The Foundation Degree in Early Years Practice is a full time qualification which provides students with the specialist knowledge and skills required within the Early Years sector. It is awarded by Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU).
This level 4/5 qualification has been developed in collaboration with Early Years' employers, LJMU and other partner colleges.
Work-based learning is a key part of a student's learning. Students will use their workplace, including a chosen mentor and everyday duties as a key learning resource throughout the programme.
Course content at level 4 includes:
- Working in Partnership
- Early Years Education
- The Developing Child
- Technology Within the Early Years
- Personal Professional Development
- The History of Childhood
At level 5, course content includes:
- Reflection in the Early Years
- Inclusion, Health and Well Being
- Research Enquiry
- Safeguarding Practice Within the Early Years
- Leading and Managing in the Early Years
Skills and Knowledge Developed:
The programme aims to:
- Provide the appropriate knowledge and understanding required for the care and education of children across children’s services, considering a range of pedagogical approaches
- Provide an appropriate understanding of the regulatory and legislative framework for Early Years, and prepare students to work within this framework
- Ensure that students can observe, assess and plan, to meet the individual needs of babies and young children
- To enhance multi-professional practices, working collaboratively with others in an Early Years context
- Deliver the professional and practical skills and competencies required to work in children’s services, demonstrating knowledge of political, economic, cultural and ideological contexts
- Ensure students can demonstrate within their practice that they have adopted appropriate value and belief systems for Early Years or play or school-based settings; these include values relating to anti-discriminatory practice, equality of opportunity and ensuring inclusive practice
- Develop students' self-awareness and reflection, including the ability to evaluate their effect on other people and in the environment in which they work
- Develop students' ability to understand and apply the principles of evidence-based practice
- Develop students as reflective practitioners, with an understanding of the need for commitment and lifelong learning
- Develop the personal and transferable skills critical to practitioners in children’s services. These skills include communication, application of numbers, IT, team working, problem solving, effective time management, self-reflection and academic writing
- Provide a suitable basis for progression to Honours level, via an appropriate further programme of study
The programme handbook for this course is available to applicants online:
FD Early Years Practice Programme Handbook (19-20)
Please note: this course will only run when it has a sufficient number of applicants.
Foundation Degree in Early Years Practice
This course leads to...
Successful completion of the foundation degree may lead to increased promotion opportunities within the Early Years sector and may also lead to the ability to work at a level recognised by employers as Senior Practitioner.
Subject to availability of places within the university, achievement of the foundation degree also allows progression to the articulated route of BA (Hons) Supporting, Learning and Development at LJMU, or BA (Hons) Top-Up Early Years Childhood Studies at The City of Liverpool College.
The foundation degree may also be used as a bridge towards gaining Early Years teacher status working with children from birth to five.
Students wanting to progress on to the Early Years Teacher status will be required to have as minimum GCSEs at grade C/4 in English language, maths and science.
,• A level 3 full and relevant qualification (as listed by the DfE) in childcare. A full list of relevant qualifications is found at: http://www.education.gov.uk/eypqd/level5.shtml
• GCSE in English at grade C/4 or above or equivalent (e.g. Level 2 Key Skills Communication; Level 2 Functional Skills)
Candidates without GCSE English (grade C/4 or above) will be required to write a short essay at the time of interview to demonstrate the ability to understand and make use of written material to ensure they are able to communicate clearly and accurately in spoken and written English.
• A satisfactory reference from their employer or voluntary organisation, which indicates support for the student in undertaking the Foundation Degree and in providing a mentor to support the student with their work-based learning.
In addition to above, for those qualifying at level 3 prior to September 2017:
• At least two years recent/relevant experience working with children in either paid or voluntary employment
• Evidence from employer or voluntary organisation of a recent, clear DBS check (i.e. completed in the 12 months prior to start of programme).
In addition, for those qualifying at Level 3 after September 2014:
• A work-based placement within a good Early Years establishment for a minimum of 300 hours. N.B. Support can be provided in finding an appropriate placement once a ‘conditional’ place on the course has been offered.
N.B. For students whose education has not been in English, evidence will be required of proficiency in English.
Typically, applicants will need to have achieved: Band 6.5 in the IELTS (International English Language Testing Scheme), and/or TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 580 or above (completed within 2 years of date of application to the Foundation Degree).
Applicants should hold a total UCAS Tariff points score from relevant qualifications of at least 96 points.
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