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Certificate in Early Years Practice: Standard pathway

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This OU certificate is made up of 60 credits.

What you will study

There are two ways to start a qualification. You can begin your studies at Stage 1, or, if you haven’t studied for a long time, you can get started by studying an Access module as an additional preparatory stage of your chosen qualification. We know from experience that students who have completed an Access module do better in their subsequent modules, so it could be the vital first step you take to help you succeed in your future studies.

To find out the recommended Access module for this pathway, choose your country in the Fees section below.

Stage 1

To achieve this certificate you’ll study one compulsory 60 credit-module The early years: developing practice (E100)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.S05-1,module,E100,,1.

You’ll focus on the responsibilities, knowledge and skills underpinning your work with young children and with other adults – including parents and carers and a range of professional colleagues in multi-agency contexts.

You’ll also develop your study skills as you examine a number of topics including:

  • the role of the early years practitioner
  • young children’s learning and development
  • the importance of early years environments
  • the work of children’s services in safeguarding and promoting children’s health and welfare.

There are a range of resources including audio and video materials to help you in your study, and you’ll carry out a number of activities linked to your work with children.

Modules quoted in qualification descriptions are those that are currently available for study. As the structure of our qualifications is reviewed on a regular basis, the University is unable to guarantee that the same selection of modules will continue to be available in future years.

How long it takes

It will take you nine months to complete the one module required for this certificate.


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