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Newman University Early Years

Newman University Early Years

Early Years Foundation Degree

Course length: 2 years full-time 3 years part-time

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OverviewThe Early Years Foundation Degree is a programme designed for those practitioners, or those who intend to work with, young children in public, private, voluntary and independent childcare and education settings.

It provides access to a higher level qualification and career development for people working as childminders or in group settings such as a nursery, kindergarten, preschool, community crèche environment or children’s centres.

This course is for any practitioner, working with young children in a public, private, third or independent sector setting who has a commitment to the aims of the course. It has been designed for those with relevant experience or working in the sector, as well as for those seeking progression routes into management positions in early years settings.

Who is it for?

  • Any practitioner, working with young children in a public, private, third or independent sector setting who has a commitment to the aims of the course
  • People with experience, as a childminder or, in a nursery, pre-school setting, community crèche or children’s centre
  • People seeking progression routes into management positions in early years settings

Special Features

Module content has been informed by major research projects undertaken by Newman with funding support from the European Social Fund. There are opportunities to interact with other students, share experiences and enhance communication skills.

Attendance

Full-time: Taught sessions will be on one day / and one early evening session.

Part-time: Taught sessions will be on one evening a week between 4.30-9.00pm.

Full-time and Part-time: In addition to the taught sessions you will need to spend at least two days or 10 hours a week volunteering or working in an appropriate early years setting.

Assessment

A range of work-based assessment strategies will be used including portfolios, presentations, written reports and essays. There will also be directed study tasks regularly undertaken in your own time.

Progression routes

Even though you may have the skills and experience to progress in your career, you may find that the lack of a formal academic qualification holds you back at some stage. Studying for a foundation degree situates you in higher education and will prepare you for increased responsibilities within your current setting, therefore expanding your employment opportunities in early years.

There is also the opportunity to progress onto the top-up award, converting your Foundation degree to a full BA (Hons) degree, such as the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Education and Care or BA (Hons) Professional Practice. Completion of an Honours degree will support those wishing to pursue a career in teaching, although further study and qualifications are needed.

 

 

 

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