Early years teacher training

Become an early years teacher

As an early years teacher you’ll work with young children up to the age of 5. Your input will have a lasting and positive effect on their development and wellbeing.

The early years are critical in children’s development. You’ll use your knowledge and skills to help young children enjoy high standards of teaching and open their minds to new ideas every day.

How to become an early years teacher

You’ll need to do ‘early years initial teacher training’ (EYITT) to achieve ‘early years teacher status’ (EYTS).

EYTS is different from ‘qualified teacher status’ (QTS), which is the equivalent for teaching children aged 3 to 18.

Your training will enable you to meet the early years teachers’ standards.

To start early years teacher training, you’ll need these qualifications (or to demonstrate an equivalent standard):

  • maths grade 4 (C)
  • English grade 4 (C)
  • science grade 4 (C)

If you do postgraduate early years teacher training, you’ll need a 2:2 bachelor’s degree with honours or higher.

Contact accredited early years training providers to apply for a place.

Learn about funding.

Ways to train

Undergraduate early years teacher training

Cost
Up to £9,250
Salary
No
Funding available
Yes
Length of training
3 or 4 years
Qualification
Early years teacher status

A full-time bachelor’s degree in an early childhood-related subject leading to EYTS. Undergraduate tuition fee loans are available from Student Finance England (SFE).

Graduate early years teacher training

Cost
£7,000
Salary
No
Funding available
Yes
Length of training
Typically 1 academic year
Qualification
Early years teacher status

Bursaries are available, including:

  • £5,000 if you have a first class degree
  • £4,000 if you have a 2:1 degree
  • £2,000 if you have a 2:2 degree

Graduate employment-based early years teacher training

Cost
£7,000
Salary
Provided by employer
Funding available
Yes
Length of training
Typically 1 academic year
Qualification
Early years teacher status

This one-year part-time route is for graduates working in an early years setting who need further training to meet the early years teachers’ standards.

Funding of up to £14,000 is available. This would cover course fees of up to £7,000, plus £7,000 for your employer, to help cover their extra costs while you train.

Graduate 'assessment only' training

Cost
Self-funded
Salary
No
Funding available
No
Length of training
3 months
Qualification
Early years teacher status

This self-funded route is ideal for graduates with early-years experience. If you already meet the early years teachers’ standards, you can gain EYTS without the need for further training.