The Foundation Degree in Children's Development and Learning course enables you to develop the skills to progress in your career working with children, alongside your job.
This course is aimed at early years and education practitioners who are working with children up to the age of 11 and requires you to attend for half a day (afternoon and evening) each week. You'll study through one of our partner colleges (see below).
This vocational award is a work-based course, and your assignments and lessons are all designed to benefit your professional development. 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. College sessions include lectures, as well as tutorials and seminars. The course also incorporates a great deal of group work, which will be an opportunity to share experiences with fellow professionals working in a range of settings.
There is plenty of support available to help you get the most out of your course. You will be given an academic tutor who will have regular one-to-one meetings with you. You'll also nominate someone from within your own workplace, such as a manager or colleague, to become your mentor. Additionally, you'll benefit from small learning groups and access to facilities and support at your college and the University of Reading.
To apply for the course, please visit one of our partner colleges' websites:
- Berkshire College of Agriculture
- Bracknell & Wokingham College, part of Activate Learning
- Newbury College
- Basingstoke College of Technology
- Langley College, a member of the Windsor Forest Colleges Group
- Merrist Wood College, part of Activate Learning
For more information, please visit the Institute of Education website.
The Foundation Degree gave me a sense of personal achievement; improved confidence when watching and responding to children’s play; and improved confidence when working in partnership with others (children, families and colleagues). All of these things shot my self esteem and sense of wellbeing through the roof!