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Early years PGCE programmes

Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) is a specialist programme for those already working with, or those seeking to work with, babies and children from birth to five years old.

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By becoming an early years teacher, you’ll make a lasting, positive impact on children’s well-being and development, opening young children’s minds to new concepts and ideas on a daily basis." Get Into Teaching website, 2018“By becoming an early years teacher, you’ll make a lasting, positive impact on children’s well-being and development, opening young children’s minds to new concepts and ideas on a daily basis." Get Into Teaching website, 2018

Early Years Initial Teacher Training

Participants will leave the programme as reflective practitioners, fostering positive relationships with parents, carers and children, as well as with other professionals. There are two pathways, both of 12 months’ duration: mainstream and employment-based.

Early Years teachers can work in all private, voluntary and independent (PVI) early years settings, as well as free schools, academies and independent schools which can employ teaching staff without the requirement for QTS.


The Early Years Approach

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The IOE’s world-renowned research into the outcomes of early years education has provided sound evidence that high quality early education teaching and care can have a powerful impact on young children, not only preparing them for school, but contributing to positive outcomes later in life. 

At the IOE we have a long tradition of working in partnership with early years settings and schools in inner cities, including London. The placement settings offer teaching experience where practitioners serve as mentors and joint assessors for our student Early Years Teachers. IOE tutors have extensive experience of teaching, school management, inspection, research.


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