The **Early Years Foundation Degree** is a programme designed for those practitioners, or those who intend to work with, young children in public, private, voluntary and independent childcare and education settings. It provides access to a higher level qualification and career development for people working as childminders or in group settings such as a nursery, kindergarten, preschool, community crèche environment or children’s centres. This course is for any practitioner, working with young children in a public, private, third or independent sector setting who has a commitment to the aims of the course. It has been designed for those with relevant experience or working in the sector, as well as for those seeking progression routes into management positions in early years settings. The **Early Years Foundation Degree** will develop your professional skills, knowledge and understanding within the field of early childhood, preparing you for developing your skills in a management position in an early years setting. You will develop a critical understanding of the key policies and practices relating to the care and education of children. You can expect to mix with students from a variety of professional backgrounds, engage in stimulating discussions and debates, and experience a research informed approach to early childhood education and care in both theoretical and applied contexts. This will enable you to gain an understanding of integrated multi-agency working and improve the efficiency of the organisation you work in or provide you with valuable transferable skills. Providing access to a higher level qualification, this course was developed in consultation with a range of practitioners and experts so you can be confident that the curriculum will provide you with the expertise, understanding and skills necessary to work at senior practitioner level.