Are you passionate about the quality of education and care children receive? Do you want to make a difference to children's lives? Do you believe in developing every child's potential? Are you looking for an alternative route into teaching, or with further study a route to work with children and families?
If you answered a firm 'yes' to one of these questions, then our HND will enable you to acquire knowledge, skills and qualities to progress in a range of early years settings, or the final year of an Honours degree.
We organise your Professional Practice (work experience) as it is a core part of the course and
integral to the learning experience. We have an extensive database of approved work placements
covering the whole of Worcestershire, and some neighbouring counties; this means we can usually place you near your home for the 800 hours of planned work experience. Professional Practice will offer you a wide range of work placement in nurseries, playgroups, preschools, reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes. In the second year there will also be opportunities to ‘shadow’ nursery managers, professionals in a Children’s Centre or support staff in a children’s hospice. Our staff have extensive experience in education and childcare and can assist you to diagnose your career
path in the early years or family welfare sector.
We have a strong emphasis on applying theory directly to practice in relation to working with children in
classrooms and early years settings. We also emphasise ‘reflective practice’ so that you develop a professional approach to your professional development.
ADDITIONAL COSTS INCLUDE:
DBS £44 subject to change
DBS Updating Service £13 subject to change
Uniform £10 per item (Polo Shirt/Sweatshirt)
You will need 56 UCAS points, GCSE Grade C or above in English and maths as well as an appropriate Level 3 qualification relevant to Early Years provision and experience of working with children. You will also need an up to date DBS check and you will be invited to attend an interview. Mature applicants may be considered on prior experience and written work.
How will I be assessed?
You will complete a range of coursework, including practical tasks at work placement, presentations, essays, case studies, portfolios and work-based learning. Direct observations in the workplace by an assessor.
What can I do next
You can convert the HND qualification (Level 5) to a degree by progressing on to the third year of a degree (Level 6) programme at a university. After gaining Level 6, you can then apply for teacher training on a one-year PGCE course. An alternative university course is the Early Years teachers Status, Level 6.
NB: Both the PGCE and EYTS courses require GCSE maths and English at C grade.
You will have a strong basis for a range of careers in the early years sector as an Advanced Practitioner in Early Years; Nursery Management; Child and Family Support Services; Primary Teaching (see above section).
––Unit 1 Professional Development through Reflective Practice
This unit will develop understanding and skills regarding effective and reflective early years practice. You will analyse the effectiveness of different models of reflective practice in maintaining professional standards. It also supports the progress of your own personal and professional development.
You will develop an achievable, yet challenging, professional development plan, implement aspects of the plan and assess it effectiveness.
––Unit 2 Communication, Values and Leadership for Advanced Early Years Practitioners
This unit will support you in developing and demonstrating advanced early years practitioner communication, values and leadership skills in a range of situations in early years settings. You will understand the importance of communication and early years principles and values, and will demonstrate the ability to communicate in a wide range of contexts and situations involving children and adults in early years settings.
––Unit 3 Theories of Development and Progress – Birth to Seven Years, 11 months
This unit will help you to develop an understanding of the theories underpinning children’s development and progress from birth to seven years, 11 months, and their impact on the practical skills required in advanced practice. You will consider the effectiveness of theory in informing a
child’s ongoing development, through the analysis of theory and an understanding of patterns of typical and atypical development.
––Unit 4 Early Years Curriculum, Play and Learning
The unit will provide you with an understanding of the theories and approaches to play for delivering the requirements of the early years curriculum, and to develop the skills to plan and provide challenging and purposeful play opportunities. You will consider how play and learning activities can support and promote early literacy and mathematical skills. You will explore theories and philosophical
approaches to play and learning in terms of their impact on early years practice.
––Unit 7 Issues Affecting Children’s Behaviour
This unit will allow you to gain an understanding of the complexities of children’s behaviour, and to develop the skills to promote positive behavior and support children with diverse needs. You will study psychological theories that help to explain how children’s behaviour develops. You will also
consider some of the important influences on that development, including the impact of a child’s intellectual ability on the development of behaviour.
––Unit 8 Safeguarding, Children’s Welfare and Child Protection
This unit will provide you with an understanding of the principles, policies and procedures for safeguarding children in the early years sector, and develop the skills to promote the welfare of children. You will understand the different types of harm and understand factors that can put children at risk. You will explore legislation and policies that are in place as well as how professionals work within the guidelines and professional standards to promote the welfare of the child.
––Unit 10 Supporting Quality Improvement in Early Years Settings
This unit will provide you with an understanding of the importance of high quality provision in the early years sector for young children and their families, and to develop the skills to achieve this. This unit will challenge your understanding of what is meant by ‘quality’ and ‘quality improvement’, exploring why this is an important and ongoing process for those involved in early years settings.