BA (Hons) Primary Early Years Education with QTS course preparation
To help you feel prepared for your university studies, we’ve gathered together a range of course related activities including suggested reading, useful websites and some great things to do right now. Open the links below to find out more:
Your Launchpad sessions
The Faculty of Education have organised a number of virtual Launchpad sessions. Although not all of these sessions will be relevant to your specific degree, you may find a number of these sessions useful.Access the Launchpad sessions
You’ll be given lots of information about which textbooks to read and introduced to the University Library, as well as the many ebooks we have for you to access when you begin your studies in September.
However, you might like to undertake some independent study of some of the key texts on the course. We don’t recommend rushing out to buy texts before you arrive but if you can pick some up second hand, borrow from a library or access online, we suggest the following:
- Allen, S.F., Whalley, M.E., Lee, M, and Scollan, A. (2020) Developing professional practice in the early years. London OUP.
- Atherton F. and Nutbrown C. (2013) Understanding Schemas and Young Children. London: Sage.
- Bruce, T. and Louis, S. (2014) Observing Young Children – London: Sage.
- Bottrill, G. (2018) Can I go and Play Now?: Re-thinking the Early Years. London: Sage.
- Bruce, T. (2015) Early Childhood Education 5th Edition. London: Sage.
- Department for Education (2021) Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage. Setting the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to five. Department for Education.
- Birth to 5 Matters. (2021) London: Early education.
- Dukes, C. Smith, M. (2014) Provision and Progress for Two Year Olds. London: Sage.
- Elfer, P. Goldschmeid, E. Selleck, D. (2012) Key Persons in the Early Years. Building Relationships for Quality Provision in Early Years Settings. London: Routledge.
- Ephgrave, A. (2018) Planning in the Moment with Young Children: A practical guide for early years practitioners and parents. Oxon: Routledge.
- Hodkinson, A. (2019) Key Issues in Special Educational Needs, Disability and Inclusion (Education Studies: Key Issues). London: Sage
- Kanyal, M. (2014) Children’s Rights 0 -8. Promoting Participation in Education and Care. London: Routledge.
- MacBlain, S. (2014) How Children Learn. London: Sage.
- MacBlain, S. (2022) Learning Theories for Early Years Practice. Londond: Sage.
- Nutbrown, C. and Clough, P. (2014) Early Childhood Education. History, Philosophy and Experience. Second Edition. London: Sage.
- Robinson, M. (2014) The Feeling Child. Laying the Foundations of Confidence and Resilience. Abingdon: Routledge.
- Rodd, J. (2015) Leading Change in Early Years – Open University Press
- Simmons, N. and Morris, G. (2017) Planning for Learning in Early Years (2nd Ed): A Practical Approach to Development Matters. Morris and Simmons Education.
- Siraj, I. and Hallet, E. (2013). Effective and Caring Leadership in the Early Years. Sage.
- Thornton, L. Bruton, P. (2014) Bringing the Reggio Approach to Your Early Years Practice. Third Edition. London: Routledge.
- Tucker, K. (2014) Mathematics Through Play in the Early Years. London: Sage.
Keeping up to date with the latest developments in the Education world is a great way to prepare for your course. Here are some websites that you will be useful, you should also try and find some good websites of your own:
- Edge Hill Early Years Blog
- The Times Educational Supplement
- Ofsted website – click on Ofsted publications to read reports online e.g. reviews of National Literacy Strategies (NLS) and National Numeracy Strategies (NNS) practices.
- Department for Education portal for Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
- The communication trust – a guide for developing communication skills and the role of a practitioner
- Department for Education
- National Curriculum
- Creativity in the Early Years
- Opinions from an active practitioner
- Opinions from an outdoor play specialist
Things to do over summer
In order for you to start your journey into becoming a professional, reflective Early Years Practitioner, we’ve created three activities that we feel will help you to make a positive start to the programme. We ask that you complete them before starting your programme.
Please keep your responses and notes together in a portfolio of pre-course work that is saved on a pen drive. They will be used in your first sessions, where they will be discussed with your peers and personal tutor.
There are two purposes to this reflection:
- To encourage you to reflect on your prior skills, knowledge, strengths and areas for development as a teacher in training
- To promote a better level of awareness of personal needs between you and your Personal Tutor/Visiting Tutor
Before you start this activity you need to:
The purpose of this activity is to help you to prepare for module EYE1007, Early Years Specialism and your first piece of academic work.
Using the books list in the ‘Suggested Reading’ section above or other references if you wish:
- Explore the web and find two clips on young children playing
- Make a record of the links to the videos
- Write a description of what the children are doing
- Reflect on this description and make notes about how and what children are learning – to do this you might want to refer to Birth to 5 Matters
Using Birth to 5 Matters reflect on your knowledge in each of the areas of learning.
- What do you know about teaching these areas of learning?
- Do you understand the content?
- What would you like to find out more about in relation to each of the areas of learning?
This information can be recorded in any way you wish. You’ll bring this to the first session on studentship.
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Additional ways to prepare
Preparing to start
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