**Why study this course?** The Education: Early Years and Primary sector foundation degree builds on your experience of working in an education setting by engaging with academic theory that includes psychology, sociology and education. As part of the course you'll learn new skills and develop your knowledge of working in the primary education and early years sectors with 3 to 11-year- olds. The course will increase your understanding of teaching techniques and will develop a well-balanced view on the inequalities faced by children in education in order to increase the impact of learning and teaching in schools and early years settings. The course includes on-the- job training supported by a mentor at work, which will also enable you to add value to your workplace by putting what you learn on the course into practice, as well as ensuring you will be well equipped for further career progression. **More about this course** This foundation degree in learning and development focuses on working with 3 to 11-year-olds and is ideal if you're a practitioner supporting teaching and learning in a primary school classroom or early years education setting and want to progress in your career. We’ll build on your previous primary and early years education experience by combining both theoretical and work-based learning. This will increase your understanding of the complexities underpinning teaching techniques and the experience of work with children in education. The new perspectives you’ll develop include a well-balanced view on the inequalities faced by children in education and how you can increase the effectiveness of your teaching and a child’s learning in school. The course promotes a view of education as a holistic experience in which teaching and learning are inextricably linked to feelings and thinking. The course team will draw on theoretical perspectives including education, wellbeing, psychology, sociology and social policy, while specific topics covered will include political and pedagogical curriculum approaches, differentiation and inclusion, the role and value of reflection in scaffolding children’s learning and development. The Education: Early Years and Primary Sector FdA has been developed to meet the needs of qualified education practitioners working across a diverse range of education sectors, including primary, early years and health care settings. It includes on-the- job training and support from a mentor at work to enable you to be better placed to contribute to the successful development of primary school or early years learning environments as well as your own personal professional progression. Throughout the course, you’ll critically reflect on your everyday practice, helping to develop your skills to become an informed practitioner, manager, teacher of childhood teaching and learning environments.