Due to the ongoing developments and government advice regarding COVID-19, all of our upcoming 'Open Day' events will now take place virtually and prospective teacher trainees will be able to complete the interview process remotely.

For further information regarding the activities and measures we have put in place to date to keep you all safe, please visit our blog page.


Your School-based Route to Becoming an Early Years or Primary Teacher with QTS

Devised to develop high-quality teachers to work in the early years, our School-centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) programme benefits from the direct contributions of Professor Chris Pascal and Professor Tony Bertram from CREC, both highly experienced teacher educators, and a wider team of early years specialists and placement mentors.

In addition to covering all the Teaching Standards, the training includes an emphasis on multi-agency working, leadership in the EYFS, working with 2-year-olds, SEND, and practitioner research.

Upcoming Events
SCITT Virtual One-to-ones
Tue, Jul 07
Telephone / video call
Jul 07, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Telephone / video call
This is an opportunity for a one-to-one telephone / video call with our SCITT Programme Lead to have all your questions answered. We have hourly time slots on the day, simply select the time you wish to 'attend' when you register and we will contact you nearer the time to confirm your booking.

CREC Early Years Partnership SCITT Programme

School-Based Training

135 days in school - three continuous placements

Four Accredited Modules

40 days face-to-face teaching

Extra Enhancement Days

Conference Attendance, Special School Visit, KS2 Elements, Digital Childhoods, British Values & Social Cohesion

Qualified Teacher Status

Graduates achieve full QTS upon completion of the course

60 Masters Credits

Equivalent to 1/3 of a Masters Degree

Additional Qualifications

Paediatric First Aid, Level 2 Food Hygiene, Nutrition & Allergy Awareness, Health & Safety in the Workplace (EY)


Download our brochure for more information about the course


Fees and Funding

Course Fees

Course fees for this programme are £9,000.

Most people will be eligible for a loan to cover these fees, which is not repayable until you are in full-time employment and earning at least £21,000 a year.

Loans & Bursaries

Full-time UK students can apply for a maintenance loan to help with their living costs. The amount that you qualify for will depend on your personal circumstances, and you may be required to provide information about your household income. 

Grants & Allowances

Some UK students may qualify for additional funding to support your teacher training, such as Parents' Learning Allowances, Childcare Grants, or Child Tax Credits.

This extra funding is usually non-repayable. 


"Being a trainee teacher is full time, it means a lot of hard work and long days but I can assure you, if you’re cut out for it, you will thoroughly enjoy the course, as I did! 

It was great to be a part of a close learning community and go on the journey together. I met some very inspiring people who I think have helped me be the teacher I am today."

Lauren Jeffs

2015/16 cohort


If you're thinking about kick-starting an exciting new career in teaching, come and see us!

If you would like to chat to us about the training, get your questions answered, and meet some of the CEYP staff and tutors, we are holding several taster sessions at our base, St Thomas Children's Centre, and regularly attend official Train to Teach events across the West Midlands.

If you would like to arrange a visit to our Centre on another day, please get in touch to set this up. We are open Monday to Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM.


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