This programme is designed to deepen your understanding of issues related to childhood and services for children and their families. Study includes childcare policy at home and abroad; equality; inclusion; health and well-being; language; communication; and early literacy skills. You will enhance your appreciation of the values underpinning children’s services, the importance of working partnerships with professionals from differing disciplines and address childcare-related management issues. Guest speakers also form part of the programme to further deepen your understanding of the subject. Recent speakers include Professor Li Li of Kunming University to discuss international perspectives of early years provision in China and Sue Robson of Roehampton University who addressed creativity in the early years. Year 2 Studies include health and well-being, social justice and equality, multiple intelligences and self-reflection skills. Leadership and teamwork skills are developed in a variety of childcare settings. During a three-week block of work-based learning (in this year or Year 3), language, communication and early literacy skills will be studied. Year 3 Skills management and leadership abilities are developed. Other countries’ policies and practices of childcare are studied as well as the wider Scottish children’s workforce. You will learn qualitative research methods and undertake a research project. A three-week block of work-based learning is offered. Year 4 You will study towards your Honours degree and develop a specialism, deepening your knowledge of the core themes of research, practice, and inter-professional/disciplinary working, with a continuing focus on inclusion and diversity, working with families and children’s play, learning and development.