This Early Years Education course focuses on working with children from birth to eight years. It equips you with the understanding and skills to support the learning and development needs of young children.
You’ll undertake a placement for one day per week, as well as in week-long blocks throughout the year. This will allow you to link theory to practice around areas such as activity planning, assessment and recording procedures, and Welsh language development.
You’ll also develop a range of professional and entrepreneurial skills by working as part of a team with practitioners in a range of settings.
USW’s Early Years Education degree course is recognized by Social Care Wales (SCW) and can be found on their List of Required Qualifications. Graduates will achieve Early Years Practitioner status alongside their academic qualifications.
Year One: Early Years Degree
- Child Development, Play and Well Being
- Words Matter, Numbers Count
- Professional Learning Practice
Year Two: Early Years Degree
- Inclusive Practice in the Early Years
- Children Learning through Landscapes
- Curriculum Matters
- Learning for Sustainability
- Professional Learning Practice 2
Year Three: Early Years Degree
- Researching in the Early Years
- Leading and Managing in the Early Years
- Working with Young Children and their Families
- Positive Approaches to Behaviour Management
- Professional Learning Practice 3
Work-based learning is a critical aspect of the early years course and a key to future employability. As such students should demonstrate their experience of working with children in the early years when applying for this course as part of their personal statement.
You will attend placement for one day a week during term time and will also spend three weeks per academic year in a block placement. The duration and regularity of the practice element enable you to fully engage with the children and support their learning and development for the duration of the year, as well as build strong working relationships with staff. This provides a very real experience of being an early years practitioner.
You will gain a wealth of experience in the three different settings throughout the course such as planning; organizing and delivering activities and sessions; developing resources and confidence in your own skills as an early years practitioner.
Alongside your attendance at placement, you will be required to produce a portfolio of evidence which will be an assessed feature of the Professional Learning and Practice modules.
You’ll complete a number of specified days in a relevant setting before being able to pass this module and this must be supported by a professional practice monitoring report as well as a successful observation in practice.
Identifying an appropriate placement is important and the placement officer for the early years degree will support students on selecting a setting that is suitable. Students will need to make their own arrangements to travel to and from their placement and this needs to be considered when identifying a placement.
Newport City is a modern campus with up to date classrooms and facilities which include access to a range of computer and IT resources, as well as an extensive library service. Learning resources include ipads and a wide selection of storybooks and toys. There is also access to outdoor spaces as well as an outdoor learning resource area.
What careers can I go into with this Early Years degree?
- Teaching; teaching assistant
- SEN coordinator
- Integrated children’s services – eg crèche; family support, health services; toddler groups
- Speech and language therapist; speech and language assistant
- Police; child protection
- Social work
- Educational Officer roles with Charities and Local Authority organizations
- Youth work