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Develop your theoretical knowledge and practical skills to support your career in the early years education and care sector.
With successive governments attempting to improve standards in the early years sector, a degree is increasingly being seen as desirable by employers in childhood settings, especially for those who aspire to managerial roles.
This programme has been developed to promote best practice through the teaching of key theories in early years, such as child development, the status of children in society and the voice of the child. The work- based elements of the course enable you to reflect on experiences within a workplace/placement to enable you to link theory and policy with practice.
You will also have the opportunity to undertake significant and independent research projects on areas of interest linked to your professional practice which will support your developing career.
This degree will provide you with the skills, knowledge and experience to become an effective practitioner working with young children in a range of settings for the 0 – 8 age range.
The BA (Hons) Early Years is aligned to professional standards, such as Early Years Educator (EYE), and the Early Childhood Studies Degree Network (ECSDN) Graduate Competencies; these are nationally recognised and endorsed by the sector.
Through innovative and flexible approached to teaching and learning the programme offers you a balance of theoretical perspectives which will enable practical application in early childhood settings. you will consider the voice of the child and how to support children’s wellbeing to develop resilience and agency within their lives. The modules within this programme will enable you to develop your critical understanding of key themes within early years education and care, including play and pedagogy, professional practice, child development and socio-cultural perspectives.
This programme also offers support for your academic, personal and career development, working closely with professionals, employers and placement providers. It is envisages that graduates from this programme could apply for postgraduate courses including teacher training or masters programmes, as well as positions within education or social service settings.
Supplement your existing experience in early years and childcare with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to take your career to the next level.