If you are already working (employed or volunteering) with children, young people and families for at least 14 hours per week, this course has been designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to provide a high-quality service as well as enhancing your employment opportunities.
Core to this is the belief that we all have rights, should have equal access to services and life opportunities, and that everybody’s qualities and potential are important and valuable.
Study the essential aspects of child development and welfare, legislation and policy as you develop your own capacity for independent thinking and creative approaches to working with children, young people and families.
- Learn whilst working in childcare, with the support of your employer and a mentor, allowing you to relate your learning and theory to your practice
- Study with a diverse range of people, with a wealth of experience to share with each other
- Develop extensive knowledge and skills in all areas of child development and childcare service provision
- Explore areas of study including: child observation; beliefs, expectations and language of youth; social policy and families multi-agency working; applied psychology; management and organisational theory
- Gain understanding of theory, policy and practice as you develop a sound working knowledge of current legislation, Government policy and initiatives
- Benefit from a course that allows you to enter the final year of an Honours degree (e.g the BA (Hons) Early Years Studies or Child and Adolescent Studies) and opens doors to careers in outreach and community work; educational welfare; family support; youth remand centres; residential social work; special or statutory schools or in children’s rights
This course will help you gain an in-depth understanding of the essential aspects of child development and welfare. It will further equip you with the skills required to provide high-quality services for children, young people and families. Their rights, and the belief that they have equal access to services and life opportunities regardless of social difference, feature strongly throughout the course. You will apply knowledge to current practice
Your studies will have a strong vocational orientation, with ‚real’ practice issues informing the curriculum and your work. You will be expected to be employed or volunteering with children or young people for a minimum of 14 hours per week. You will need a work based mentor to support you with your studies over the next two years. The course is set within the context of current events, research legislation and policy. You will also be given opportunities for undertaking research in preparation for your independent project, as well as enjoying the practical experience of working with children, young people and families.
Underpinning the course is the belief that children, young people and their families have rights and should have equal access to services and opportunities, regardless of social difference. Valuing the potential and the qualities of children and young people are also guiding principles.
This Foundation Degree has been designed to equip you with the up-to-date knowledge and skills you will need to be an effective and successful practitioner in the field of child and families studies.