Taught course

Early Childhood Education and Care

Newman University · Department of Education and Professional Studies

Entry requirements

Good honours degree, 2.2 or above

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Newman offers you the opportunity to enhance your professional knowledge, understanding and skills of Early Years Practice by developing and implementing systematic professional enquiry and reflective practice around a range of concepts and theories relevant to Early Years provision.

There are three modules available which make up the PG cert in Early Childhood Education and Care.

Effective Pedagogy and Practice in Early Years (20 credits)
This module will enable students to develop a critical understanding of children’s learning and development in relation to the role of the pedagogue. It will facilitate a critical awareness and understanding of what promotes effective practice and pedagogy in early childhood. Personal reflection on the experiences of co- constructed learning and practice will be an integral part of this module. It will also examine current thinking and research in early childhood provision, encouraging students to analyse and critically evaluate links between personal principles, early childhood theory, observed evidence and their developing practice. Students will embark on a process of critical analysis and evaluation to enhance the quality of provision for young children and their families.

Leading Early Years Practice (20 credits)
This module provides students with the opportunity to gain a practical and critical understanding of leading early years practice. The module requires students to critically engage with contemporary theory and research around leadership, management, relationships and collaborative working within the early years sector. Students will be expected to critically analyse competing ideas around leadership and professionalism and reflect upon the principles that should arguably underpin effective practice within the sector.

Safeguarding Children: Rhetoric and Reality (20 credits)
This module aims to reflect upon and debate some of the complex issues involved in safeguarding children and the interventions designed to drive this agenda. It will provide students with an opportunity to investigate the historical and political context that has served to shape current policy and practice. Specific attention will be given to reflecting upon the social and cultural constructions of neglect and abuse, and the impact that abuse can have on the lives of children and their families. Students will critically evaluate current policy and legislation and its implications for practice for all those working with children with particular reference to the emergence of the children's rights movement and the UNCRC. Students will critically reflect upon the tension between individual and institutional values and how they inform the roles and responsibilities of those working in the area of safeguarding children.

Fees and funding

UK students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    part time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Faculty of Education
0121 476 1181