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EQ103-15 Foundations for Learning: The Early Years

Department Education Studies

Level Undergraduate Level 1

Module leader Dr Emma Langley

Credit Value 15

Module duration 10 weeks

Assessment 100% Coursework

Study location University of Warwick main campus, Coventry


Experiences in the early years and at the start of the learning and development journey can have a lasting impact upon the individual. We consider what this means in terms of early childhood care and education.

Principal Module Aims and Outcomes
  • To develop an understanding of the importance of early years for children’s long-term outcomes.
  • To explore how children develop holistically and in different domains (physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and language) and how these domains interlink.
  • To study the influence of key microsystems (such as the family and the school) on children’s learning and development.
  • To critically consider the issue of poverty and how it impacts the lives of children and their families.
  • To identify and interrogate national and international initiatives and research studies that have focused on improving life chances of young children.
  • To understand how child development is situated in, and influenced by, context and culture.
  • What is early childhood and why is it important?
  • Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) policies and practice.
  • The developing child (physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and language development).
  • The role of culture and context (ecological systems theories).
  • The home and the family.
  • Early years settings and schooling.
  • Poverty and social disadvantage.
  • Early intervention.
Study Time
Type Required Optional
Lectures 15 sessions of 1 hour (10%)  
Seminars 15 sessions of 1 hour (10%)  
Tutorials (0%) 2 sessions of 15 minutes
Private study 120 hours (80%)  
Total 150 hours  
Report 100%
The assessment will take the form of a report, 2000 words in length. Students will be required to choose a topic from the syllabus and write a report for an early childhood professional. The report structure will include: an introduction to the topic/background to the issue; theoretical perspectives; a critical review of the research evidence, and a conclusion with clear implications for practice.