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FD in Early Years Pedagogy
(0-8 years)

Course information

Course Summary

This exciting course has been created by highly-experienced lecturers in response to early years educators and primary school teachers who recognise the need to bring more playful and fresher, developmentally-appropriate approaches to the teaching and learning of young children.

Nescot is approved by The Open University as an appropriate organisation to offer higher education programmes leading to Open University validated awards.

Course Code:N4663
Study Type:Full Time
Academic Level:Level 5
Awarded by:Open University
Course Length

Attendance in College is on Thursdays, 3.30pm – 8.00pm. 30 weeks per year for 2 years.
(The course is classified as 'full-time' due to the work-based aspect and that all the assignments are practice-focused.)

Start date: 8 September 2022

Course Detail

Our Early Years Foundation Degree received a student satisfaction score of 100% in the 2020-21 National Student Survey (full details of Nescot results here)

Watch our course leader's recent webinar here

This course is designed for people currently working in Early Years and Key Stage 1 who work in an appropriate setting with children aged between 0 – 8 years (either paid or voluntary) for at least 16 hours per week.

This exciting course has been created by highly experienced lecturers in response to early years educators and primary school teachers who recognise the need to bring a more playful and fresher developmentally appropriate approaches to the teaching and learning of young children. It is for people who wish to bring graduate leadership to settings to support the development of playful pedagogy for transformational learning with young children.

You could be working in the private or voluntary sector, or in a school. The course is suitable for a range of roles within day care, play groups, before and after school clubs, primary schools, children’s centres, family support services, special education needs education, as a nanny or childminder or in early years advisory services.

This is a two-year higher education degree course that is run in collaboration with the Open University. The course enables you to combine academic study with work-based learning and develops sound theoretical and practice-based knowledge. It combines rigorous academic standards with the opportunity to experiment and develop ideas and practices that will excite children and stimulate their natural curiosity and motivation to engage through playful learning.

The course covers a wide range of theoretical perspectives and current issues in early years education and explores international perspectives and contemporary developments and challenges within the sector.

Modules: Year 1

  • Reflective Learners in Early Years
  • Child Development and Playful Learning
  • Playful Pedagogy
  • Parents and Carers as Partners

Modules : Year 2

  • Curriculum Frameworks: Global Perspectives
  • Children’s Welfare Legal and Professional Responsibilities
  • Digital Pedagogy and Communication Skills
  • Leading Change: Influencing Practice Through Research.

More information

Full programme specification 

Open University Students Guide

Our Handbook for courses in the Nescot - Open University partnership can be found here can be found here.

Course Fees

£6300 per year

Entry Requirements

Level 3 Early Years qualification (or equivalent such as play work or health and social care)

And / or

A-Levels in relevant subjects will also be considered.

Normally two years' experience in an appropriate setting is required but we will consider school leavers / Level 3 progressors who may already have appropriate experience and supported by strong evidence.

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) is available as an entry route for those with a background in the sector but lacking formal qualifications.

Your Next Steps

On successful completion of the Early Years Foundation Degree students can progress onto a work-based learning BA (Hons) Top-up programmes which could lead to either Early Years Teacher Status or Qualified Teacher Status.

Other Information


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Last updated - 03/11/2021