Early years teacher apprenticeships - where to start
You can get into this job through
a university courseworking towards this role
You'll need to get early years teacher status (EYTS) and meet the teacher's standards by completing an early years initial teacher training course. There are several ways to do this:
You can also have your teaching skills assessed over 3 months to make sure you meet the teacher's standards. For this route, you must be a graduate with a lot of experience across the 0 to 5 age range, and knowledge of key stage 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).
- do an undergraduate degree in a subject related to early childhood studies or child development, along with course placements
- take an early years initial teacher training course after you finish your first degree
- complete teacher training part-time, if you already have a degree and are working in an early years setting
You'll usually need 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science and 2 to 3 A-Levels, or equivalent.
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 through paid work or volunteering at a school, through youth work or on a holiday scheme.
Early years teacher apprenticeships - what it takes
Skills and knowledge
- knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
- sensitivity and understanding
- the ability to work well with others
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- the ability to understand people’s reactions
- the ability to come up with new ways of doing things
- to be flexible and open to change
- excellent verbal communication skills
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
Restrictions and Requirements
You'll need to pass enhanced background checks, as you may be working with children and vulnerable adults
Early years teacher apprenticeships - what you'll do
In this role you would:
- plan and prepare activities, materials and lessons
- set out activities before class and tidy up afterwards
- teach children through learning and play
- speak to parents and carers about their children’s development
- make sure children learn in a safe and positive environment
- monitor children’s progress and report any issues
- supervise nursery workers, teaching assistants and volunteer helpers
- contribute to curriculum planning
- attend staff meetings and training sessions
You could work in a nursery or at a school.
Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding.
You may need to wear a uniform.
Career path and progression - Early years teacher apprenticeships
Once qualified, you could move into management of a nursery or group of nurseries.
You could work as a supply teacher or take further training to become a primary school teacher or play therapist. You might also move into teaching early years courses at university.