Train for a career as a creative and reflective early years teacher on a course that is offered in partnership with local and regional primary schools and early years settings. You build your understanding of early years' education and all areas of foundation and Key Stage 1 curriculum teaching. You develop your knowledge of teaching and learning in the early years and key policies in early childhood education and care. Key areas include training in line with current National Curriculum and Foundation Stage requirements • providing for children with special educational needs and disabilities • assessment for learning • enhancing the curriculum • current issues in early years education. In the first year, we introduce the Foundation Stage Curriculum and you develop your understanding of how children learn. You are in school throughout the first year and focus on the development of children and the teaching of core subjects. During your second and third years you continue to develop your understanding of the core subjects and consider more complex features of effective teaching and current issues, including a specialism and focused curriculum and assessed block placements. You develop your understanding of issues around inclusion and strategies for promoting inclusive practice and positive behaviour in the classroom. In third year you also have the opportunity to engage in your own area of classroom research, enabling you to develop your expertise and classroom practice in your specialism. **Teaching informed by research** You are trained by staff who are involved in national developments in primary and early years education and involved in current classroom research and are authors of key education textbooks. This means your training is based on the latest research and policy developments in early years and primary education, preparing you effectively for tomorrow’s teaching jobs. **Follow your area of interest** In the second year you also choose to develop an area of interest, such as special educational needs and disabilities, English, mathematics, PE, art, computing, modern foreign languages (French or Spanish) or complete a placement in a different education system. You may be able to study abroad as part of the Erasmus programme. **Placements** Your training takes place in partnership with local and regional children's centres, nurseries and primary schools. We have strong partnerships with Early Years settings and schools and work together to deliver high-quality placements. **Teaching and support** On this course, you have a significant amount of one-to-one support from your personal academic tutor, seminars and lectures, as well as access to a range of e-learning resources. Taught sessions are often practical and include theoretical perspectives and current and recent research.