Early Years Practice

Young children begin the process of learning about the world around them long before they set foot in a school. Early Years practitioners work with children from birth to age 5 to help guide their natural curiosity, channel their appetite for knowledge, and ensure they develop a firm grasp of the basics so that they are prepared to progress to formal schooling.

Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) is a qualification designed for existing and aspiring Early Years’ practitioners who want to secure the Early Years Teachers’ Standards and specialise in working with 0-5 year olds (including babies and very young children). The EYTS qualifications will equip you with the confidence, knowledge and understanding to teach in a variety of Early Years’ settings. You will develop the potential to lead the delivery of the Early Years’ Foundation Stage Framework in the Early Years’ sector.

EYTS can also pave the way to progress into leadership roles in pre-schools, children’s centres, foundation stage units and child-minding networks. The programme may therefore be of particular interest to graduates already working in, or managing, nurseries or children’s centres, along with those who are completing – or who have already completed – childcare and early education degree courses.

TCTL currently offers three routes to obtaining EYTS:


This is a full time, one-year academic course that leads to the award of EYTS. This route is fully-funded by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL). An optional, self-funded, Postgraduate Certificate in Education is also available.


This is a part-time, one-year course, designed for graduates who are already working in an Early Years’ setting and want to further develop their practice in order to secure EYTS. This route is also fully-funded by the NCTL and an additional employer incentive of £7,000 is provided towards release costs/salary/training needs. An optional, self-funded, Postgraduate Certificate in Education is also available.


This three-month route is designed for those who are currently employed as established Early Years’ practitioners, having amassed 3-5 years of experience across a variety of settings, spanning the 0-5 age range. You should be able to demonstrate that you are currently working in line with the Early Years Teachers’ Standards and – rather than requiring additional training – are ready to undergo an assessment to receive EYTS accreditation. This route is not funded by the NCTL and fees are payable.

Please note: EYTS status is not equivalent to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). If you wish to be employed as a teacher in a mainstream nursery or school, you will need to gain QTS. You may want to consider the Tauheedul Future Teachers’ Primary Programme as an alternative to the EYTS programme which, upon successful completion, will allow you to teach across the whole spectrum of Key Stage 1 (including reception classes), with no limitations as to the type of school you can work in.