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


Entry Requirements – all applicants:

  • Must work in an eligible Early Years setting which fully supports the application and acknowledges the important role that they will play in the training process as the employer
  •  Must have a GCSE or recognised equivalent in Science, Maths and English at Grade C or above
  • Must hold a degree equivalent to UK standards at the start of the programme. Those holding international degrees may be required to provide a UK NARIC Statement of Comparability
  • Will undergo a selection process and be required to attend an interview
  • Will have passed Professional Skills Tests in Maths and English prior to entry
  • Must provide confirmation that  appropriate suitability checks (including DBS) have been undertaken by their setting prior to starting the programme.

Indicative modules

We will cover key topics in Early Childhood Education and Care such as:

  • Early Years Pedagogy and Approaches
  • Professionalism in the Early Years – the Role of the Early Years Teacher
  • Understanding and Promoting Quality in the Early Years
  • Planning a Stimulating Environment for Purposeful Play and Learning (indoors and outdoors)
  • Constructing Childhood, Children’s Rights and the Voice of the Child
  • Diversity, Equality and Inclusion
  • Safeguarding
  • Attachment Theory & The Role of The Key Personal
  • Observation, Planning and Assessment Methods
  • Emotional Literacy & Supporting Transitions
  • Preparing for Phonics in the EYFS
  • Preparing for Early Maths in the EYFS
  • National Curriculum
  •  KS 1 Placement Reflections & Physical Development
  • Professionalism in the Wider Context & Integrated Working
  • Parental Engagement
  • Working with Babies
  • 2 Year Olds and the 2 Year Old Check
  • Leadership in the Early Years
  • Early Communication & Language
  • Promoting Creativity
  • Additional Needs, Special Educational Needs & Disability
  • Quality Interactions – Sustained Shared Thinking
  • Child Development

Teaching and assessment

The assessments will allow you to demonstrate your practical knowledge and skills alongside developing your critical and theoretical understanding of the subject, they will build on your particular interests and are likely to have outcomes that will be of benefit to your professional life and to your employer. Different types of assessment modes are employed across the programme to enable you to provide evidence of a range of knowledge, skills, and understanding and competences. These assessment methods include essays, a portfolio, the development profile and observations of practical teaching in early years settings and schools.  There are no timed tests or exams.