EYITT - Graduate Entry route

Graduate Entry Route

This training route summary sets out what you can expect from the Graduate Entry training 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 gives you an outline of what you can expect and what will be expected of you.


  • 12 months full time 


  • You need to be available on a full time basis
  • The EYITT programme must be your main priority

Content - needs led, i.e. 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
  • ongoing review and formative assessment

120 days placement

  • in settings/schools across the birth to five age range
  • normally three block placements in a range of early years settings/schools, including at least one serving a more disadvantaged community
  • a 10 day placement within Key Stage 1 (5-7 year olds)
  • 3-4 days a week, sometimes 5
  • you may need to be in settings in the early morning or late afternoon – to gain a balanced experience
  • you will not arrange the placements yourself

Training days and meetings

  • training days normally once or twice a month
  • smaller group meetings
  • progress meetings within the setting/school with your tutor/mentor


  • a personal tutor who will visit and observe you in each placement
  • a setting/school based mentor for day to day support and feedback
  • the Best Practice Network placement co-ordinator to liaise with you and arrange suitable placements
  • a virtual learning environment - e learning modules, a resource bank and forums


  • an eportfolio that you build up gradually
  • formative assessment from the setting/school and your personal tutor
  • Evidence bundles- a powerful source of evidence to demonstrate the impact that you have on a child’s learning over a period of time
  • action plans – reviewed and updated at mid-point and finish of each placement
  • assignments – can be built up during the programme, demonstrate the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years)
  • observation records – from the settings/schools and your personal tutor
  • moderation of assessment judgements


  • Fees paid by NCTL
  • Bursary for 1st class, 2:1 and 2:2 degree holders (£5,000 for a first, £4,000 for a 2:1, £2,000 for a 2:2)


Applying to the programme

Applications are made through

(It is important to have the evidence of your qualifications ready to scan in at this time)

Degree – 2:2 and above – any discipline, Maths, English & Science at GCSE C or above (some equivalences are acceptable)

If you already hold a full QTS you are able to take this programme

If you already hold the Early years Practitioner course you are not eligible to take this programme