The Early Childhood Studies degree will develop your skills and knowledge required for a range of careers working with children, their families and the services that support them. The course will draw on a range of disciplines such as history, psychology, education, sociology, welfare and social policy. The course is suitable for people new to this area or experienced staff searching for career development. The course takes account of the ecology of children’s lives in studying the complexities of family life and of children’s development from conception onwards and the significance of childhood across cultures and societies. Work experience placements are an integral part of the course and can be negotiated in a variety of settings such as schools, nurseries, community care centres, hospitals, social services, libraries, children’s centres, and other relevant settings. The course will consider theory in relation to the implications for practice and enable you to evaluate and develop appropriate pedagogical approaches to work with children and their families and to consider ethical principles and high quality practice. National Student Survey 91% Student Satisfaction for BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies (2016) -This course involves placements at every level of study. -The teaching team are from a range of professional backgrounds including education, local authorities, social work, adult education and youth work and are all actively involved in research and writing. -This course is taught full time and part time -Members of the Early Childhood Studies team are all active researchers in an area of childhood studies. For example, the experience of part time students, teachers perspectives in primary education of government agendas and comparative education and the role of the adult with pre-school settings. -Student support is a priority with systems of pastoral and academic support provided from the start by personal and module tutors. -This is a unique course which offers both academic rigour and professional relevance.