UndergraduateEarly Childhood Studies

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Undergraduate Open Day
Saturday 17 November 2018
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  • Roehampton is in the top 3 universities in London for graduate earnings in Education (Longitudinal Education Outcomes, 2018 results, earnings one and five years after graduation).
  • You will have the option to undertake a professional placement in your second year.
  • Access to our renowned Froebel Archive for Childhood Studies, containing rare books, toys and photographs.
  • The chance to focus you studies on one of five pathways.


Roehampton is internationally renowned for its work in Early Childhood Studies. With a team of highly-regarded tutors who are experts in their specialism, you will learn from some of the best in the field.

This programme 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.

For your second and third year you can choose to follow one of the five pathways below, or select modules from each, giving you a diverse knowledge of early childhood:

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

The programme takes a distinctive Froebelian approach to the study of early years, and it is grounded in these principles: 

  • a holistic focus on babies, young children, their families and the communities they are a 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, a commitment to social justice in the field of early childhood

This course will provide you with a sound understanding in early childhood studies and equip you to follow a career in a wide range of areas relating to children.


During your first year of study, you consider the impact of cultural influences on the lives of babies, toddlers and young children and their development. You will research topical issues and concerns in early childhood and consider the concepts of equity and inclusion. You will explore the importance of observation in the study of young children and learn fundamental skills needed to carry out early years research.

In the second year, you will 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. You will have an opportunity to undertake a work placement in an early years setting plus you will consider a variety of curriculum models, children's wellbeing and their understanding of themselves and others. Whilst deepening your understanding of research methods in early childhood settings, you will start a research proposal for your third year project.

In your final year, you will carry out a substantial research project in an area of your choice and develop expertise in this subject. You will also spend time learning about how to interact with young children so that 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 how to maintain a balance of power between the parents and yourself as a professional, as well as how to address issues such as cultural diversity and support systems.

Graduates who successfully complete the programme secure a variety of roles, such as education professionals in primary and nursery care (teaching, administration and management), special needs professionals working in schools, children centres and in the community, children's charity work undertaking policy and research, community support, welfare and housing professionals, working for NGOs and for central and local government departments.

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.