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Early Years Teacher Birth to 5 leading to Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) PGCE

Graduate Employment Based pathway

Mode Duration Start date
Part time (employment based) 1 year September 2020

Choose Kingston's Early Years Teacher Birth to 5 leading to Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) PGCE

This employment based course provides intensive specialist training to become an early years teacher in one year, with Early Years Teacher Status.

This course will enable you to become an effective, inclusive and evidence-informed teacher. At the heart of our course is a commitment to personalising your journey to Early Years Teacher Status. We'll help you to grow in confidence and competence by providing you with outstanding support as you train.

You'll find a supportive learning environment at the University. This will help you develop a deep understanding of the early years curriculum and acquire a range of teaching methods, based upon the latest research in education. We model good teaching as we train you, so you can transfer what you've experienced into your own practice. You will benefit from an additional contrasting placement which will provide you with a breadth of experience.

You'll also benefit from a course that supports you in becoming a research-engaged teacher, who can use evidence to drive improvements in young people's learning and well being. Your PGCE modules form part of our Master of Research in Education, which you can continue with beyond your PGCE year.

What will you study?

You will gain a greater understanding of what it is to be an early years teacher within the Early Years Foundation Stage and the knowledge that underpins the delivery of this to babies and children in the birth to five years age range. Topics covered include, safeguarding and child protection, early literacy and phonics, early maths, personalised progress, tracking and leading and supporting. 

As an early years teacher, you play an essential role in children's development between birth and the age of five, providing high-quality early education. By training to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage whilst undertaking the course, you will learn how to use your knowledge and skills to ensure children benefit from a high standard of early years teaching.

The Graduate Employment Based pathway is designed for graduates working in an early years setting who require additional training and further experience to demonstrate the Early Years Teacher Standards.

You will attend taught sessions once a week, usually a Friday from 9.00am until 5.00pm.

Trainees will also be required to undertake a the minimum of a two-week alternative placement in an appropriate early years setting as well as 10 days in a Key Stage 1 school. However, depending on experience this may be extended to four weeks if it is identified that the trainee requires more experience in a specific age group within an early years setting. 

Early years teachers will be specialists in birth to five years old and will be ideally placed to fulfill the needs of employers in private and independent settings and schools to provide high quality education and care for babies and young children.


Professional placement in early years setting

  • You will produce a portfolio of work to evidence how your practice meets the Early Years Teachers' Standards. You will receive regular feedbackwith targets that enable you to grow in confidence and ability.
  • Your portfolio will be used as a key part of the decision to recommend you for Early Years Teacher Status.

PGCE Academic Modules

  • You will complete one assignment in each of the level 7 modules. These assignments are designed to deepen your understanding of teaching, knowledge and practice through engaging with evidence from your experience.

Course structure

You will study the Early Years curriculum and teaching methods based on the latest research. Topics include safeguarding, literacy, early maths, forest school and special educational needs and disability (SEND). Personalised support will help you with your study.

Sessions are for one full day a week, usually a Friday. Placements are in an Early Years setting (minimum 10 days, which may be extended to minimum 20 days depending on prior experience) and a Key Stage 1 school experience. You will be fully supported by setting mentors and university tutors.


  • Non-credit bearing module

    This module focuses on developing your ability to teach, assess and undertake your professional responsibilities in your chosen phase of education. It is part based at the University, where lectures, seminars and online learning will provide you with research, theory and practice based insights into effective learning and teaching. It is largely based upon your practice in school and settings, where you receive formal training, experience of working alongside professionals, experience of being the lead practitioner in a classroom/setting and experience of the wider aspects of being a teacher.

    Successful completion of this module, in combination with the academic level 7 modules will enable a recommendation for Early Years Teacher Status.

  • This module introduces students to theories of reflective practice and the value and purpose of reflection for teachers. This will enable students to develop in-depth understanding of how they reflect in order to identify issues and develop solutions in their professional settings.

    The main features of the module are critical explorations of factors that affect how children develop physically, socially and as learners. Students will critically analyse issues relevant to their current practice considering their own position as effective teachers.

    Through completion of a reflective journal during the module students will develop critical, reflective and reflexive skills to inform peer and colleague discussion within a learning community. Students will be encouraged and supported to challenge and develop their professional practice.

  • This module enables you to locate yourself as an emerging professional within wider discourses about teaching as a profession. It allows you to evaluate your own identity as a professional and reflect on the values that you and the wider profession hold. You will critically analyse discussions and debates which affect classroom practice. These debates will focus on specific areas to exemplify wider issues in education. The focus of these discussions will be on inclusive teaching and learning and the legislative frameworks which provide codes of practice. 

    A key focus of the module is to develop your ability to make sense of education research and to apply this in the context of your school or setting.


We aim to ensure that all courses and modules advertised are delivered. However in some cases courses and modules may not be offered. For more information about why, and when you can expect to be notified, read our Changes to Academic Provision.

Regulations governing this course are available here

Details of term dates for this course can be found here

For further information:

Early Years Teacher Initial Teacher Training administrator
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 5145
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For further information:

Early Years Teacher Initial Teacher Training administrator
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 5145
Email us


This course is taught at Kingston Hill

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