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Early Years Teacher Training (EYITT)

At the Institute of Education we offer an employment-based route to becoming a Early Years Teacher for graduates working in an early years setting who need further training to demonstrate the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years).

As an Early Years Teacher, you’ll be a specialist in early childhood development, trained to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage for children from birth to five age range. This is a critical stage in children's development.‌

Early Years ITT is the only teacher training focussed on the birth to five age range. To be awarded Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS), student teachers must meet robust standards designed specifically for high quality work with this age group. This makes Early Years Teachers ideally placed to fulfil the needs of employers for high quality education and care for babies and young children.

We offer one route that confers EYITT, which is our Graduate Employment Based route leading to Early Years Teacher Status. This is a part-time course for graduates working as practitioners in early years settings who need further training to demonstrate the Teachers' Standards (Early Years).


*please note this course does not confer Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Find out about our Primary and Secondary Education courses that lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Funding Guidance

£14,000 is available for this type of employment based route we offer, it is made up of a:

  • £7,000 training grant for providers
  • £7,000 employer incentive for the trainee’s employer

*information taken from the Department for Education early years funding guidance (2019-20)

There is therefore no tuition fee costs or bursaries for the student.

View our Preparing for ITT Application & Interviews vOctober 2019 advice document.

There are many ways that you can prepare for teacher training. We have put together alist of things that you can do and courses that you can take to support your application. 

Come along to one of our Postgraduate Open Evenings, or  where you will have the opportunity to talk to staff and students who are currently studying and find out more about the course and our facilities.