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Do you work in an Early Years setting? Are you committed to helping babies and young children to flourish and learn?

We have a range of academic and professional courses starting in September 2017 which might suit you. Come along to one of our information events.

Early Years Teacher Status
Graduate Employment Based route

If you are currently working in an early years setting and have a first degree then come and find out about Early Years Teacher Status.

Brief Overview

Course fees for tuition and assessment are covered by government funding. In addition, there is £7,000 available to the trainee’s employer to help them support the trainee in completing their course.

This is a postgraduate part-time route for experienced graduate-level Early Years practitioners who are currently in paid employment in an Early Years setting but require training and further experience to demonstrate the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years).

Benefits of Early Years Teacher Status

Benefits of studying this course include:

  • Gain a graduate level professional accreditation as a teacher endorsed by the Government for practitioners in the Early Years sector
  • Become a specialist in early childhood development trained to work with babies and young children from birth to five years old
  • Lead, inspire and organise high-quality practice in early years settings

Foundation Degree in Early Years

If you don’t already have a first degree but you are working in an early years setting you can take the first step towards gaining a BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies on our Foundation Degree in Early Years.

Brief Overview

This is a part-time course with attendance one day a week. Participants must be in employment in an early years setting for at least two days a week and have at least a year’s experience of work in early years contexts. They will have appropriate levels of numeracy and literacy to support children and have an NVQ level 3 in early years or related subject or equivalent qualification. The course is funded by the student or their sponsor.

Benefits of the Foundation Degree in Early Years

The Foundation Degree in Early Years recognises participants’ knowledge and experience as a practitioner working with young children and babies aged 0-5. It can also be the first step towards gaining a BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies and subsequent progression to Early Years Teacher Status (0-5), Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) or an MA in Social Work.

Top up Degree in Early Childhood Studies

Progress your Foundation Degree or HND to a full honours degree with a Top Up Degree in Early Childhood Studies.

Brief Overview

This course can be undertaken on a full or part-time basis. The BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies Top-up programme is designed to allow progression from a Foundation Degree or HND to an honours degree. The programme is ideal for work-based learners. Participants must already hold a suitable relevant level 5 qualification and have appropriate levels of numeracy and literacy to support children. The course is funded by the student or their sponsor.

Benefits of the Top-up Degree in Early Childhood Studies

The course provides a broad-based academic and inter-disciplinary professional foundation for a variety of careers working with children. The course aims to meet the needs of those students who wish to build upon previous study, either full or part-time. The course is taught by a highly experienced, multi-professional team with expertise in the fields of education, health and social care. There are opportunities to undertake a placement and field work in educational, health and social care settings, to enable strong links between academic study and professional experience. The course can help prepare students to progress towards the achievement of relevant professional standards and roles, for example in relation to Early Years Teacher Status or as preparation for further training in teaching with QTS or social work.

If you’d like to find out more please register for one of our Information Events.