Childcare Courses

If you are currently working in an Education and Early Years setting with children between ages 0-8 years and want to gain a qualification that will help your professional progression, the Sector-Endorsed Foundation Degree in Early Years enables you to combine academic study with learning at your place of work. This course is accredited by Kingston University.

If you do not already hold Early Years Educator Status from your Level 3 qualification, we offer the Early Years (with Early Years Educator) pathway which is classified as a 'full and relevant' qualification by the Department for Education (UCAS code: X120).

Once you complete this course, you can top-up your qualification to a full BA (Hons) degree, through one year's study at Kingston University.

  • About the Course

    Click here to view the Course Information Factsheet

    You will attend taught sessions and complete directed tasks as specified in the programme. Teaching and learning will consist of workshops, lectures, seminars, discussion groups, self-assessment and independent study. This will be both college and work-based. You will also have tutorials with a personal tutor, who will meet with you in your group and also for individual sessions.

    You will study:

    Year 1 modules:

    • Personal and professional development through reflective practice
    • Child protection and ethical practices of working with children
    • Child development, observation and assessment
    • Reflective Professional Practice Record
    • Inclusive education and interprofessional perspectives.

    Year 2 modules:

    • Historical and international perspectives of early years education
    • Early years pedagogy and practice
    • Effective Communication skills
    • Reflective Professional Practice Record
    • Special project.

    Please note: The Foundation Degree programme is subject to change following the Kingston University Revised Academic Framework.

    Course Fee: Course Fees for September 2024 are £7000 for your first year. Student Finance England can offer you financial support when you are studying towards a degree.

    You may be able to receive a range of financial help and support including a grant (which you don't have to pay back) and loan (which you do need to repay)..

    For more information about the course, including fees, please visit the Kingston University website.


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  • Additional Costs

    Additional Fees

    - The renowned Froebel Archive for Childhood Studies, containing rare books, toys and photographs.
    - Freud Museum London

  • Entry Requirements

    This degree is specifically designed for early years practitioners who have a Level 3 qualification..

    If you do not hold Early Years Educator Status already, you will need the equivalent of 72 UCAS tariff points from your Level 3 qualification/s.

    You must be working at least 16 hours per week with babies and children from birth to five years old within an early years setting.

    You also require three passes at GCSE grade C/4 or above (which should include Mathematics and English Language) or a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number.

    The selection process involves interview at your chosen institute, selection exercises and a current DBS check.

  • Progression

    You will be supported in your second year of the Foundation Degree to progress onto one of Kingston's one year BA (Top Up) courses, there are three to choose from. Upon successful completion of the third year, you will achieve an honours degree (360 credits)

  • Assessment Method

    Assessment is coursework based, including presentations, essays, reports, child studies, self assessment and a special project. You will also complete a portfolio of assessed practice (RPPR).

How to Apply

Please apply via the Kingston page on UCAS - If you have any questions, please call 020 8326 2000 or email


Course Info

Courses for 16-18 years,Courses for Adults 19+,Higher Education

Part Time

Level 5

Location Isleworth

Start Date 17/09/2024

Foundation Degree (Kingston University) JACS Code: X110 JACS code X120* (if you do not have a full and relevant Level 3 Early years qualification) Institution Code: K84-campus W


Sonali Mukherjee
Lecturer in Early Years Foundation Degree

Sonali has worked in the field of Early Childhood Education for many years and has a wide range of experience in caring for children, teaching, professional training, and play-therapy roles.
Sonali is interested in care and emotional bonds and supporting emotional relationships of children in Early Years settings. 

Sonali is a trained teacher with a degree in teaching in the UK and abroad with an experience of imparting a range of professional and learning related modules at the undergraduate level.

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