Foundation Degree Early Years Care and Education 

Inspire future generations on our Early Years Care and Education Foundation Degree. In West Yorkshire alone, childcare roles are among those that have seen the largest growth and employment in recent years (West Yorkshire Combined Authority, 2021). You could be among those securing employment in one of many sectors looking to employ people to work with children including the childcare, charity and voluntary, healthcare, social care, teaching and education sectors. Or you might want to consider working with children in other industries such as law, leisure, sport and tourism and public services and administration. With a work-focused approach, you will gain vital academic skills alongside vital industry experience. Develop your understanding of safeguarding and build on your language development knowledge, whilst learning how to create an inclusive and engaging environment for all.

This is the ideal degree to begin your future in childcare roles such as: Early years or nursery practitioner, Nursery Lead, Nursery Manager, Childcare or early years assistant, Classroom or learning support assistant.

Become a teacher in three years with our Foundation and Top-Up degree route. After this foundation degree, you may go on to study our Top-Up degree to gain a full BA (Hons) degree (with QTS).


Learn how to be instrumental in supporting children and young people’s development through studying a range of aspects relating to childcare and education. Discover how to create an appropriate learning environment, whilst developing pedagogical practice skills and in-depth understanding of a child’s holistic learning and development. You will be able to put theory into practice by undertaking a relevant work placement, helping you to gain essential practical experience for your future career in childcare. Further, you will be able to explore how to become a successful leader and manager and develop the skills that will help you climb the career ladder.

The course is written in consultation with active members of the childcare sector so that you are equipped with all the necessary knowledge and skills you require to enable you to thrive in any role in the sector. This foundation degree will also provide you with the necessary academic skills to help you progress onto further study such as a top-up degree or teacher training.

This course is validated by Luminate Education Group

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£7,950 Full Time or £3,975 Part Time (per academic year) - For home students commencing study in 2023

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Teacher Development Centre (Park Lane Campus)

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Start Date

September 2023

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2 years full-time | 2 years part-time

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Course Code

UCAS Course Code: L524 Institution code: L21

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Study Mode

Full-time and Part-time