Course Title: Early Years Initial Teacher Training

Course Overview: 

This training route summary sets out what you can expect from the Graduate Employment Based route to Early Years Teacher Status - the specialist teaching status for those leading care and education of babies and young children up to the age of five. The information provided below is not intended to be exhaustive but give you an outline of what you can expect and what will be expected of you and your employer.


Our graduate employment-based route is completed part-time over a one year period.

Start date:

September 2018

Who is the course relevant for:

Anyone currently working in an Early Years setting who meets the entry requirements. - Graduates who are newly recruited to an Early Years setting

Course Commitment:

  • You will work towards Early Years Teacher Status whilst being employed in an early years setting/school
  • Your working timetable should be no more than 90 per cent of the full time working hours of an Early Years Teacher
  • Your release time from duties will be used for study, placements in other settings and training days
  • Your employer must be in full support of your application and agree to release/support you to undertake the requirements necessary to achieve Early Years Teacher Status


The content is ‘needs led’, and builds on existing strengths:

  • Knowledge of Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
  • The Teachers’ Standards (Early Years)
  • The birth to five age range
  • Progression to Key Stage 1 and beyond
  • Ongoing review and formative assessment

Experience needed by the end of the EYITT programme

  • A placement within Key Stage 1 (5-7 year olds)
  • Experience in at least two settings/schools across the birth to five age range (excluding the KS1 placement).

Training days and meetings

  • Training sessions – half a day each week
  • Progress meetings within the setting/school with your Setting Based Mentor (SBM)
  • Small group meetings
The Milton Keynes Initial Teacher Training Partnership is part of Inspiring Futures through Learning, a company Limited by Guarantee and registered to Two Mile Ash School, The High Street, Two Mile Ash, Milton Keynes MK8 8LH. The company number is 07698904 and is registered in England.