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Welcome to our Early Years Education Department within the Faculty of Education. We offer a variety of programmes some of which support and develop Early Years Education professionals and others which nurture future new generations of those wanting to work with young children within a professional context.

There are two main strands to the current early years education portfolio. Initial Teacher Training (ITT) and undergraduate early years education programmes.

This portfolio offers flexibility and choice for participants to either train to teach in early years education and gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or to develop a graduate profile for the Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) workforce.

The early years education overarching vision is to raise the status and quality of the early years workforce (ECEC workforce) and to work in partnership with employers and early years settings/schools across England, to ensure high quality teaching and learning, reflective practice, leadership and research is at the heart of our early years training and professional development programmes.

This vision is based on our aspiration to lead early years research, learning and teaching on both national and international levels through providing a dynamic student-focused learning environment, offering our students (both undergraduate and postgraduate) high quality learning experiences that are inextricably linked to the needs and interests of young children, who are at the heart of our early years provision. We aim to provide an outstanding, sustainable and inclusive learning environment through continuous enhancement of our provision by responding to identified learners’ needs, developments in the fields of research, wider community interests, including those of employers, while ensuring a thoughtful, process of reflection and evaluation.

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