Foundation Degree 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. The programme will support students to develop intellectual and sector skills, and importantly link theory to practice. 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. Graduates of the Foundation Degree Children’s Learning and Development are advocates for babies, toddlers and young children and champion their rights. The Foundation Degree enables students to build on experience as an early year’s practitioner and develop new strategies for supporting children and working alongside colleagues and parents. Career progression is varied and may include:
- Senior/Lead Nursery Practitioner
- Pre-School Leader
- Play Leader
- Room Leader/Section Leader
- Deputy Manager
- Setting Manager
Level 4 Modules: Children’s Rights and Participation (20 credits) Theories of Child Development (20 credits) Safeguarding (20 credits) Playful Pedagogies (20 credits) Adverse Childhood Experiences (20 credits) Critical Creative Thinkers (20 credits) Level 5 Modules: SEND (20 credits) Contemporary Approaches to Leadership (20 credits) Collaborative Approaches to Working (20 credits) Emergent Literacy (20 credits) Maths in Early Years (20 credits) Research (20 credits) The programme will require approximately 12 hours a week of private study to access materials and engage in wider reading and research. Occasional changes to modules and course content may take place. Students will be notified when applicable.
Students will study full time or part time through face to face (on-campus) or online flexible learning via our virtual learning environment (VLE), CANVAS. Regardless of the mode of delivery students will be supported through: Seminars - Seminars will allow for focussed discussion in small groups which encourages participation, fosters active debate, and allows participants to learn from the different opinions and the experiences of others. Seminars develop transferrable skills in active listening, negotiation and conflict resolution, self-expression and general oral communication. Collaborative Work - In-class activities or online discussion forums are an important feature of many seminars and workshops. This meets the requirements of working in the sector; employers stress collaborative and team-working abilities as desired graduate attributes. Collaboration also provides a valuable opportunity to engage in shared learning. Initially supported and guided study will be the approach adopted but students will be required to develop independence and self-direct their study as they progress through the programme. Workshops - Workshops take place in small groups or discussion forums but are more practically focussed than seminars. Workshops will also be arranged to support students’ developing research and IT skills. Virtual Learning Environment - Extensive use will be made of the institutional VLE. Beyond being a repository of material, the CANVAS provides a student lead experience which supports all learning and teaching activities mentioned. Students are encouraged to construct their own community of practice with the support of the teaching staff. The VLE allows for connectively and flexible study opportunities for student engagement. Group tutorials - Students will be offered group and individual tutorials to provide one to one student support either face to face or via the VLE. This is a useful way for students to access support for their studies and assessments and allows students to discuss the application of their knowledge to practice. The tutorials are available at flexible times of the week to support with work and other commitments. Assessment Approach A range of assessment methods underpin the development of student transferable skills and make a positive contribution to the students’ learning experience. Assessment is both formative and summative. The diverse assessment strategies meet the varied needs of students and include: Academic Essays Presentations eBooks Reports linked to practice Posters/leaflets
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