Early Years Teacher Status
Early Years Teacher Status has been introduced to build upon the strengths of the Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) programme. Early Years Teachers will be specialists in early childhood development, trained to work with babies and young children from birth to five.
Who is Early Years Teaching Status for?
Early Years Initial Teacher Training provides graduates within the workforce, or those aspiring to work with children, with the skills and opportunity to demonstrate excellent hands on practice with babies and young children from birth to five as well as developing the ability to lead and support the practice of others. There are different training options in order to gain the Early Years Teacher Status. An outline of the pathways available can be found here.
In order to be eligible all applicants are required to hold 3 GCSE's (or equivalent) at grade C, or above, in English Language, Mathematics and Science. We conduct our own Equivalency tests for applicants that do not currently hold these qualifications. We accept the following for Science:
- GCSE - Science / Biology / Chemistry / Physics / Core Science - Grade C or above
- IGCSE - Science / Biology / Chemistry / Physics - Grade C or above
- CSE - Science / Biology / Chemistry / Physics - Grade 1
- O Level - Science / Biology / Chemistry / Physics - Grade C or above
- Intermediate GNVQ Science (6 Unit) - Pass
- BTEC First Diploma in Applied Science (Award or Certificate) - Merit or Distinction
- Open University Module prefixed with the letter 'S' - Pass
- Irish Leaving Certificate (Ordinary or Higher) Science / Biology / Chemistry / Physics - Grade C or above
- OCR National, Level 2 Science - Pass
Please note GCSE Human Physiology and Health are not accepted. A University DBS check is also required.
Each trainee will complete a combination of face-to-face training days, placement with relevant age ranges and independent study. In addition all trainees are provided with full mentor support through their training programme.
Assessment for Early Years Teacher Status is against a National set of Teacher’s Standards. Every trainee will experience a review of their development and progress at a mid-point in their pathway. Following that, trainees are assessed through a combination of written assignments, a setting assessment visit and portfolio of evidence. All elements of assessment are mapped against the Teacher Standards. Those that successfully complete Early Years Initial Teacher Training and meet the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years) will be Early Years Teachers. They will hold Early Years Teacher Status.
Course costs, scholarships and exemptions
The new Early Years Initial Teacher Training programme is recruiting now for September 2013. Those who successfully complete will become the first Early Years Teachers. Course fees are fully funded by the Teaching Agency and there are also trainee bursaries and supply cover allowances available to trainee Early Years Teachers. Further information can be found here.
If you are returning after previously receiving a funded place or you do not work directly with children in an eligible setting and would like to self-fund for your own professional development, the pathways available and their relevant self-funding fees can be seen here.
Our application round for the September 2013 intake is now closed. If you are interested in applying for our September 2014 intake, please do so via the link below.
Why choose us?
Early Years Professionals have had a positive impact on the quality of early education and care for pre-school children. The introduction of Early Years Teachers will build on the EYPS programme to raise the status of the early years workforce. The change will give one title of ‘teacher’ across the early years and schools.