• Course
    Overview
  • Units and
    Structure
  • Entry
    Requirements
  • Tutors and
    Support

Course Overview

The FdA Children’s Learning and Development aims to provide a balance of intellectual and practical skills – these students are integral to the on-going development of the early years workforce, nationally, regionally, and locally. Students will actively engage in research and enquiry, gaining a critical understanding of the processes within the development of services, enabling them to gain insight and understanding relating to how babies, toddlers and young children develop and how this can be supported. Graduates of the Foundation Degree Children’s Learning and Development are advocates for babies, toddlers and young children and champion their rights. A central aspect of the programme is that students will gain the opportunity to examine various ways in which children and childhood may be understood and conceptualised through their understanding of the philosophies, beliefs and attitudes that champion children’s rights. They will also consider the challenges and intricacies of multi-agency and multi-professional practices and reflect on this within their own professional context.

The high-quality learning experiences within the Foundation Degree for Children’s Learning and Development will ensure that students obtain a range of transferable skills needed for their successful career advancement.  This is achieved through a two-way process, where the learning in an academic environment is applied in the work environment therefore academic study informs provision and practice.

Level
Level 4 Level 5
Duration
2 years full time
Awarding Body
University of Hull
Department
Department of Early Years
UCAS Code
X2C2
Please note: our institute and UCAS codes have changed. Please see further information on our how to apply page.
Course Fees
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Units and Structure

YEAR ONE LEVEL 4

  • Child Development
  • Celebrating difference
  • Play
  • Observation and assessment
  • Planning an effective learning environment
  • Reflective practice

YEAR TWO LEVEL 5

  • Maths in Early Years Education
  • Safeguarding children
  • Critical creative thinkers
  • Children, Family and Communities
  • Research Methods
  • Leading and supporting

Entry Requirements

You'll need to have:

A Level 3 qualification in a work-related area;

At least 2 years’ experience of working within the Children’s Workforce, for example, in a registered early years setting or in a school as a Teaching Assistant

We welcome applications from people of any age who might not meet the standard entry criteria, but we would expect to see evidence of continuing academic and/or professional development and a capacity to pursue the course successfully.


For equivalent qualifications see our Entry Requirements Explained page.

Tutors and Student Support

Joanne Taylor

Joanne Taylor

Programme Leader

Joanne Taylor,                   BA Early Years, QTLS.

Current roles

  • Programme Leader: FdA Childrens Learning & Development in Practice.
  • Lecturer: FdA Early Childhood Development and Learning in Practice.
  • Lecturer: Top Up BA (Hons) Supporting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
  • Lecturer: BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies.
  • Lecturer: Top Up BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies

Biography

I have over twenty years’ experience working in the early years sector. This has given me the opportunity to progress through the different roles from a nursery practitioner within a pre-school setting to a regional manager for a chain of nurseries. In the last few years my focus has changed to becoming a lecturer in Early Years where I have had the opportunity to share my knowledge and experience. My research interests include leadership and management within an early years environment along with observations and assessments and how these can be used to support and promote children’s outcomes.

Current modules taught

  • Observation and Assessment.
  • Innovation and Change in Early Years Settings
  • Celebrating Difference
  • Leading and Supporting in Early Years Settings
  • Advanced Personal Professional Practice

Research / scholarly activity

  • BA Hons in Early Childhood Studies.
  • Postgraduate study in Early Childhood Studies.

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Deborah Ellis

Deborah Ellis

Programme Leader

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Debrah Turner

Debrah Turner

Programme Leader

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Kat Downing

Kat Downing

Programme Leader

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Student Support and Facilities

As a student, you’ll have access to a wide range of facilities, services and support, including:

  • Step outside the classroom  and access our state of the art facilities as well as 3 huge Learning Resource Centres with thousands of resources to use
  • With hands-on experience you’ll be prepared for employment with a competitive edge.
  • A dedicated impartial careers advice team to help you on your future path
  • Our wide range of courses means that we can offer the right paths to get you where you need to be
  • Our Hub campus is right in the heart of the town centre meaning you can find your way to us easily
  • Outstanding student support throughout your studies with us.

Progression and Employment

Students may progress onto :

BA (Hons) Top Up Early Childhood Studies

 

Courses you can progress to

Further study in other areas. Browse all our courses.

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EARLY YEARS INITIAL TEACHER TRAINING (EYITT)

If you decide to top up your foundation to a full degree you can progress onto the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies.  After you graduate you can undertake training to become an Early Years Teacher.

Best Practice deliver the programme, please visit their website for further information.

ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS REVISION PROGRAMMES

Revision programmes are available for undergraduates and graduates who require GCSE equivalency qualifications in maths, English and science or who need to refresh their current knowledge in order to pass Key Skills Tests for entry onto Initial Teacher Training programmes.

Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme

We're proud to be able to offer Dual Career Accreditation via the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme. This is a Sport England funded partnership between athletes, education institutions, and national governing bodies of sport.

The Scheme helps athletes in education – aged 16-plus – to get the very best from their sporting and academic careers without having to choose between the two.

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Want to apply for this course?

You'll need to have:

A Level 3 qualification in a work-related area;

At least 2 years’ experience of working within the Children’s Workforce, for example, in a registered early years setting or in a school as a Teaching Assistant

We welcome applications from people of any age who might not meet the standard entry criteria, but we would expect to see evidence of continuing academic and/or professional development and a capacity to pursue the course successfully.


For equivalent qualifications see our Entry Requirements Explained page.


GCSE Grades are changing from 2017. Need to know more? Click here for information.

Application & Enrolment

To apply for this course full-time, you need to do so via Ucas. To apply for it part-time, you need to fill in an application form.

Ucas Code: X2C2

Provider Name: DN Colleges Group

Institution Code: N64

Campus Code: D

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