Advice for providers looking to offer early years initial teacher training (ITT).


Early years initial teacher training requirements: supporting advice

Ref: DfE-00013-2021PDF, 344KB, 33 pages


Information on the following requirements for early years ITT:

  • accreditation
  • entry levels
  • training
  • management and quality assurance
  • employment-based

This information is for early years initial teacher training (ITT) providers. If you’re interested in applying for early years ITT, visit Get into Teaching.

Advice for employers can be found in the early years initial teacher training: a guide for employers.

Published 5 January 2015
Last updated 25 January 2021 + show all updates

  1. Updated information on student support and background checks.

  2. Updated temporary guidance changes due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

  3. Temporary guidance changes due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

  4. Updated the ‘Entry requirements’ section on page 9 explaining what should happen when entrants to early years ITT courses are unable to demonstrate the required GCSE equivalent entry standard, as a consequence of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

  5. Guidance updated reflecting measures to be taken during coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

  6. Guidance updated reflecting changes in closure and withdrawal criteria, fee charging/student support and other minor changes.

  7. Revised version of the guidance to reflect changes to skills tests.

  8. Updated allocations information for the academic year 2016 to 2017.

  9. First published.