Play an active role in changing children’s futures through their development. You'll develop skills and a recognised qualification to work with children up to the age of 8 years old including those with additional needs. You will gain real-world experience through a work placement each year. Students develop skills on placements at Belmont school, The Family Haven refuge centre and Battledown Centre for Children & Families. You will also have the opportunity to visit Stockholm, partnering with students and practitioners from the University of Stockholm to compare best practice and innovation. Sweden is an international leader in early years education.
Learning from lecturers with a varied wealth of experience, you’ll develop skills and knowledge around early years education as well as health and social care relating to young people. In year one you’ll study the psychology and sociology of children. This includes how the digital world and globalisation have changed their social behaviours. You will also explore the varying factors that impact upon child development and how we as practitioners may influence these, as well as how to ‘tune in’ to children to identify and manage individual needs. Year two focuses on working with children and their families including marginalisation of families within 21st-century communities. To support your development as an Early Years practitioner it is important that you have knowledge and understanding of how children learn, the characteristics of effective learning and the impact this can have upon their learning dispositions, such as motivation, curiosity and self-reflection to name but a few. In your final year, you can choose from optional modules, studying subjects such as the biological, environmental and sociological factors that influence well-being; and the notion that lifelong learning within education is the key means of equipping children to meet the challenges that face them in their 21st-century lives.
There is a ‘short course week’ each year which is an opportunity for you to develop niche skills such as music making or basic baby care. You can also achieve extra qualifications including First Aid and Child Protection.
Explore practices and theories through lectures, workshops, presentations, projects, electronic discussions and assignments. There’s also a strong emphasis on the development of ICT, communication and presentation skills. Assessment is 100% coursework-based on professional development and focused on 'real-world' industry practice.
- Early years manager
- Early years teacher
- Family support worker
- Children's centre manager
- Child protection officer
- Play therapist
You will gain real world experience through our partnerships with early years settings and multi-agencies. Our students benefit from these through work placements and guests in lectures. These include: Schools and children’s centres, derman Knight School, Berkhampstead School, Bettridge School, The Milestone School, The Family Haven (refuge centre) and Battledown Centre for Children & Families