Early Childhood

Early Childhood Studies graduates typically enter careers involving work with children, within early years education and social care sectors. Many go on to further study to become Early Years teachers by gaining EYTS (Early Years Teacher Status) or gain Qualified Teacher Status, others will become practitioners within early years settings. Other graduates also go into support roles on to further study in areas such as social work. An early childhood studies degree is good preparation for a wide range of roles in the community sector and wider public services.

Your Skills

As an early childhood studies graduate you will be able to:

  • identify and critically evaluate services for children  and families, and their diversity
  • understand the values and ethics relevant to practice with children, and equity and diversity issues
  • understand the perspectives of early years children and their families on services 
  • reflect critically on key theories, concepts and processes for practice with early years children
  • appreciate the complexities of interprofessional working
  • understand the development of  children during early years
  • understand the legal, professional and policy frameworks for working with young children and their families
  • appreciate academic and professional perspectives on childhood
  • discuss and evaluate the leadership and management of children's services
  • relate appropriately to children, parents and carers, colleagues, employers and other practitioners
  • select and apply appropriate practices and strategies in relevant contexts In addition to the subject-specific skills and knowledge above, you will have developed a broad range of skills that are highly regarded by employers.

To find out more about options using your early childhood studies degree look at the Prospects site which has a really good overview and links to the different roles available.

Types of employer

Education - nurseries and pre-schools, children's centres, primary schools, special schools,

Other public sector - local councils, hospitals, charities, NHS, playgroups, creches

Third sector community centres, community organisations and charities

Private sector - private nurseries and schools

Career Options

Here are just a few of the options open to you after graduation

For some of the following jobs you are likely to need more experience or further study

The following roles will require further study

There are many more options. Use the Suggested Links to find out more about jobs roles and to keep up to date with trends and developments in the sector. This will be especially useful when it comes to finding and applying for jobs.


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Monday, November 12, 2018 - 15:34