UndergraduateEarly Childhood Studies

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  • Take up the option to go on a professional placement in year two.
  • Access to our renowned Froebel Archive for Childhood Studies, containing rare books, toys and photographs.
  • Focus your studies on one of five pathways.
  • Roehampton is in the top three universities in London for graduate earnings in education (Longitudinal Education Outcomes, 2018 results, earnings one and five years after graduation).

Summary

Roehampton is internationally renowned for its work in early childhood studies. With a team of highly-regarded tutors, who are all experts in their specialisms, you will learn from some of the best in the field.

This degree will empower you with the knowledge and skills, confidence and resilience to act as an advocate for babies, young children, their families and communities.

You will develop an understanding of policy and practice, and learn to engage in critical inquiry and problem solving around key issues in early childhood.

Looking at the intellectual, emotional, physical, social and cultural experiences of young children, you will learn about promoting understanding and respect for young children and their families.

The course takes a distinctive Froebelian approach to the study of early years, grounded in the following principles:

  • A holistic focus on babies, young children, their families and the communities they are part of, making links with past, present and future
  • The centrality of play and (outdoor) environments for wellbeing and learning
  • Continued development of understanding of professionalism and professional reflection and action, linking theory, research and practice
  • A commitment to recognising and responding to the individual experiences and understandings of children
  • Inclusion and connectedness, and a commitment to social justice in the field of early childhood

In years two and three, you can choose to follow one of the five pathways, or pick modules from each, giving you a diverse knowledge of:

  • Working with under 3s
  • Working with 3-8 year olds
  • Working with children and families
  • Working for children and families
  • Research

You will leave with a broad understanding of early childhood studies, and be well equipped to follow a career in many areas relating to children.

Year one

  • Consider the impact of cultural influences on the lives of babies, toddlers and young children and their development.
  • Research topical issues and concerns in early childhood and consider the concepts of equity and inclusion.
  • Explore the importance of observation in the study of young children and learn fundamental skills needed to carry out early years research.

Year two

  • Analyse the significance of play, imagination and creativity in children's development, and examine the impact of the early childhood pioneers on current perspectives and practice.
  • Undertake a work placement in an early years setting.
  • Consider a variety of curriculum models, children's wellbeing and their understanding of themselves and others.
  • Deepen your understanding of research methods in early childhood settings and start a research proposal for your year three project.

Year three

  • Carry out a substantial research project in an area of your choice and develop expertise in this subject.
  • Spend time learning how to interact with young children so you can engage with their perspectives and consider the influences that society has on them.
  • A strong and effective relationship with the parents of the children you care for is paramount to the welfare of the child. You will learn to maintain a balance of power between the parents and yourself as a professional, as well as address issues such as cultural diversity and support systems.

Here are some of the varied range of modules we currently offer:

Year 1

Contemporary Issues
Researching Social and Cultural Issues
Studying Young Children
Babies and Toddlers
Froebelian Perspectives: Play and Outdoor Learning
Being a Professional in Early Childhood: Inclusive Practice

Optional Modules
Individual Study 1

Year 2

Compulsory Modules
Research Methods
Promoting Health and Welbeing in Early Childhood
Play, Representation and Creativity
History of Early Childhood

Optional Modules

Children and Families
Communication, Language and Literacy
Distinctive Approaches to Early Childhood Curriculum and Pedagogy
Early Childhood Extended Placement
Atypical Learners

Year 3

Compulsory Modules
Professionalism and Advocacy
Dissertation

Optional Modules

Early Childhood Studies Extended Dissertation
Thinking and Understanding
Leadership, Partnership and Multidisciplinary Teamwork
Unequal Childhoods: Global Perspectives
Early Childhood Pedagogy: Wellbeing, Health and Learning
The Social World of Babies and Toddlers
Special and Inclusive Education
Individual Study 6

Compulsory and required modules
Compulsory and required modules may change when we review and update courses. The list above shows the modules students studied this academic year.

Optional modules
Optional modules may vary from year to year depending on the number of students interested in taking up the subject.

 

Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

You will be well placed to secure a variety of roles, such as working as an education professional in primary and nursery care (teaching, administration or management) or a special needs professional in schools, children centres and the community. You could work for a children's charity undertaking policy and research, in community support, welfare or housing, or for an NGO or central or local government department.

Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. They will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers. You’ll also have opportunities to work with our partners across London and beyond, and to attend a Roehampton jobs fair where you can find out about graduate opportunities and meet employers.

Life at Roehampton

At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.

We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.

We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.

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