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If you have a question around EYTS eligibility, DfE funding, or training delivery, please click on a question below to reveal the answer.

If you can’t find an answer to your specific question, do feel free to get in touch with our team directly via earlyyears@e-Qualitas.co.uk , or by completing the form on this page to submit an enquiry with our admissions team.

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EYTS Eligibility FAQ’s:

Yes. You must have a Bachelor’s degree in any subject.

Yes. You need GCSEs at least at Grade 4 (C) – or equivalent – in maths, English and science. If you don’t have a GCSE in those subjects, you can either take a GCSE course, or an equivalency test. We can accept equivalency tests.

Yes, you will need to show your original certificates to your setting/school. They will certify that they have seen the original certificates.

No. Level 2 qualifications don’t cover the same breadth as GCSEs so are not accepted as equivalent for our ITT courses, including our EYTS programme.

Yes. As you are employed, we accept the DBS confirmation from your setting/school.


Yes. You need to be employed by a setting/school when you start our EYTS GEB course in September 2023.

Yes, if you have a Degree and GCSEs in maths, English and science at Grade 4(C) or above.

Yes, if you have a Degree and GCSEs in maths, English and science at Grade 4 (C) or above.

EYTS Funding FAQ’s:

No. The DfE funds the EYTS programme, and a £7000 employer incentive goes to your setting/school. The incentive is paid in monthly instalments and should be used to contribute to costs the employing school/setting incurs in association with EYITT training, for example, supply cover, salary enhancements, employment costs, National Insurance, and additional training costs and other overheads.”


EYTS Programme FAQ’s:

Yes. The EYTS GEB route is part-time. The training and placements on the course are alongside your employment in your setting/school.

No. To gain EYTS, you need to have experience of teaching and care in at least two settings (one of which can be your own setting/school), to cover the age range 0-5. You will need to have a placement in a reception class, with experience of knowledge of KS1 and KS2.

You will spend 20 days (normally mornings) in two blocks of 10 days, in a school where you will teach phonics and maths in a reception class, and gain knowledge and experience in KS1 and KS2. You may also need a placement in another setting to have experience of teaching children 0-5, unless you have babies, toddlers and young children in your own setting, in which case you will need to teach each age group in your setting with the placement in a reception class.

DfE guidance says that a trainee should work no more than 90% of a full-time contract, with the other 10% allocated to training and study. This means that all trainees should be granted a half day per week of release time – which can be taken as a day each fortnight preferred.

Employment with an EYTS qualification:

When you have EYTS, you can work in all private, voluntary and independent (PVI) early years settings.  You can also work in free schools, academies and independent school that can employ teachers without QTS. NB EYTS does not allow you to lead teaching in pre-school nurseries and in reception classes in maintained schools.

There isn’t a pay scale for Early Years teachers. Teachers with EYTS do not come under the Teachers’ Pay and Conditions which means that settings, including maintained schools can set the salary for teachers with EYTS.

Early Years Teachers with EYTS can teach in a reception class in a maintained (state) school, BUT they cannot be employed to lead the teaching.  EY teachers with EYTS are not qualified to teach classes above Reception in maintained schools.  EY teachers with EYTS can teach in independent schools and academies as unqualified teachers.

Follow the links below for more information about our Early Years Teacher Training with e-Qualitas.

Please complete the below form to submit an enquiry about our Early Years:

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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