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What will I learn?

The Foundation Degree is aimed at current practitioners who must be working in an Early Years / Childcare setting and should have normally been employed within that setting for at least two years who wish to extend their knowledge and understanding . The FdA in Early Years programme aims to prepare practitoners to take on a either formal leadership role within their setting or a role which focuses on training, mentoring or supporting staff in the workplace. Applicants must be involved in at least 12 hours / week of activity focused time with groups of children. They must have agreement from the workplace/employer to support the them through workplace learning facilitations, including provision of learning and assessment opportunities required by the course. Applicants must have a current and valid Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) report.

As part of the course students will be expected recognise the role of play and its importance to the curriculum. They will carry out observations and through the analysis of the observations be in a position to contribute to curriculum and environment planning which reflects the age and stage of development of every child. It will require students to recognise and respond to initiatives, policies and research that are impacting on practice, whilst allowing them to be able to see changes from a local, national and even international perspective.

The programme will include :

  • The Practitioner as Learner
  • Children and Young People’s Learning and Development
  • Pedagogical approaches and the adult role
  • Play as a Developmental Learning Process
  • Communication, Language and Literacy Development
  • Professional Reflective Practice in Learning and Development
  • Safeguarding and Promoting Welfare and Wellbeing
  • Assessing Children’s Achievements and Families in Communities

In this qualification students will be expected to compile a portfolio of evidence as well as submitting essays; they will be assessed in the workplace for elements of the units.

What could I progress on to?

This qualification allows for progression onto a final top up year of a BA (hons) Professional Studies in Learning and Development.

Learners are able to progress on to a variety of inspection positions. The FdA in Early Years programme aims to prepare practitoners to take on a either formal leadership role within their setting or a role which focuses on training, mentoring or supporting staff in the workplace.

There will be a charge for a DBS ( formally CRB Criminal Records Bureau) check if students are not currently employed in their setting.

Additional Course Details for 18/19

If you have any questions please contact Student Services on (01424) 458475 or if available use the Enquiry button.

  • Study Year Year 1
    Course code 16677
    Course name Foundation Degree in Early Years Care and Education
    Campus Station Plaza
    Study mode Part-Time
    Days Tuesday + Thursday
    Times 18:00 to 21:00
    16-18 fee £0.00
    Entitlement Waiver £0.00
    Full Cost Fees £7000.00
    Start date 01/10/18
    Duration 30 week (s)

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