This distance learning programme is designed for professionals already working, volunteering, or leading in areas within the children`s workforce.
The FdA Children’s Learning and Development is for students from different professional backgrounds such as: childminders; early years practitioners; support assistants working in either a mainstream or special school; teaching assistants; managers or advisors working in the early years sector with a focus on services for children aged 0 to 8 years and their families. Their employment could be in a diverse range of sectors, which may include supporting families in the community, working in family centres, or supporting children in schools.
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The aim of this online 2-year full time, or 4-year part time programme is 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.
Child Development [20 credits]
Play [20 credits]
Observation and Assessment [20 credits]
Planning Effective learning Environments [20 credits]
Celebrating Difference [20 credits]
Reflective Practice [20 credits]
Children, Families and Communities [20 credits]
Safeguarding [20 credits]
Creative Critical Thinkers [20 credits]
Leading and Supporting in Professional Practice [20 credits]
Mathematics in Early Childhood [20 credits]
Research [20 credits]
All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time
Additionally, the programme will require approximately 8-12 hours a week of private study to access study materials and engage with wider reading and research.
This vocational award is a work-based course, where you’ll build upon your experience through modules in areas such as child development, safeguarding, creativity and critical thinking, and working in partnership with parents.
The course is delivered entirely online. Each module consists of reading materials and links to relevant and current policies, as well as audio and video materials which are used to enhance learning. You have access to the module tutor via online tutorials. On this course you will be encouraged to become an active enquirer and participant in your own learning.
Progress and achievement are assessed using a variety of methods, such as essays, case studies, ePortfolios, poster and oral presentations, research, and leaflet designs.
Applicants would usually require a Level 3 qualification in a work-related area and at least 2 years’ experience of working within the Children’s Workforce, for example, in a registered early year setting or in a school as a Teaching Assistant
A suitable DBS Enhanced Certificate is required
•A current satisfactory DBS Enhanced Certificate
•Practitioners are required to either be in paid employment or undertaking a voluntary placement for a minimum of 2 days per week. It will underpin practitioners’ experiences in the workplace through studying a suite of modules that will enhance and support career progression.
Grade 4/C in GCSE English and mathematics is desirable but not essential. If you do not have these qualifications, you will still be accepted onto the programme but would need to realise that future employment might require this.
English language requirements:
IELTS 6.5, with no component below 5.5 Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).
This course enables you to build on your experience as an early year’s practitioner and develop new strategies for supporting children and working alongside colleagues and parents.
There is also an opportunity to progress to a year-long distance learning ‘top up’ course to turn your Foundation Degree into a BA (Hons). This will give you further opportunities for further professional development, for example, going onto Teacher Training programmes.