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Early Years

Explore how children develop, learn and think

Have you always wanted to work with children? Or perhaps you want to develop your skills as an early years practitioner and move into a management position. Our university level early years courses are taught by experienced professionals, giving you the skills and knowledge to thrive in this rewarding sector.

The courses are structured to provide an inter-agency focus based on the outcomes of integrated methods and insights of the various disciplines that contribute to our understanding of childhood.

It will support practitioners and professionals who are working in a variety of early years’ settings with families, playgroups, children's centres, social care, schools and nurseries.

Meet your lecturer

Becky Ovenden,
Programme Lead, Early Years,

Becky’s interest in children’s learning and development began during a two-year voluntary position in a local primary school. Becky joined the College in 2015, initially teaching Level 2 and Level 3 students before joining the university-level programme. Prior to joining us, she gained a vast amount of experience within a number of very different early years settings over an eight-year period.

Her comprehensive and varied experience has enabled Becky to deepen and apply her own professional and pedagogical knowledge. Fully understanding the lasting impacts of a child’s early experiences and the effects they can have into adulthood, Becky is passionate about helping children achieve the very best outcomes they are able to and believes Higher Education teaching can make a big difference in allowing children to attain those outcomes. Read more...

What our students say

The course has made me a more reflective practitioner and a critical learner. The tutors are really supportive and helpful, and had belief in my abilities which has helped me exponentially.

Rory Sherwood

Foundation Degree in Early Years

It’s not just sitting down and listening on this degree: you are asked to take part in activities that the children will one day learn from, share your own practice and discuss what you have learnt.


Foundation Degree in Early Years

Although I am only in my first year of the course, I am already beginning to develop as an effective practitioner, particularly through the Reflective Practice module.


Foundation Degree in Early Years

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