Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT)

This one-year, fully-funded course will recommend you, on completion, for Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) — a government endorsed accreditation to teach children aged 0-5 years. You will be taught and supported by highly experienced tutors, nursery practitioners and mentors who have a national reputation for the quality of their training.

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Early Years Teaching Training for graduates in Worcestershire

Early on in your career, you will be expected to lead teaching and learning within a small team. Opportunities for progression are wide and varied. You might lead practice across a 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.

By becoming an Early Years Teacher, you’ll make a lasting, positive impact on children’s well-being and development, opening young children’s minds to new concepts and ideas on a daily basis.

Early Years Teachers are vital because:

  • 94% of children who achieve a good level of development at age five go on to achieve the expected levels for reading at key stage 1, and they are five times more likely to achieve the highest level;
  • children who start off in the bottom 20% of attainment at age five are six times more likely to be in the bottom 20% at key stage 1 compared to their peers.

Entry requirements

  • 2:2 Degree (minimum)
  • GCSE grade ‘C’ or above in English language, mathematics and science (or equivalent)
  • You must pass the Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy prior to commencement on the course.

Two routes to EYITT

  1. You should have a degree and would like to train to be a teacher for children, aged 0-5 years in Early Years Foundation Status (EYFS). You will have at least two placements in very different settings and be trained up to and including reception class level. The fee for this is £7000, supplied as a grant from the National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL), with a bursary currently available for trainees with a degree classification of a 2:1 and above.


  1. You will already be working in a nursery and reception setting and have a degree and would like to retrain. You will be out of your place of work for a minimum of one day a week throughout the year for formal training; this will be complemented by the remainder of the time in your place of work, experiencing and observing good practice and ‘on the job’ training. You would also attend a placement at another setting at a time to suit your employer and yourself. There is a funding agreement from NCTL of £14000. The course fees are covered by £7000 and the remaining £7000 is provided to employers as support for cover costs.

Stourport EYITT Programme

Aim of the Programme

The aim of the programme is to prepare trainee teachers to teach across the 0 to 5 age range (the EYFS) and engage them with the educational continuum of expectations and teaching in Foundation Stages, as well as Key Stage 1.


You will receive training in at least two early years settings or school placements to ensure you are fully prepared to teach across the full 0 to 5 age range. We will provide you with the opportunity to visit different settings and schools, observe lessons, together with a close analysis of curriculum documents and planning. You will also spend a minimum of two weeks engaging with Key Stage 1. We are pleased to offer programmes with some enhancement, for example placements within the programme working with 5 to 7 year olds.

The content of our EYITT programme includes:

 the role of the early years teacher;

 planning and assessment to ensure children make the required progress;

 child development and learning;

 priorities, such as managing children’s behaviour, early reading, and special educational needs and disability;
 assessing and evaluating teaching and learning;

 the use of evidence and research to inform teaching.

To Apply

Please complete and return the application form found here EYITT Application Form

Completed application forms to Joanne Homer jhomer@shs.worcs.sch.uk

For guidance on how to complete the application form, please see the following document The Stourport EYITT Application Form Guidance 2018

If you have any questions, please do contact us, we are pleased to help:-

For more information and guidance see the following websites

Become an early years teacher | Get Into Teaching

Early years teacher | Job profiles | National Careers Service

Early years initial teacher training: funding guidance – GOV.UK

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