Whilst studying the Foundation Degree in Early Childhood you will be inspired by the teaching staff whom have a diverse knowledge, expertise and research background within the sector.

The tremendous role in working with children and families can be enhanced through studying the  Foundation Degree in Early Childhood. Within an enriched learning environment, you will be encouraged to network with peers as you immerse yourself in academic study.  Students are prompted to cultivate their unique skills and qualities through active learning and discussion. Furthermore, we encourage you to engage with theoretical perspectives making reference to your practice and unique professional experience. Whilst studying the Foundation Degree in Early Childhood you will be inspired by the teaching staff whom have a diverse knowledge, expertise and research background within the sector. We value the contributions of students during discussion and prompt you to deeper reflection and critical thinking as you study each module.

Emma Allen is currently in her second year of study at NWSLC and comments that ‘’Since starting my foundation degree I have found it to be beneficial not only for my personal development but also when implementing new strategies in practice. I have been able to use and recognise so much of what we talk about in our lectures when back within the setting, and it has truly opened my eyes. I find the tutors at both NWSLC and Warwick to be so helpful and have a true wealth of knowledge which has made stepping back in to education again an easier transition than I first expected. I’m glad I decided on NWSLC as it fits perfectly with my work and home life, it also means accessing library resources a lot easier as its close to home. I would highly recommend this course to anyone looking to develop their personal and professional development.

Through studying varied modules that address current and contemporary themes, passion and enthusiasm for the sector is ignited. There are endless opportunities within the scope of the course to undertake wider reading and research, these are enriched by subject specialist staff.  Students flourish and self- confidence develops as students collaborate and participate in effective learning amongst staff and their peers on the course programme. As Musgrave et al, (2017) states learning as a community, as a whole group, encourages transformative learning which challenges your thinking and leads to growth and development. Wenger (1998) recognises within social learning theory becoming a community of practice which can be related to being a higher education student as interest in the sector is shared and experiences In working with children and families may be similar. The Foundation Degree Early Childhood Is a pathway to career progression, supporting achievement of your ambitions, as well as expanding subject knowledge.  As Prowle and Hodgkins, (2020) explore the importance of being a developing practitioner throughout their career, ‘it ensures we remain competent in our profession and keeps up to date with our practice which in the children and families sector is ever changing’’. Individual aspirations that prompt you to enrol and lead to graduation will be personal to you. Within the capacity of my role It is a privilege to contribute to your academic and professional journey.

References

Musgrave, J. Savin-Baden, M. and Stobbs, N. (2017). Studying for your early years degree : Skills and knowledge for becoming an effective early years practitioner. St Albans: Critical Publishing ltd.

Prowle, A. Hodgkins, A. (2020). Making a difference with children and families: Re-imagining the role of the practitioner. London: Red Globe Press.

This blog was written by Selena Hall, Foundation Degree Early Childhood Programme Manager and Lecturer at our partner college, North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College.

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