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Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT)



September 3
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Pen Green Research, Training and Development Base,
Rockingham Road, Corby,
NN17 1AG
United Kingdom

This is a one year postgraduate course for graduates working in an early years setting who require further experience to demonstrate the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years). Upon completion you will be awarded a Professional Graduate Certificate and will be recommended for Early Years Teacher Status – a government endorsed accreditation to teach children aged 0-5 years.

This course is delivered at Pen Green Research Base and accredited by the University of Bedfordshire. Early Years Teacher Status is awarded by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

This is a one year programme and is delivered across three study blocks at Pen Green Research Base.

The aim of the course is to prepare you to be a well-informed and confident leader of practice in your setting. You will study two units over the academic year, one to help you develop as an Early Years researcher in an area of particular interest to you, and the other to investigate current issues and debates and consider how these impact on your work. In particular, you will explore different approaches to leadership, and apply different theorisations to your experience at work.

The units inter-relate. Your learning on one unit will feed into your learning on the other, and both will draw on and shape your own practice with young children in early years contexts. You will be supported to develop a particular aspect of practice to meet one of your setting’s current priorities.  You will develop a rationale for the choices you make with links to different theories and consider how you would present this to a range of stakeholders.

Leading High Quality Practice In The Early Years (30 credits)
The Professional Early Years Practitioner (30 credits)

2018 Entry
The next cohort will commence studies in September 2018.

You will take part in a rigorous selection process designed to assess your suitability to become a
leader of Early Years practice.

In addition to this, prior to entry, you should:

  • Be a graduate with at least 300 credits
  • Be employed or working as a volunteer in an Early Years setting
  • Obtain DBS
  • Pass professional skills tests in English and Mathematics
  • Obtain grade C or above (or equivalent) in GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding your suitability for the course.

This tuition fee for this course is fully funded by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.
Funding of £14,000 is available, £7000 pays for the full course costs, and a further £7000 is paid
directly to your setting in three equal instalments. This bursary is used to comply to the requirements of EYTS and to support you throughout the course. This bursary is used to comply to the requirements of EYTS and to support you throughout the course.

Please contact us for further information.

Please note that all applications should come directly to Pen Green at the address below.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact us by phone on 01536 443435 or email.

To apply, complete the application form and email or post to:

EYITT Administrator
Pen Green Research Base
Rockingham Road
NN17 1AG