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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.


Suggested reading

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.

Useful websites

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:


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.

Activity one – Reflection Audit

Activity two – Reflection on children’s learning

Activity three – Subject and curriculum knowledge


Meet your programme lead


Additional ways to prepare

Join our virtual session: Preparing to start with Edge Hill, Wednesday 10 August, 4pm – 5pm.

This session examines how to make a successful transition to University study, from planning your results day, accommodation and commuting tips, extra support available to you as a prospective student before you start in September and what to expect as well as what to get involved in during your first week.

Use this link to join the session

University can be one of the most exciting and amazing experiences, and can offer the chance to learn, meet new people, gain independence and find out more about who you are.

We want to make sure you get the most out of your university experience! The following information provides an insight into what to expect when coming to university along with some good advice on how to navigate some of the potential challenges you may face.

Starting preparing yourself