There is funding available to support a national campaign to train more people as professional Early Years Teachers (specialists in early childhood development, who deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage of education to children aged 0 to 5).
As with other teaching positions, you need to be a degree graduate to train to be an Early Years Teacher, and have GCSEs of grade C or above in English, Maths and Science. If you qualify, and pass a number of other tests in professional skills, you have several options:
- Apply for a grant for the £7,000 course fee (one year full-time study), with additional bursaries also available
- Apply for a grant to train within a group of nurseries and schools, with a view to working there at the end of your training
- If you are already working in an early years setting, your employer can apply for a grant (for part-study) of up to £14,000 to cover the course fee and the cost of supporting you as you study Read the Guide for Employers here.
- Non-graduates can follow a full 3 or 4 year course, but this is financed by a student loan
- The ‘Assessment Only’ route is for people who already have the skills and experience needed but not the qualification (this takes 3-months and is self-funded).
Jennie Johnson, founder and CEO of Kids Allowed, employs 350 people looking after 1,200 children in 5 nurseries across the Northwest. Each centre has a qualified Early Years Teacher as part of the team. Jennie says: “Early Years teaching is a rewarding and varied career, and there is funding available to help people train, either when they are new to the profession or to develop their career once they have already been working in a nursery setting”.
If you want to know more, there is a lot of information here on the Get Into Teaching website
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