Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS)


This is an employment-based route for candidates who are currently employed in an Early Years setting.  

Entry Criteria 

  • A level 6 degree or above. 
  • A grade C/4 GCSE (or equivalent) in English, Maths and Science. 
  • Employment in Early years (at least 15 hours per week).  

Fees and Funding

  • The government will pay tuition fees of £7,000 in full  – no cost to the student or setting.
  • Employers receive £7,000 to support the trainee during their training year, to cover trainee absences due to training and to cover time for a mentor to support the trainee. We will provide mentor training.

The Training Programme 

  • The training programme runs from the end of September to July and is based on trainees’ practice in their current setting. 
  • Trainees attend 16 training days across the year at our teaching school, based at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls. 
  • Trainees will have a mentor based at their setting (or we can appoint externally), who will meet and observe them once per week to set targets, and write 2 progress reports per term. 
  • An external assessor will visit trainees once per term. 
  • Trainees will spend 4 weeks over the year in a contrasting setting to ensure they have experience in all age ranges from 0 – 5 years. As part of this, all trainees must observe and lead teaching in a reception class for 2 weeks during their training year, and observe in KS1 and KS2.  This can be in a block or spread over individual days across the year.
  • Assessment is through observations of the trainees’ work and they will produce a portfolio of evidence that shows they are meeting and exceeding the Early Years Teachers’ Standards.

Selection Process

  • You will undergo an observation, interview and written task in your setting.

To Apply 

Please use the Bright Futures SCITT application form EYTS Application 

OR email admin@scitt.bfet.uk to request a form.