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Early Years Initial Teacher Training is an online training route towards EYTS (Early Years Teacher Status).

If you have a Bachelors degree and are employed in an early years setting, you may be ready to start your EYTS training, which is fully DfE funded and 100% online.

Quick facts:

  • Course fees fully funded by the DfE
  • £7,000 employer incentive for the trainee’s employer
  • 100% online training with dedicated e-Q tutors
  • Trainees study part-time to gain their EYTS Qualification in 1-academic year
  • Trainees are assigned a professional critical friend in their employer early years setting
  • Trainees have experience of working with babies, toddlers, young children + reception
  • Apply now for September 2024

Apply now:


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Trainee eligibility

To enrol on the Employment based Early Years Teacher Training route to EYTS, a trainee must have:

(If you have a degree but are missing one or more GCSE qualifications, you can quickly become eligible with A-Star Equivalency; let us know if this is the case by getting in touch today and we’ll be able to advise on the next steps.)

Key information:
Who is Early Years Teacher Training (EYITT) for?

EYITT is designed for learners seeking to specialise in early childhood development, working with children across the birth to five age range.

  • Exisiting graduate early years practitioners, who are already working in an early years setting (i.e. nurseries, schools, home-based settings) with children in the birth to five age range.

Placements: 2×10 day blocks (mornings only) in a reception class, to teach phonics and maths. Short placement/s (if needed) in B/T/YC.

Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) is the only qualification specifically focused on early childhood development, enabling learners to teach children in the birth to five age range.

EYITT is an ideal route for early years settings seeking to upskill existing staff, as they learn ‘on the job’, in paid employment within the setting.

Employment-based trainees have no more than a 90% timetable working with children, allowing them a 10% study release time. This enables trainees to attend online training, meetings, placements and time to work on assessments.

The Government’s commitment to raising the quality of early years provision, by encouraging graduate leadership, ensures that the DfE covers all course fees and offers a £7,000 incentive to settings.

For more information about the aims and outcomes of e-Qualitas’ Early Years Teacher Training, visit our Frequently Asked Questions and  Curriculum Intent pages.

Book a 20-minute Teams or phone call with our EYITT admissions team to discuss our EYTS training programme:

What our teachers say about us...

I have most enjoyed the deep-dives in each of the subjects. You've got all the of the expertise of the Subject Leads, and tutors - you can go and ask them questions. It is a culture and an environment where you have all the expertise and experience at your fingertips that you could need.

Sian - Primary Teacher - e-Qualified ✓

What our teachers say about us...

As part of the teacher training programme, so many doors and windows of knowledge are opening. Last term's focus was on assessment, which has been transformative for me. I am now able to look at what my children know, what they need to know and then adapt my practice based on the knowledge they've demonstrated. It's made me a better teacher, because I can adapt my practice to suit everybody.

Dan - Primary Teacher - e-Qualified ✓

What our teachers say about us...

Coming to e-Qualitas and going to the training days has given me the confidence to take lead in the classroom and when working with my support staff.

Cherelle - Primary Teacher - e-Qualified ✓

What our teachers say about us...

This has been a great, supportive programme because I get the freedom to come up with plans and then see them in action with my students. I couldn't ask for a better experience.

Kellie - Secondary English Teacher - e-Qualified ✓

What our teachers say about us...

I'm really lucky at my school that I have a fantastic mentor and really supportive science staff, so I am getting on-the-job advice all the time. Talking to other trainees about what has worked is very useful, because they are at the same level of experience as me and their advice is great too.

Alison - Secondary Biology Teacher - e-Qualified ✓

What schools say about us...

Working in partnership with e-Qualitas has allowed us to put into place a system to support new members of staff in school. It's about focusing on developing individual teachers and supporting them through the teacher training programme.

Mr Tony McCabe - Head Teacher - St Joseph's RC School

What our teachers say about us...

The in-person training sessions have been great and have fostered a brilliant sense of community among trainees, who are from different parts of the country. We've had a lovely mix of practical and theory - enabling us to put into practice everything we've been discussing.

Shikiera - Primary Teacher - e-Qualified ✓

What our teachers say about us...

My subject knowledge has definitely improved from working with the Subject Leads; building my understanding of substantive disciplinary knowledge. I feel I am able to talk to the Subject Leads after each training session to discuss each training session in more detail. My subject lead has been so helpful with my learning sequences.

Masooma - Primary Teacher - e-Qualified ✓

What our teachers say about us...

The workload on the training programme is demanding, though it is manageable.The training and communication that you receive from e-Qualitas makes the workload both acceptable and convenient. Thumbs up, I am looking forward!

Bugra - Secondary Maths Teacher - e-Qualified ✓

What our teachers say about us...

My teaching skills have improved so much during the training year. My tutor and my mentor worked really hard with me, and I am really thankful for the efforts they made to make me the teacher I am today. My Subject Lead taught me so much, for example how to scaffold a lesson - making sure the whole class is engaged with tasks.

Amara - Secondary Maths Teacher - e-Qualified ✓

What schools say about us...

One of the most important things we do is appoint the right members of staff, with the right mindset and ability to form relationships with young people. The brilliant concept of the Teaching Apprenticeship Programme is that you can identify talent in members of staff currently within school.

Mr Tony McCabe - Head Teacher - St Joseph's RC School