How to become an early years teacher
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- working towards this role
You'll need to get early years teacher status (EYTS) and meet the teachers' standards by completing a course in early years initial teacher training (EYITT).
There are several ways to do this:
- study an undergraduate degree in a subject related to early childhood studies or child development, along with course placements
- take an EYITT course after you finish your first degree
- complete part-time teacher training, if you already have a degree and are working in an early years setting
You can also have your teaching skills assessed over 3 months to make sure you meet the teachers' standards. For this route, you must be a graduate with a lot of work experience across the 0 to 5 age range, and have knowledge of key stages 1 and 2 in schools.
Early years teacher status qualifies you to teach children up to age 5. If you want to teach older children, or teach in a primary school, you'll usually need to get qualified teacher status (QTS).
You'll usually need:
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
You could work your way into this role by starting as nursery worker or teaching assistant and doing a part-time degree in childhood studies or child development.
You'll usually need experience of working with children and young people.
You can get this through:
- paid work
- volunteering at a school
- youth work
- a holiday scheme