Our early years education course prepares you to become an exceptional educational professional working with the youngest learners. This course is guided by current policy and legislation including the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (2012), Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018) and The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989).
You will be introduced to historical and contemporary constructions of childhood, investigate theories of child development and develop an underpinning knowledge of play-based approaches. You will examine different theoretical and practice-based perspectives, and you will begin to make links between different concepts. For example, learning through play, and the relationship between attachment behaviours and brain development.
You will consider the different domains of learning and development, including personal, social and emotional development, communication and language, physical development and literacy skills. You will have the opportunity to think about the characteristics of effective learning, and the ways in which they support children to flourish and become lifelong learners.
Our degree programme is committed to supporting reflective practice, and you will have an ongoing opportunity to develop a sound pedagogical approach to early education. You will consider your role as an advocate, caregiver and teacher of young children, to ensure that every child has the opportunity to reach their full potential.