Early years

Early years

Awarded by Kingston University

Early years professionals are specialists in early childhood development. They work with babies and children up to five years old. Our early years education courses will equip and inspire you to make the care and development of babies and children your first concern. We are proud to offer a range of early years education courses for all professionals, from foundation through to masters level.


Why choose us?

  • We are one of only a few national providers who have been involved with the successful delivery of Early Years Professional Status and Early Years Teacher Status since 2006. This is the only nationally recognised professional accreditation in the sector
  • We are a member of one of the largest successful consortium partnerships in early years education, which supports workforce development across London and the South East, delivering employment based programmes
  • You will benefit from being taught by staff who are research active, offering you access to cutting edge knowledge in the early years sector

Learning tools and facilities
  • Our unique on-site Outdoor Learning Environment(OLE) offers early years students the opportunity to simulate teaching and learning with natural materials.
  • We offer teaching and learning resources specific to early years that can be used in practice.
  • Our early years section in the Learning Resource Centre contains practical resources as well as reference materials and journals.
Student benefits
  • Your personal tutors will support your progression throughout the course
  • Access to specific online resources supports students who can access information from remote work based locations whilst studying
  • The Foundation degree and top up programmes offer employees in education the opportunity to continue working whilst studying, allowing you to earn as you learn
  • We have a dedicated Student Support Officer to ensure student wellbeing; they are the first point of contact for students who have personal problems, need advice or are seeking information about University services.

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Early years teaching news

School of Education wins Erasmus+ grant for new partnership project

The School of Education has been awarded just under €350,000 for a new Strategic Partnership project under the Erasmus+ scheme.

Early years student with children

International exchange programme gives early years students opportunities for reflective learning

Helen Sutherland, Senior Lecturer at Kingston University and Kim Kimhag from the University of Gävle, Sweden have developed an exciting exchange programme to provide early years teacher trainees the opportunity to experience another country’s educational system.

Outdoor Learning

Charlie Taylor, Chief Executive, National College for Teaching and Leadership, praises the School of Education’s collaborative approach which offers great outcomes for their Early Years students.

Charlie Taylor during his speech for Nursery World Business Summit 2014 has praised Kingston University and Bright Horizons for their pioneering partnership work saying that “For both parties it was a leap into the unknown that required a relationship of trust and openness.



Early years teaching research

Child looking out of a window

TODDLER PROJECT – ensuring quality for all toddlers

A recent EU-funded project brought together experienced teacher trainers from nine European countries, including Helen Sutherland, senior lecturer in the School of Education, to examine and develop different approaches to toddlers’ learning.