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Early Years Studies
 

Building the early years workforce is a key national priority and we can support this.

Young children are our future and our modules offer a critical insight into the issues and challenges of working in this area.

The modules in the Early Childhood Studies Post Graduate route 

The early years curriculum 
Observing young learners
Reflecting on professional learning
Professional learning in the workplace
The enquiring practitioner

The awards you can gain in the Early Childhood Studies Post Graduate route

Postgraduate Certificate Early Childhood Studies
Postgraduate Diploma Early Childhood Studies
MA Early Childhood Studies

The typical study pathways

There are typical study pathways to gaining an award in inclusion. There are also some opportunities to include modules from other routes in your study programme. Alternatively organisations may select one of more modules to meet development needs and priorities. We also offer and extensive range of consultancy and short courses.

Find out more

Contact the Early Childhood Studies Route Leader: Caron Carter, C.Carter@shu.ac.uk, 0114 225 4741

Foundation Degree Award and Bachelors Award with Honours.

The Foundation Degree Early Years is for professionals working as practitioners and managers in the early years sector (0 to 5 years). Successful part-time foundation degree students have the opportunity to progress onto the BA top-up award. The awards have been designed to meet the requirements of the proposed Early Years Foundation Stage.

We also offer several pathways to gaining Early Years Professional Status (EYPS). It is likely that students will be able to proceed to an EYPS pathway on completion of the foundation degree or at the end of their BA studies. The foundation degree and BA will enable students to gain experience relevant to attainment of the Early Years Professionals Status standards.

The modules in the FdA Early Years (year 1) are

Young children playing and learning 1
Young children being healthy  
Young children playing and learning 2 
Higher level teaching assistant (HLTA) assessment
Introduction to professional learning in children and young people’s services 1

The modules in the FdA Early Years (year 2) are

Young children making a positive contribution 
Working in teams in early years services 
Young children: economic wellbeing in families and communities

The modules in the FdA Early Years (year 3) are

Young children staying safe 
Communication, language and literacy 1
Working therapeutically with children and young people 1
Children and young people’s participation 1
Outdoor learning and play 1
Professional learning in children and young people’s services 1

The modules in the BA Hons Early Years (year 1) are

Module 1 – Planning a professional project
Module 2 – Leading and Managing in Early Years services
Module 3 – Extended Professional project

The modules in the BA Hons Early Years (year 2) are

Communication, language and literacy 2
Working therapeutically with children and young people 2
Children and young people’s participation 2
Outdoor learning and play 2
Advanced professional learning in children and young people’s services 1
Advanced professional learning in children and young people’s services 2

Find out more

Vicky Madden (course administrator), phone 0114 225 5359, v.madden@shu.ac.uk or Penny Borkett (course leader), p.borkett@shu.ac.uk