University Of Chichester Early Years Teacher Training

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University Of Chichester Early Years Teacher Training

We offer the Early Years Initial Teacher Training Graduate Employment Based (EYITT GEB) and Assessment Only routes to gaining Early Years Teacher Status. EYITT GEB is for existing graduates in an early years setting who require further training and further experience to demonstrate the Early Years Teacher standards, or a graduate newly recruited to an early years setting in order to undertake the course.

To be awarded Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS), trainees must meet robust standards designed specifically for high quality education and care of babies and young children. This makes Early Years Teachers ideally placed to fulfill the needs of employers for outstanding work with this age group. EYTS is awarded by the National College for Teaching and Leadership on behalf of the Department of Education.

For further enquiries, please email the EYTS team.

Course content

The 15 required university training days are organised to flow across the year, although the majority will be held over the first two school terms to allow for development of subject knowledge and understanding. There is an expectation of in-depth reflection from training day content and topics and that where appropriate, theory and discussions from academic training days should impact on professional practice to improve outcomes for children in your care. Training days cover a range of core early years topics e.g. emotional literacy, attachment and the key person, from mark making to writing and from environmental sounds to phonics. Other training days will be planned to meet the needs of trainees.

You’ll also undertake a placement of approximately 30 days (usually split into two three-week blocks) in a setting that is different to your own plus an additional two week placement in a Key Stage 1 class in a school.
Key Features of the Graduate Employment Based Route:

  • Fully funded by the National College for Teaching and Leadership, so no course fees to pay
  • £7,000 employer incentive available to cover release and other costs
  • Completed September-June, whilst employed in an early years setting/school
  • Up to 30 days placement in an alternative early years setting
  • Two-week placement within Key Stage 1 (five to seven year olds)
  • 15 university training days spread over the duration of the course
  • University Link Tutor to visit you in your early years setting/school
  • Dedicated mentor from within your early years setting/school
  • Working timetable should be no more than 90% of the full-time working hours of an Early Years Teacher