Kingston University London - Early Years and Children's Services: Leadership & Management Foundation Degree FdA

Kingston University London

Early Years and Children's Services: Leadership & Management Foundation Degree FdA

Do you work in Early Years or Children's Services? This Sector-Endorsed Foundation Degree in Early Years (SEFDEY) approved course is ideal if you work in early years setting, or within the wider children's services, and currently hold a leadership or management role, or aspire to do so in the future. This course builds your leadership skills through a combination of academic study and work-based learning, in which you'll draw on your practical experience.

You'll study a broad range of knowledge, skills, and strategies in relevant aspects of Early Years education, such as approaches to your practice, leadership and management, and child protection.

You will study a broad range of knowledge, skills, and strategies in relevant aspects of education, health, and social care, and have the opportunity to draw on your practical experience whilst engaging in a diverse range of theoretical and philosophical debates.

You can top-up your qualification to a full BA (Hons) degree at Kingston University through a further year's study.

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • Kingston is No.2 overall in the UK for education (Guardian league tables 2022).
  • You can earn as you learn. This course combines workplace learning (minimum of 16 hours per week) with part-time study (5 hours) at Kingston University.
  • On successful completion, you'll have 240 credits, enabling you to progress to a relevant work-based learning BA (Hons) top-up program.

Entry Requirements

UCAS tariff points: 72


  • DDD


  • Technical qualification in Education and Childcare or related subject and/or equivalent.

BTEC National Diploma

  • MPP in Level 3 National Diploma in Children's Play, Learning and Development and/or equivalent

Other qualifications

  • CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Early Years, Level 3 Early Years Educator, Playwork, Children and Young People
  • NVQ Level 3 in an early years, health and social care or related subject and/or equivalent, working with children aged 0-8 years.
  • A minimum IELTS score of 6.5, TOEFL scores of 79 to 93 or equivalent is required for those for whom English is not their first language.

Career Prospects

Once you have completed this FDA followed by the BA(Hons) top-up, you will be well-placed to pursue postgraduate opportunities and enhance your professional development in education and related fields.

Many graduates return to Kingston University for postgraduate and continuing professional development studies including Early Years Initial Teacher Training leading to Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS), the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), and MA studies.

Career opportunities after completing Early Years and Children's Services: Leadership & Management Foundation Degree FDA

  • Creche manager
  • Extended school co-ordinator
  • Nursery supervisor
  • Room supervisor
  • Nursery manager
  • Sub-committee manager

Course Details

This course covers a wide range of theoretical perspectives in the field of leadership and management. It includes aspects of education, health, and social care which are relevant and necessary for leading and managing in the early years sector. It provides a route into higher education for experienced and committed early years practitioners wanting to progress from level 3 to a foundation degree.

In Year 1, you will explore reflexive practice, child development, and assessment, and child protection.

In Year 2, you will learn about leadership and management in the Early Years of Settings and organizations, early years of pedagogy and practice, and conduct a special project.

Professional Development through Reflective Practice in Special Educational Needs
Child Development, Observation and Assessment
Child Protection and Ethical Practices of Working With Children
Leadership and Management of Identity

Historical and International Perspectives of Early Years Education
Leadership and Management of the Early Years Setting
Leadership and Management of the Organisation
Special Project

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