“Good-quality training that boosts trainees’ confidence in their abilities and fosters enthusiastic early years teachers who reflect critically on their teaching and show a high level of professional and personal conduct.”
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There is increasing demand for graduates to work in the 0-5 age range. There is strong evidence, recognised by the DfE that pre-schoolers who attend a graduate led setting have better outcomes throughout the rest of their schooling. Changes to ensure parents have greater access to good childcare and support to meet the costs are being introduced by the DfE. 40% of 2 year olds now receive 15 hours a week of free early education and the new government are pushing ahead with doubling the hours for 3 and 4 year olds.
The programme content will prepare you to teach across the 0-5 age range (the Early Years Foundation Stage) and engage you with the expectations and curricula of teaching in Key Stages 1 and 2.
The University-led sessions will cover content such as the fundamentals of early years, Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, enabling environments, inclusion, safeguarding, positive relationships and behaviour, child development, leadership and management, planning and assessment, early maths, early reading and phonics.
You will be assessed through ongoing observations of your professional practice during your various placements. Placement guides support you to engage in various activities, including a series of written reflections. These activities and written reflections will help you to build up evidence towards reaching the Early Years Teaching Standards.
- Build your confidence and gain practical teaching experience in contrasting settings
- Learn practice across the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
Raise the quality of early years provision
Support and mentor other practitioners
Understand the skills and behaviours that safeguard and promote good outcomes for children
Make a positive and lasting difference to children’s wellbeing, learning and development at the most critical stage in their development
- Hands-on experience
A sound understanding of early childhood development
- Become a critical thinker, able to reflect on and evaluate your professional practice
- Learn about the latest curriculum developments, issues and innovations
- Deepen your understanding of teaching, and learn about the opportunities for continued professional development and the relationship between educators and society
- Gain the skills, knowledge and experience needed to begin your teaching career.
You can read more about the skills needed to teach this age group here
- Autumn Placement - 30 day placement over 9 weeks with children under 30 months
- Spring Placement - 10 days in Key Stage 1 observation and supported learning, then
8 weeks each in a reception class
- Summer Placement - 8 weeks with 2-4 year olds
- Additional short placements - to help you see the full variety of settings that Early Years children attend. E.g children’s centres, special schools, childminders.
With the employer-led route, we state that you would undertake a minimum of 80 days of teaching with your employer, as well as 16 University days and 6 weeks in an alternative placement.
Trainees will already have substantial experience working within the 0-5 age range, but will have to prove they have had recent experience observing and supporting Key Stage 1. Read more
Read more about excellent support you will receive at Warwick.
Early on in your career you will be expected to lead teaching and learning within a small team. EYTS qualifies you to lead teaching in private, voluntary and independent (PVI) Early Years settings. You can also lead teaching in one of the growing number of academies, free schools or independent schools. You can work in maintained schools as an Early Years instructor but currently should not lead teaching in maintained classrooms without QTS (this also applies to some nursery classes in maintained schools). If working in state maintained schools, you may wish to at a later date go onto complete the Assessment Only QTS which will enable you to lead an Early Years unit, or take on more responsibilities. For those who wish to work with older primary school age children the most common route to becoming a school teacher is to undertake a PGCE leading to QTS.
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.
Opportunities for progression are wide and varied. You might lead practice across a foundation unit, setting or a chain of settings or you might co-ordinate a multi-professional team in a children's centre or specialise in Special Educational Needs. You may want to move onto another role in children's services or further education or continue studying at Master's level. Additionally, there are various opportunities for those wishing to experience teaching abroad.
There are other careers outside of teaching including education lecturing, school inspection, advisory or consultancy roles, initial teacher training, or administration in local education authorities (LEAs) and examination boards. Organisations such as museums, art galleries and zoos employ teachers as education officers. There are some opportunities for self-employment, which include private tutoring, writing educational materials or running a small private school or nursery.
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