Initial Teacher Training
Course Content


"This course will enable Trainees to meet the Department for Education (DfE) Teachers’ Standards (2012) and to receive an outstanding starting point for their career as an early years QTS teacher."

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There are four accredited modules which form the CEYP-based element of the course (i.e. not based in schools). These are delivered through 40 days of face-to-face teaching and 20 days of placements and directed study.

These level 7 modules run alongside the school placement experience ("School-Based Training") and provide trainees with the knowledge required to teach the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and KS1 Curriculum

The modules also provide students with the professional and pedagogic skills required to lead children’s learning across the Foundation years and KS1, as set out in the Teachers’ Standards, supporting them to develop the capacity to ensure the National Priorities are realised in their practice.


School-Based Training

Trainees will spend a total of 135 days in school-based training and experience (practising and school staff led) through three extended and continuous placements.

Placements 1 and 3 will take place in the same school (the Trainee's "Home" school) in an ‘outstanding’ or ‘good’ Foundation Stage class, where the Trainee will become immersed as a full member of the school’s Foundation Stage team, from the beginning to the end of the academic year.

Placement 2 will take place in a linked Primary school with an ‘outstanding’ or ‘good’ KS1 class in which the Trainee will work alongside an experienced KS1 teacher, gradually assuming more responsibility for teaching and learning within that classroom. 

CEYP-Based Training

The CEYP-based training will have an induction and then four modules, spread across the school year (of which 40 weeks are in term-time):

Module 1: Core Curriculum Pedagogy

Module 2: Curriculum Breadth

Module 3: Early Years Focus

Module 4: The Highly Employable Teacher

Teaching Methods

A range of teaching/learning methods will be employed throughout the programme, including:

  • School practice placements, visits, and observations of teaching and learning in a range of contexts including nurseries, special schools, children’s centres, and primary schools

  • Tutor/mentor input and directed tasks

  • Seminars

  • Study skills and academic skills support

  • Independent research/reading

  • Group work and workshops

  • Peer to peer sessions

  • Moodle tasks

  • Tutorial support

  • Setting personal action points from feedback on assignments and from observations of teaching practice (learning)

Programme Aims

To provide Trainees with the ability to:

  • Become committed, confident, autonomous, creative and reflective early years and primary teachers

  • Develop a deep understanding of the role of a professional teacher, in particular, preparing Trainees for a career in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 (2/3-7 years)

  • Value and understand the needs of every child and how to personalise learning for individuals, with a clear capacity to support children with SEN/D; identify and respond appropriately and early to issues of child safety and protection

  • Teach in culturally diverse and varied environments

  • Respond flexibly to changing circumstances and develop knowledge, understanding and skills throughout their professional lives

  • Work with originality and, where appropriate, propose new hypotheses in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in education

  • Lead and support colleagues in Early Years Foundation Stage Education and across a multi-professional partnership of child and family support services

  • Understand the protocols, policy, and practice to support children and families living in challenging circumstances


Upon successful completion of the course, trainees will have achieved all the QTS Teacher Standards (2012)


If you're thinking about kick-starting an exciting new career in teaching, get in touch!

If you would like to chat to us about the training, get your questions answered, and meet some of the CEYP staff and tutors, please get in touch to set this up or attend our next SCITT event