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Early Years Practice with Early Years Teacher Status*
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This initial teacher training (ITT) course provides the opportunity to combine working towards Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) with studying to achieve a Postgraduate Certificate in Early Years Practice (PG Cert EYP). It also provides an opportunity for those who already have Early Years Professional or Teacher Status to achieve a postgraduate qualification.
The PG Cert EYP and EYTS can be studied together or separately.
|Campus||Riverside Campus, Chester|
|Length||1 Year full-time (EYTS – Graduate Entry) or part-time (Graduate Employment Based pathways); 3 Months (Assessment only pathway); 6 Weekends during 1 Year (Postgraduate Certificate). EYTS students will be required to complete a total of at least 120 Days of setting-based learning; employment-based students will be required to spend approx. 60 days of this in at least one alternative setting.|
EYTS is the professional status for those who lead practice with children aged from birth to five years, and is equivalent to Qualified Teacher Status. The EYTS course can be followed either full-time or part-time, providing opportunities for those in employment as well as graduates in a related or unrelated subject to achieve the status with appropriate experience.
Funding is available to cover the cost of the EYTS training, placements, mentoring and assessment for both part-time and full-time students. Additionally, bursaries are available for full-time students:
Also, early years settings of students studying part-time receive payment to release their member of staff for study days and placement days in other settings.
Early Years Teachers will be specialists in early childhood development, trained to work with babies and young children from birth to five. They will be graduate leaders responsible for organising and leading high-quality practice in early years settings. Early Years Teachers can make a real difference to the lives of babies and young children.
EYTS is part of successive Governments’ drives to raise the status and quality of the Early Years workforce, and to improve the early education and care for pre-school children (see www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/subjects-age-groups/early-years). Those awarded EYTS will enter the workforce as lead professionals, or gain promotion to this level if they are already working in the sector.
This course is aimed at graduates who have a strong desire to work in the Early Years sector and achieve Higher Level credit and recognition for their study and achievement. The PG Cert course offers three Level 7 20-credit modules of study related to child development, working with young children, and reflective practice in the Early Years. EYTS is the highest level of recognition for work with young children aged from birth to five years.
PG Cert EYP will provide the following:
Research evidence shows that graduate leaders raise the quality of early years provision by improving their own day-to-day practice and by leading the practice of others. The University has Government-funded places for EYTS starting in September 2015 for full-time and part-time study. There is also a self-funded ‘assessment only’ option for those with considerable experience or who seek re-assessment. The Faculty of Education and Children’s Services offers those currently working with young children or those seeking to work in this sector, the opportunity to study a Postgraduate Certificate alongside working towards achieving Early Years Teacher Status.
Pedagogy and Curriculum in the Early Years: Developing Professional Practice – 20 credits at Masters level
This module will develop your understanding of teaching and learning with young children and curricula for children aged 0-5. It introduces the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years) and will provide you with opportunities for critical reflection on practice-related matters in light of experience, government policy, theoretical frameworks, relevant literature and contemporary research.
The Developing Child 0-5 Years – 20 credits at Masters level
This module aims to provide you with opportunities for critical analysis of key aspects of developmental theory and the impact on practice in the Early Years. It investigates the main theoretical perspectives in young children’s learning and schematic behaviour of young children, as well as the implications for practice.
The Critically Reflective Practitioner – 20 credits at Masters level
During this module, you will familiarise yourself with the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years) that you will be assessed against, and the ways in which you will be able and expected to gather the evidence for your assessment. There will be opportunities to discuss issues that professionals face in practice, such as:
Emphasis will be on the development of critical reflection in daily practice and practice-based research.
There are opportunities for Accreditation of Prior Learning for part of the Postgraduate Certificate, particularly for those who have already achieved EYPS or EYTS.
EYTS trainees must complete a minimum of 120 days of assessed setting-based learning. Full-time trainees will be those with limited experience of working in early years settings, and they will be placed in at least two different settings covering the 0-5 age range. Part-time trainees will be those who are currently working in an early years setting, and will be expected to spend some time in at least one other setting. All trainees will spend at least ten days in a school with Key Stage 1 children. Financial support is provided to the employee’s setting to release part-time students for placements.
Each of the three 20-credit modules features formative and summative assessment. Forms that assessment takes are varied and include the following:
There are a number of academic assessment points in the year, normally December, March and July.
Preparation for assessment will take place continuously throughout the year and you will be allocated a mentor to support them from either within the setting or a professional mentor appointed by the University. Assessment against the Standards will normally take place in the setting at two points in the year.
The University of Chester awards the PG Cert in EYP and the National College for Teaching and Learning (NCTL) awards EYTS to successful trainees. There are opportunities for reassessment of academic work that does not meet the minimum requirements. If Early Years Teacher Status is not achieved in the first instance, there are opportunities for trainees to be assessed again at a later date through the Assessment-only route. In some cases this may require additional study, payment and/or placement time.
On completion of the course, you may go on to one of the following roles:
Additionally, for EYTS:
Additionally, for PG Cert EYP: