Early Years Initial Teacher Training

As an experienced early years training provider, Best Practice Network is very pleased to be working in partnership with eQualitas to deliver Early Years Initial Teacher Training (birth to five) across England. We are are proud to maintain a 100% pass rate for EYITT over the past 3 years.

Qualified Early Years Teachers have been shown to make a positive impact on the learning and life chances of the children in their care. Our trainees tell us the course is life-changing and puts them on track for a rewarding career. A £7,000 employer incentive is available to early years settings to support a member of staff on the course.

Apply now to secure a funded training place starting in September 2020.

"Completing my Early Years Initial Teacher Training with Best Practice Network remains one of my greatest achievements. I found the course to be challenging yet inspiring."
Charlotte Reynolds EYITT Candidate

We have also developed an online unit for the role of a Physical Activity and Nutrition Coordinator (PANCo) in the Early Years. Find out more here.


Who is this for?

EYITT leads to Early Years Teacher Status and is designed for those who wish to specialise in early childhood development work with children across the birth to five age range.

This training is suitable for:

  • Graduate early years practitioners who may work in a range of settings across the birth to five sector, including nurseries, schools, home-based settings
  • Graduates who want to join the early years sector
  • Full-time undergraduates on Early Childhood Studies degree programmes


Entry Requirements

The following entry requirements must be met:

  • GCSE Grade C and above (or recognised equivalent) in maths, English and science
  • A degree on entry - the degree can be from any area of study.

If your English or maths GCSE (or equivalent) was taken from 2017 onwards and is graded 1-9 you should check the Ofqual grading summary to confirm if your qualification meets the entry requirements.

Additionally, if you are applying for the Graduate Entry route, you are required to complete 20 voluntary days within an early years setting prior to being interviewed. You will be asked to produce evidence of days completed at the interview stage.

Please check the FAQs if you have any queries about your eligibility for the programme.

What are the benefits?

The Government is committed to raising the quality of early years provision by encouraging graduate leadership. Research has shown that the quality of provision is higher in settings that employ more graduate trained staff.

Early Years ITT is the only teacher training focussed on the birth to five age range. To be awarded Early Years Teacher Status, trainees must meet robust standards designed specifically for high-quality work with this age group. This makes Early Years Teachers ideally placed to fulfil the needs of employers for high-quality education and care for babies and young children. The pay and conditions for working in early education and childcare settings outside maintained schools are determined by employers at a local level.

Why choose to study with Best Practice Network?

  • We have been providing EYITT and its preceding courses, EYTS and EYPS since it began in 2006 so are experts in our field
  • Working in partnership with renowned universities and school-based ITT providers gives us the benefit of a wide knowledge base and provides you with a wider support network
  • We have a rigorous behind the scenes application process ensuring that we only take on the best quality candidates
  • We offer greater placement flexibility giving you the choice of where you want to go
  • You will receive ongoing support from a designated personal tutor as well as your group tutor and our friendly office staff
  • Many of our trainees are offered employment during or following the completion of EYITT

How is it delivered?

There are two funded routes to Early Years Teacher Status, both of 12 months duration. Both routes require a degree on entry, as well as GCSE in English, maths and science at grade C or above.

Route 1. Graduate Entry Route (GE) - 12 months, full-time

Funded places are available, and from September 2019 the following bursaries are also available:

  • £5,000 for a graduate with a first-class degree
  • £4,000 for a graduate with a 2:1 degree
  • £2,000 for a graduate with a 2:2 degree

Route 2. Graduate Employment-based Route (GEB) - 12 months, part-time

This route is for graduates who are either:

  1. already employed in an early years setting/early years department of a school
  2. newly recruited to an early years setting to undertake Early Years Initial Teacher Training through an employment-based route

A £7,000 employer incentive is available to cover release and other costs paid in three instalments. 

Assessment requirements

By the end of the programme, whichever route is followed, all trainees will need to:

  • be able to demonstrate the Teachers' Standards (Early Years) across the birth to five age range
  • have gained teaching experience across the birth to five age range
  • undertaken a placement in KS1/2
  • meet the minimum level of practice expected of teachers as defined in the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years) by the end of the training

Early Years Teachers will be specialists in early childhood development, trained to work with babies and young children from birth to five. Early Years Teacher Status is awarded to graduates who are leading education and care and who have been judged to have met all of the Teachers' Standards (Early Years) in practice from birth to the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

Early Years Teachers make the education and care of babies and children their first concern. They are accountable for achieving the highest possible standards in their professional practice and conduct.

Early Years Teachers act with integrity and honesty. They have strong early development knowledge, keep their knowledge and skills up-to-date and are self-critical. Early Years Teachers recognise that Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 curricula follow the EYFS in a continuum. They forge positive professional relationships and work with parents and/or carers in the best interests of babies and children.

Please check the FAQs if you have any queries on how the programme is delivered.

What does it cost?


Graduate Entry Route

12 months full time

  • Funded places are available

  • A bursary of £5000 is available to those with a first-class degree

  • A bursary of £4000 is available to those with a 2:1, or £2000 for those with a 2:2 degree


Graduate Employment-based Route (GEB)

12 months, part-time

  • Funded places are available

  • Funding includes a £7000 financial incentive to employers towards salary/release/support for the trainee


Specialism in early years - birth to five


Qualification Requirements


Funding and bursaries


Training Sessions

Experience and commitment

Equivalency with QTS & teaching in schools