Janine Ryan

Editor: Janine Ryan

I am pleased to bring you the forth edition of the Early Years Magazine, spring 2017, which supports the growing community of practice within the Department of Early Years, at University Centre Doncaster. This edition is devoted to student research, which I hope you will find interesting and will support you in the development of your practice. The research has been carried out by final year students on the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies (ECS) and BA (Hons) ECS top up programme. Early Childhood Studies continues to attract a large number of students each year from local schools and colleges as well as mature students from Access to HE programmes. It also provides a progression route for those who complete a Foundation Degree allowing them to top up to a full honours degree. These programmes prepare students for employment and career progression within schools, day care providers and community based settings as well as supporting those who chose to train to become teachers. At graduation in October 2016 we were delighted to report that 100% of ECS graduates are in employment or further training.

The research papers published in this edition provide insight into four very different and interesting topics; all students achieved distinctions for their work.

How Does the Setting Support the Development of Schematic Play for Children Under Two?  Steph Long 

Is An Increased Use of 21st Century Technology Impacting On Children’s Early Speech, Language and Communication Development?  Nicola Gough

How Does Gaining Additional Qualifications Benefit Teaching Assistants?  Jeni Bartlet​

Are the Standards of the EYFS supporting the Social and Emotional Needs of Young Children on Military Camps?  Elizabeth Rogers

Masters in Early Childhood Studies

If you have a degree in Early Childhood Studies or similar qualification you might be interested in progressing onto Masters programme at UCD.  There are now postgraduate loans available to support with tuition fees and study costs of up to ​£10,000.

This exciting programme provides a broad base of topic areas that enable students to develop their ability to critically reflect and evaluate their own practice from an informed professional perspective. The suite of modules focuses on the safeguarding and protection of children from the pressures and influences of modern day society. In addition, students identify current influences that are shaping policy and informing practice locally, nationally and globally. The relationship between the politics of knowledge and the social constructions of teaching and learning are explored. It will also develop enhanced awareness of macro, micro and international contemporary issues in order to clarify and determine priorities for innovative and enterprising projects within early childhood.​

Available as weekend study or distance learning

​Click here to view the MA Early Childhood Studies programme

Postgraduate Funding now available through Student Finance England

Click here for more information about the Postgraduate Funding


At University Centre Doncaster, High Melton campus

THURSDAY 18TH MAY 2017, 8.45- 4.00

A conference which will examine childhood and consider the  issues that currently  impact on this criucial stage in a child’s life.​

Sue Palmer – Keynote speaker

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​Leading International Exp​ert in the field of early childhood, Published Author, International Government Advisor, Independent Researcher.

​Sue Palmer a well respected expert on childhood and published author introduces the conference with a keynote address on detoxing childhood.

View https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7HLz6eXlTY for more information.

Event bookings will be taken via Eventbrite

Click here to find out more about the conference

This magazine is free to all, please enjoy reading the research papers, and  share the link with your colleagues.

Editor: Janine Ryan

Advertising: A limited number of advertisements for jobs, courses, training or conferences relating to early childhood education can be accepted for future publications. For details contact Simon England by email simon.england@don.ac.uk

Copyright: EYM is published by Doncaster College and University Centre. All rights are reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written permission from the publisher.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in each article are those of the authors and not necessarily those of University Centre Doncaster or the editorial board.​