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how to become an early years teacher

i really want to get into early years teaching of 3-5 year olds.
I have a years experience working at a primary school.

what do i need to get into this?
What course/degree do people suggest to get into early years teaching?
how did you get into early years teaching?
Original post by baileyja
i really want to get into early years teaching of 3-5 year olds.
I have a years experience working at a primary school.

what do i need to get into this?
What course/degree do people suggest to get into early years teaching?
how did you get into early years teaching?


Hi there.

@1secondsofvamps or @Muttley79 could help. :smile:

Best wishes. :smile:
(edited 1 year ago)
Original post by baileyja
i really want to get into early years teaching of 3-5 year olds.
I have a years experience working at a primary school.

what do i need to get into this?
What course/degree do people suggest to get into early years teaching?
how did you get into early years teaching?

https://www.ucas.com/teaching-option/undergraduate-early-years-initial-teacher-training-eyitt

If you aren't sure you want to work in EY then aim for Primary.

https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/steps-to-become-a-teacher
Original post by baileyja
i really want to get into early years teaching of 3-5 year olds.
I have a years experience working at a primary school.

what do i need to get into this?
What course/degree do people suggest to get into early years teaching?
how did you get into early years teaching?


What qualifications do you have at the moment?

BA/BEd in Primary Education or PGCE with QTS would enable you to teach across all ages, whilst still allowing you to specialise in EYFS. (I personally did a PGCE and was on the EYFS/KS1 route).

However, if you are sure that EYFS are the only age group that you are interested in working with, then look into EYITT courses.

Maybe look into working as a nursery practitioner/nursery nurse to gain further experience and see how you feel about EYFS before going into teaching.
I am a primary teacher specializing in the Early Years.

It's important to stress a few things:

1. ALL teachers in the UK, regardless of the age group they teach, need to obtain Qualified Teacher Status.
2. Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is a certificate you can gain through many training pathways. Regardless of your training pathway, a QTS is an 'open' qualification, meaning you can technically teach any subject and age group you want.
3. The 3-5s age group in the UK falls within primary state education.

Here are some training options for you to gain QTS:

1. Do a BA Hons in any subject and then do a PGCE postgraduate course, which will lead you to your QTS.
2. Do a BA Hons in Primary education that has a QTS integrated.
3. Do a 'Teach Direct' or 'Teach First' programme, where you can be school-based, paid whilst doing your training.

Please stay away from any 'Early Years Teacher' training pathways. They do not offer a QTS and they technically only qualify you to work in private day nurseries, where pay is not good!
(edited 1 year ago)
Original post by wanderinglacris
I am a primary teacher specializing in the Early Years.

It's important to stress a few things:

1. ALL teachers in the UK, regardless of the age group they teach, need to obtain Qualified Teacher Status.
2. Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is a certificate you can gain through many training pathways. Regardless of your training pathway, a QTS is an 'open' qualification, meaning you can technically teach any subject and age group you want.
3. The 3-5s age group in the UK falls within primary state education.

Here are some training options for you to gain QTS:

1. Do a BA Hons in any subject and then do a PGCE postgraduate course, which will lead you to your QTS.
2. Do a BA Hons in Primary education that has a QTS integrated.
3. Do a 'Teach Direct' or 'Teach First' programme, where you can be school-based, paid whilst doing your training.

Please stay away from any 'Early Years Teacher' training pathways. They do not offer a QTS and they technically only qualify you to work in private day nurseries, where pay is not good!


hii if i do a sociology & criminology degree at uni then a PGCE postgraduate course can i become a early years/primary/secondary teacher? x

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