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Olives&chocolate
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Hello I am very interested in becoming an early years teacher and was wondering if anyone had gone down this route rather than the PGCE or schools direct.
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Yes Im currently on this course, got 5 months left. There are 10 of us in on my pathway, we all find it very hard work for what it is. What is it you actually want to be? The course is still very new, not alot of people are aware of the qualifcation. I am so glad, I applied and got accepted however, most of us in my class are using it as some sort of stepping stone to something else in the future.
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My sister got the same course too and she really loves the outcome, that she has to be more patient about the new things in teaching and adequate process. Wish this will help you all to succeed more.
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Thanks for the replies! I think I would like to be a nursery teacher and like the fact I would get experiences with very young children too but am hesitant as it is so new so not sure if I would be better going down a different route.
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(Original post by Olives&chocolate)
Thanks for the replies! I think I would like to be a nursery teacher and like the fact I would get experiences with very young children too but am hesitant as it is so new so not sure if I would be better going down a different route.
Well my advice is if you want to become a teacher and work in state schools, dont go for this course, it gains you EYTS and not QTS which is a requirement to teach in state schools in the uk. The majority of us on my course all want to gain qts someway or another in the future as we all would want to be early years teachers (with qts). It is misleading and confusing but I chose this path to gain me something new and different and help as a stepping stone as things didnt quite go to plan for me. Apply for pgce, is my advice. Or both. Really competitive to get into. There was only 15 places on my course and over 200 applicants I think. And only 11 made it the course as 4 didnt pass the skills tests and 1 didnt think it was right for her.
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(Original post by Olives&chocolate)
Hello I am very interested in becoming an early years teacher and was wondering if anyone had gone down this route rather than the PGCE or schools direct.
In all honesty, I would still look at PGCE with an Early Years specialism. I'm doing this at the moment. I have always known I am a "young children" person, I love Reception and I love Nursery but I did not want to invest in so much training and wind up limiting any future options. Having had a very successful KS1 placement and having done mini placements in KS2, I realised that there may well come a day where I might want to explore other years. My uni offers PGCE Primary and PGCE Early Years. Both pathways lead to QTS and enable you to teach up to Year 6. The Early Years bunch (there are about 20 of us) spend the first part of the year with the General Primary folk focusing on the Primary curriculum and the second half focusing on the EYFS. I am really glad I made the decision I did. It's your decision ultimately but career-wise as an early years practitioner, you will be earning less than someone with QTS - not that your salary should be a deciding factor of course - but you will still have to do your PGCE if you ever want to move beyond Reception.
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I want to be able to teach receptions upto yr 3s maybe, but I don't know whether to do an early years educator BTEC at college, or a-levels (sociology, law and something else)
Does anyone know which wud be better?

Also, which courses shud I go on to do at uni?
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