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Early Childhood

Our programmes

You might be a nursery worker, childminder, teaching assistant, parent, grandparent or a health worker, for example, or simply wish to extend your knowledge and understanding about early childhood.

We offer an opportunity to nurture your personal, professional and academic interests in our part-time Foundation Degree (FdA) in Early Childhood.

You will also have the opportunity to progress directly from the FdA to a BA(Hons) in Early Childhood, which is excellent preparation for Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) or Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) qualifications. We are also accredited with Graduate Practitioner Competencies from September 2022 – upon graduating with BA Hons with us, you will gain what the Department of Education terms as a 'Full and Relevant' level 3 practitioner status that will enable you to be counted in ratios in the Early Years sector.

Is the degree for me?

If you are currently working in the Early Years sector or associated field, or simply take an interest in how children learn and develop, the FdA degree is just for you.

If you have been told in your Early Years setting that you cannot be part of the full staff ratio, or that you are omitted from CPD and promotional opportunities for the lack of the qualification, it’s a perfect pathway for you to progress from our FdA onto a final BA Hons year, where upon you will graduate not only with a BA Hons but the ECSDN GPC's certificate.

If you have previously qualified with a Level 2 or Level 3 NVQ STALS award and would now like to pursue a career in the sector, then this BA Hons degree is also the optional pathway for you.

Video overview

Hear from course lecturers about the degree pathway, modules, research, and support.

This video was filmed in February 2022.

COVID-19 update

For courses where we usually hold face-to-face interviews on campus, we will be conducting telephone or online interviews instead and, where applicable, assessment tasks will be online too. We will contact you prior to your interview to confirm details of these.

Student Stories

"I have made lots of new friends in my cohort, the tutors are amazing at offering support and my own personal tutor Dr Charlotte Jones is phenomenal at ensuring students feel confident completing their studies."

Alana Wileman, current part-time Early Childhood student


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Career Prospect

Watch this video where our alumni and students discuss their professional development since they joined our programmes.

This video was filmed over Teams in April 2022.