Are you fascinated by how children learn and develop in their early years? Do you want to make a difference to their development, learning and wellbeing, and support them to have the best start in life? Learning from research-active lecturers with extensive experience in the children’s workforce, you’ll follow a curriculum that reflects the statutory framework for the early years foundation stage. You’ll develop an excellent understanding of the stages children may go through as they progress through their early years, exploring what helps them to be ready for their future. We’ll give you the opportunity to explore a wide range of issues relating to young children, from health and wellbeing, to safeguarding, learning and development. You’ll explore how play is a vital component for young children’s learning and holistic development. You’ll examine the difficulties and problems children may face, from child protection issues to disability and specific needs. And we’ll teach you how to ensure that all children receive the right support and protection, so that they have the best possible chances in life to reach their full potential. Putting theory into practice, you’ll complete two professional work placements to gain the practical experience that employers look for. By the time you graduate, you’ll have been able to develop the knowledge and experience that will prepare you to work to the highest standards in a variety of settings. **Graduate opportunities** You’ll be prepared for a wide range of national and international prospects within the children’s workforce, including nurseries, schools, hospitals, family support services, medical centres, museums and leisure facilities. You could also consider progressing to postgraduate study. **Placement opportunities** We are one of only a few UK universities to build professional work placements into every degree. You’ll complete two professional work placements, which will give you the chance to graduate with up to three months’ professional work experience without having to take a sandwich year out. You’ll complete a five-week professional work placement in your first year and a six-week professional work placement in your second year. Our students have completed their placements at schools, nurseries, children’s centres, family welfare support groups, health clinics, the police, pupil referral units and hospitals. You could complete your placement in Leeds, anywhere in the UK, or even abroad.