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The different levels of qualifications in the childcare sector and information on where you can access courses and support.

Early Years Teacher Status Pathway

In September 2014 Early Years Professional Status (EYP) was superseded by Early Years Teacher Status (EYT), the route is now referred to as Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT). For the purpose of this web page when we refer to Early Years Teacher Status (EYT) we mean both the new EYT and the old EYP.

All of the Early Years Initial Teacher Training Routes are FULLY FUNDED by the National College for Teaching and Leadership except the Assessment Only Route. Your place of work can access a bursary/grant of up to around £7,000 whilst you are studying.

Early Years Initial Teacher Training and Graduate Routes

To access any of the EYITT routes candidates must hold a Full Degree. The EYITT criteria states an 'ordinary degree'; however, the Universities have been advised by the National College for Teaching and Leadership that whilst the cohorts should be filled, places should be allocated to candidates with a BA Honours first with preference being given to those with a 1st, or 2:1, then to those with a 2:2, places will then be allocated to those with an Ordinary Degree. Therefore from your Foundation Degree/HND you will need to 'top up' to a Full Degree (Level 6) and possibly to an Honours Degree.

If you are currently working in Early Years and hold a Level 3 Qualification you will first need to undertake a Level 5. These bridging qualifications take you from Level 3, to Level 4, finally qualifying with a Level 5:

Level 5 routes to EYITT (2020)  Opens new window

If you are currently working in Early Years and hold a Level 5 HND or Foundation degree your next step is to undertake a Top Up Degree. Full details of availability via the colleges and universities including the cost, course length, dates and times for Top Up Degrees are available below:

BA Honours Top-up Degree information (2020)  Opens new window

For information regarding funding via Student Finance/Advanced Learner Loan please see Level 4 and 5 Qualifications.

If you are currently working in Early Years and hold a Full Degree:

Routes to Early Years Initial Teacher Training (2020)  Opens new window

Routes typically commence once per year in September, training providers will interview potential candidates over the Spring and Summer months, enrol early to avoid disappointment. The Graduate Employment Based route to Early Years Teacher Status is typically delivered over 12 months part time alongside your early years employment; includes a £7,000 employer incentive and the student must undertake additional placement(s) to cover birth to 5 including KS1.

For those who are not employed; The Graduate Entry training route to Early Years Teacher Status is delivered over 12 months full time and includes 120 days placement and students can receive a bursary of up to £5,000.

The EYITT criteria around English, Maths and Science remains the same. Candidates will have to prove (show certificates) that they hold GCSE or O'Level (grade A-C) or CSE1 in English, Maths and Science. Please note that Level 2 Literacy/Numeracy/Key Skills/'For Life' will not be accepted by the Universities or the National College for Teaching and Leadership when you enroll on the EYITT route.

If you have lost your GCSE certificates  Opens new window

Take a GCSE in English, Maths and Science  Opens new window

Student finance information for people who have studied before:

Generally, you'll only get student finance if you're doing your first higher education qualification. This is true even if your previous course was self-funded. However, you may still get it if, for example:

  • you change course
  • you leave your course but decide to start again
  • you're 'topping up' a higher education qualification, eg you've finished an HNC, HND or foundation degree and now want to do an honours degree

University of Northampton

University of Derby

Loughborough College

Best Practice Network

Pen Green

Doncaster College and University Centre

University of Warwick and North Warwickshire and Hinckley College

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