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Early Years Initial Teacher Training: Graduate Employment Based Route

Middlesex University

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  • Qualification

    QTS - Qualified Teaching Status

  • Location

    Middlesex University

  • Study mode

    Part time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary


Working as an early years teacher is a rewarding and challenging career and you can make a real difference to young children’s development and life chances. This part time training programme is designed for graduates employed in early years settings who wish to extend their teaching skills with children from birth to five years and develop their knowledge of early childhood learning and development. Your employer must be in full support of your application.

Why study Early Years Initial Teacher Training: Graduate Employment Based Route at Middlesex University?

This one year part time training route enables you to work towards Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) whilst being employed in an early years setting. In addition to the role that you have with children in your workplace, you will have the opportunity to extend your knowledge and skills through placement experiences to fully meet the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years) by the end of your training programme.

We recognise that as an employed-based student you will have unique training needs and we will work with you to create an individual training plan in consultation with your employer. We emphasise the importance of developing a strong knowledge and understanding of early childhood development, theory and early years pedagogy. This will support your expertise in supporting and leading reflective practice and quality provision for babies and young children across the Early Years Foundation Stage and the transition to Key Stage 1.

You will benefit from the guidance of expert tutors who bring a wealth of professional experience to their teaching. The opportunity to gain the postgraduate certificate in Early Years Foundation Stage Teaching, which can be used towards a master’s degree in the future, will enhance your professional development as a critically reflective early years teacher with EYTS.


Our degree is accredited by the Teaching Regulation Agency, Department for Education.


How can the Early Year Initial Teacher Training: Graduate Employment Based Route support your career?

Early Years ITT is the only teacher training focused on the birth to five year age range. This makes Early Years Teachers with Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) ideally placed to provide high quality education and care for babies and young children in all private, voluntary and independent (PVI) early years settings which is where the majority of children and early years provision are based. You can also work in free schools, academies and independent schools where teaching staff can be employed without the requirement to have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Early Years Teachers with EYTS can work in maintained settings. However, only those who meet the legal definition of a school teacher with QTS can lead teaching in a maintained nursery school or a nursery class in a maintained school for children aged 3 and over.

There is no pay scale for early years teachers. The pay and conditions of individuals with EYTS are determined by employers. All early years settings are free to set the level of pay for individuals they employ with early years teacher status including maintained schools.

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University information

Middlesex University

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  • Campus address

    Middlesex University, Hendon Campus, The Burroughs, Barnet, NW4 4BT, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    51st out of 84 14

  • Entry standards

    / Max 201
    111 54%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    64.0 64%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.01 80%



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