Early Years Education

The Department of Early Years Education, has a commitment to develop Early Childhood Education and Care practitioners within a wide range of settings. The department offers a variety of programmes; some of which support and develop existing early years education professionals, and others which nurture future new generations of those wanting to work with young children within a professional context.

Programmes have been designed to offer students strong foundations for lifelong learning, build confidence as creative and innovative thinkers, and develop resourceful and compassionate practitioners who are capable of working in a complex and rapidly changing environment. This in turn helps raise the status and quality of the early years education and care workforce.

The department is proud to work in partnership with employers and early years settings/schools across the region, to ensure high quality teaching and learning experiences for students and provide opportunities to engage in rich, reflective practice. Within this dynamic student-focused learning environment those on our programmes develop as creative and forward thinking practitioners who are able to offer valuable learning experiences, inextricably linked to the needs and interests of young children.

There are two main strands to the current Early Years Education portfolio; Initial Teacher Training (ITT) and Undergraduate Early Years Education Programmes.

Please visit the courses page for more information.

Programme Handbooks

Professional Practice Paperwork

Virtual Professional Practice Paperwork

Curriculum Coverage Documents

Training For Mentors

Please see scheduled dates below for delivery of Mentor Training for Early Years Education.

  • Undergraduate Early Years Consolidation (Year 3):
      • The 28th of January at 4:00pm
  • Postgraduate Early Years Consolidation:
      • The 24th of February at 4:00pm
  • Undergraduate Early Years Developmental:
      • Due to the staggered start dates of this cohort, two sessions will be hosted on the 4th of March at 4:00pm and the 6th of May at 4:00pm.
  • Undergraduate Early Years Initial (Year 1):
      • The 11th of March at 4:00pm

If you are expecting a trainee from any of the cohorts listed above, you will receive a personalised invitation prior to the session containing a web link to access the training.

If you wish to request bespoke mentor training due to being unable to attend any of the scheduled sessions, please contact educationpartnership@edgehill.ac.uk with the subject line ‘Mentor Training’ and our team will be able to direct you to one of our Partnership Quality Officers.

Continuing Professional Development

View our dedicated webpage outlining our Continuing Professional Development Sessions

Accreditation for Mentors: PGCert Mentoring & Coaching

The Postgraduate Certificate in Mentoring and Coaching has been developed to address the needs of teachers and other professionals working in a range of educational contexts. It provides a professional route in mentoring and coaching for those who hold, or are seeking to hold, specialist roles in schools and colleges and other educational settings.
As well as enhancing your mentoring and coaching practice, the programme will also support you in developing skills in critical reflection in relation to established and contemporary theories and models of mentoring and coaching. You will explore and experience mutual ways of working through investigating and critiquing contemporary policy, developing a strong academic underpinning to your work. This will enable you to adapt your studies to focus on areas of professional and/or personal interest.
The programme is delivered as blended learning with Saturday conference sessions held at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk campus. Conference days can also be held in central Manchester at St James’ campus, or by arrangement with partner institutions.
For further information please contact the Professional Learning Administration Team on 01695 657 207 or email professionallearning@edgehill.ac.uk
Or you can attend an online open event.
Alternatively you may be ready to apply: PGCERT Mentoring and Coaching.

Additional Information

For any queries relating to placement information, contact the Partnership Development team on educationpartnership@edgehill.ac.uk and they will direct your query to the relevant colleague.

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