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.
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.
- Early Childhood Studies: Principles and Practice, by Jane Johnston, Lindy Nahmad-Williams, Ruby Oates, Val Wood. 2018. London, Routledge
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:
- Early Education (2021) Birth to five matters Non-statutory guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage. London: Early Education.
- Henry-Allain, L. & Lloyd-Rose, M. (2021) The tiney guide to becoming an inclusive, anti-racist early educator. London: Tiney.
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
- 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
- Creativity in the Early Years
- Opinions from an active practitioner
- Opinions from an outdoor play specialist
- The Guardian Society
- Children and Young People now
Things to do over summer
In order for you to start your journey into becoming a professional, reflective Early Years Practitioner, we have created an activity that we feel will help you to make a positive start to the programme and we would like you to complete it before starting your programme.
Please keep reflection in a portfolio of pre-course work and bring it with you to Induction week. We will start using it in your first sessions, where they will be opportunities for discussion with your peers and personal tutor.
Your activity – Reflection
There are two purposes to this reflection:
- To encourage you to reflect on your prior skills, knowledge, strengths and areas for development as an Early Years professional
- To promote a better level of awareness of personal needs between you and your Personal Tutor
We would like you to write a reflective statement of approximately 500 words answering the following two questions:
- What skills do I have prior to commencing the programme that are likely to impact on my studies?
- What are my main strengths that I can offer in my role as an Early Years professional?
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.