The Cambridge Early Years Teaching School Alliance training programme is now in its second year. We were delighted that all our first year trainees completed their course and were awarded their degree.  No students left the course and 100% have secured employment in early years teaching.

Why train with CEYTSA?

The Cambridge Early Years Teaching School Alliance training programme is predominately school-based working closely with highly skilled teachers, TAs and mentors in good or outstanding schools. This work is underpinned with professional and theoretical training to ensure a  deep understanding of teaching young children.

You will:

  • Achieve QTS in one year
  • Qualify to teach in the Early Years sector (2-7 years)
  • Train in one of six nursery school settings. Five are located in Cambridge and one in Huntingdon
  • Experience other settings and teach one term in a local primary school
  • Work in ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Good’ placement schools.
  • Be taught by a team of professionals including Helen Moylett, Professor Chris Pascal and Professor Tony Bertram
  • Be supported by a professional team of mentors, educators and tutors.
  • Enjoy the wealth of educational and cultural opportunities Cambridgeshire has to offer.

Why train with us?

This course develops high quality Early Years teachers qualified to teach children aged 2 years to 7 years. In addition to covering all Teaching Standards the course includes multi-agency working, leadership in EYFS, SEN/D, working with 2 year-old children and practitioner research.

Trainees are placed in highly supportive and aspirational classroom environments across the Foundation Stage and key Stage 1. You work alongside experienced practitioners to develop professional knowledge and skills necessary for the delivery of creative, purposeful and challenging teaching and learning.Each term offers new experiences to build your skills.

The course meets the needs of the new early years curricula. It covers covers 2-4 yrs and DfE designated age phases of Foundation Stage (3-5 yrs) and Key Stage 1 (5-7 yrs)..

The course equips trainees to:

  • motivate children in their learning
  • plan activities and lessons that challenge children
  • encourage problem solving
  • support self-organisational skills
  • ensure children are active learners both physically and mentally
  • ensure children are able to operate in an increasingly technological and digital age

In addition, the course looks closely at the child within the family, considering how other factors influence learning and development.

Particular aspects capitalised on in this programme which deepen trainees proficiency:

  • a specialised focus on working with 2 year olds
  • supporting diversity and engaging positively with young children and families with special needs and disabilities
  • ensuring that the learning of children with SEN/D are supported in an inclusive environment