training and support and offer your employer a £7,000 financial incentive to provide for your cover while you’re at university and on placement.

Entry requirements

Getting good basic qualifications is the first step towards becoming an early years teacher and to be offered a course place you must meet the following entry requirements. If you have any questions about the requirements below contact Helen Mclaren

Degree or equivalent
A degree (300 HE credit points of which 60 must be at level 6) from a UK higher education institution, or equivalent qualification.

GCSE (minimum grade C or grade 4)
At least English language, maths and a science. If you do not meet the GCSE requirements, we can offer an equivalence test; contact us for details.

Current experience working with young children in the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Before starting the course, you will need:

  • a signed employer partnership agreement
  • to have passed the professional skills tests
  • to take part in a rigorous selection process designed to assess your suitability to teach
  • an advanced DBS check certificate.

Employer partnership agreement
Your employer needs to sign a partnership agreement, which states that they agree to support you during your period of training. This is a condition of the offer we make – you cannot start until we have received the signed agreement. Your employer will receive a £7,000 financial incentive to support you during this period. This is to cover, for example, supply cover costs to enable you to engage with training and placements.

Professional skills tests
The professional skills tests are compulsory: you will not be able to start your training without having successfully completed them. You can book these tests in advance, and the Department for Education strongly advises you to take the tests soon after you have submitted an application.

At the university we recognise that these tests present a real challenge to some candidates and we recommend that you prepare carefully before attempting them as you are limited to only three attempts per test. For this reason we will not insist that applicants have passed the tests before attending an interview; although having already passed the tests may give you a clear advantage, we will be prepared to consider your capacity to pass them.

Details about the tests, including how to register and prepare, can be found here.

Course structure

On this programme you will spend the majority of your time in your current workplace, with two other placements working with other age ranges including at Key Stage 1. In your workplace and on your placements you will put into practice the skills you learn through your training, with regard to current research and relevant theories.

You will attend university sessions once a month, where you will reflect on and analyse your own practice, and evaluate the work practices of your fellow practitioners. The training programme is dynamic, tailored to your individual needs and areas for improvement.

Assessment process

You will be assessed via:

  • a formative review to determine your progress in meeting the Early Years Teachers’ Standards
  • a portfolio of evidence which relates to your practice against the Early Years Teachers’ Standards
  • direct observation of your practice.

Fees and funding

Your fees

There are no fees for 2017 entry on to this course – it is fully funded by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).

NCTL funding will be available to support trainees on some routes. Please check the Department for Education’s website for updates and the most recent information.

Find out more

Find out more

Helen Mclaren
School of Education
01273 641 931