Early Years Initial Teacher Training – opportunities for funded training with Best Practice Network

This is a new opportunity for graduates in any discipline who wish to pursue a career working with children under five. The Early Years Initial Teacher Training Programme begins in September 2014 and leads to a teaching qualification for the under fives.

It is suitable for graduates who want to work with very young children (babies, toddlers and young children to the age of 5) and who can show commitment and enthusiasm for this work and have the potential to lead and support other practitioners.

For September 2014, there will be two funded routes to Early Years Teacher Status, both of 12 months duration. Both routes require a degree on entry, as well as GCSE in English, maths and science at grade C or above.

Route 1. Graduate Entry (Mainstream) – 12 months full time

The programme includes 120 placement days across a range of early years settings. Also included in the 120 days is a two week KS1/2 school placement. This route is suitable for new graduates and career changers who will not be employed in the early years sector during the training.


Route 2. Graduate Entry (Employed) – 12 months, part time

This route is for graduates who are either:

  1. already employed in an early years setting/early years department of a school
  2. newly recruited to an early years setting to undertake Early Years Initial Teacher Training through an employment based route


If you would like any further information on the course or information sessions going on in your area please visit this website. We work in London, the South West, South East, West Midlands and Yorkshire and Humber.

Applicants can apply online at www.bestpracticenet.co.uk/eyitt.

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