Early Years and Healthcare Play

Early Years: A work-based Foundation Degree, considered a full time course with part time attendance.

Healthcare Play Specialism: A work-based part-time course. The structure and timings of our courses are designed for those with busy working and family lives.

Our staff are experienced practitioners, not only in the field of early years but in the multi-disciplinary areas of health and social services. They are passionate about providing higher education pathways which combines academic study with work-based learning for those who would like to remain in work whilst studying. The structure and timings of our courses are designed for those with busy working and family lives to develop essential skills for planning your studies, academic writing, engagement with research and literature, critical reflection and analysis of your practice.

Julie McLarnon

Julie’s social work background, direct work with young children and experience as a Government advisor, independent consultant and author has equipped her with the knowledge and competence to teach to a very high standard. Julie is an experienced and well qualified HE Lecturer across a broad range of subjects. She is passionate about good quality, academic learning & practice development and dedicated to supporting the students she teaches so that they fulfil their potential.

Norma Jun-Tai

Norma is a registered Health Play Specialist and experienced HE lecturer with an MA in Education. She represents the profession of Health Play Specialists on a national level and endeavours to share her professional experiences with the students she has the pleasure of teaching.

About the Courses

Early Years....

The Kingston University Foundation Degree in Early Years is a professionally recognised two-year degree that is highly valued by employers. It is delivered here at NESCOT on behalf of Kingston University. The Early Years Foundation degree is specifically designed for Early Years practitioners who have an appropriate Level 3 qualification and that are currently working, or volunteering, 16 hours per week within the Early Years Foundation Stage.

What will I study?

This course will equip you with higher level skills and a sound knowledge of areas relevant to your work including local and national statutory frameworks, theories of learning, collaborative working with agencies and families, educational systems and a deeper understanding of child development, observation and assessment. You will reflect upon your practice of working with babies and children from birth to five years with opportunities to explore and develop an in-depth understanding of safeguarding, child protection, ethics and diversity. Assessment is conducted through written assignments and practical presentations focusing on current working practice.

Heathcare Play Specialism....

Nescot is pleased to work with the University of West London in delivering the Foundation Degree in Healthcare Play Specialism. We welcome applications from individuals who hold a (minimum) level 3 qualification in the field of children and young people and have been qualified and practicing for two years or more. This two year, part time course is designed for individuals wishing to study for a career as a registered Health Play Specialist. It supports the development of professional competencies in the field of therapeutic play for children and young people in hospital and community healthcare settings. Successful completion of the programme leads to registration with the Healthcare Play Specialist Education Trust (HPSET). All students will attend a healthcare placement under the mentorship of a registered Health Play Specialist. Students will be required to undertake 200 hours of hospital placement in Year One and Year Two of the course.

What will I study?

This course is delivered one day a week at Nescot and one placement day in a healthcare setting. During Year One you will build on, and apply, previous academic studies in relation to: Using Evidence in Health & Social Care; SEARCH for Health; Child Development; Policy & Practice; Play & Recreation; Reflective Skills & Practice Assessment. In Year Two you will study Leadership & Management; Health in Children & Young People; The Child, Family & Society; Enhancing Resilience in Children & Young People; Investigating Resources & Practice Assessment.

50% assessment is conducted in college through written assignments and practical presentations.

50% assessment is carried out by the mentor within the health setting and recorded in the student’s Practice Assessment Handbook.

Student Feedback:

"I just wanted to let you know how grateful I am to have had you both as teachers for my first two years. Being taught to such a very high standard and learning alongside other practitioners from different settings has increased my understanding of Early Years so much. Keep being fab at what you do!"

Tasha 2018

"At Nescot I feel that I am valued as a Higher Education student. I feel that I have flourished and I did not have to move miles away, for the ‘university experience."

Kathryn 2018



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