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Harlow College

Early Childhood Education and Care

UCAS Code: HDEY

Higher National Diploma - HND

Entry requirements


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64

About this course


Course option

2.0years

Full-time | 2021

This course provides extensive knowledge of professional development, the Early Years curriculum along with communication, values & leadership for advanced Early Years Practitioners. You will gain an understanding of the stages and sequences of brain development, physical development and social skills. Most significantly, you will gain professional status enabling you to work with children or progress to university to complete an Early Years Degree, Teaching Degree or a Degree in Childhood studies.

The course is most suitable for those working within the early years and education sector. It is also suitable for those who would like to become school teachers, manage within the early years sector or work within the education sector with children.

The course is made up of units which are taught within class and assessed through:
• Observations
• Powerpoint presentations
• Reflective accounts
• Essays
• Witness Statements

This course includes placement which enables learners to work with babies and children within primary schools, nurseries and early years settings.

After the HND a Top-up to a full Degree may be possible.

After the HNC – you could ask to transfer to the second year of a degree. Again, contact the University's admission team direct after searching the course on the UCAS website. Or you could continue at Harlow College and complete your HND.

You could progress into management roles, Early Years and Primary teacher training, social work and educational psychologist.

Modules

HNC
Module Level Credit
1. Professional Development Through Reflective Practice
2. Communication, Values and Leadership for Advanced Early Years Practitioners
3. Theories of Development and Progress – Birth to Seven Years, 11 Months
4. Early Years Curriculum, Play and Learning
8. Safeguarding, Children’s Welfare and Child Protection
9. Creating Safe Environments in Early Years Settings
Specialist Units
7. Issues Affecting Children’s Behaviour
8. Safeguarding, Children’s Welfare and Child Protection
9. Creating Safe Environments in Early Years Settings
10. Supporting Quality Improvement in Early Years Settings

HND
Module Level Credit
1. Professional Development Through Reflective Practice
2. Communication, Values and Leadership for Advanced Early Years Practitioners
3. Theories of Development and Progress – Birth to Seven Years, 11 Months
4. Early Years Curriculum, Play and Learning
7. Issues Affecting Children’s Behaviour
8. Safeguarding, Children’s Welfare and Child Protection
9. Creating Safe Environments in Early Years Settings
10. Supporting Quality Improvement in Early Years Settings

Specialist Units

Module Level Credit
5. The Whole Child Approach in Early Years Practice
6. Developing Research Skills for Early Years Practice
11. Fundamentals of Early Years Longitudinal Study
12. Health Promotion for Advanced Early Years Practitioners
16. Contemporary Issues in Child Health
18. Effective Leadership in Advanced Early Years Practice
19. Diversity, difference and inclusions in Early years settings
*These modules may be subject to change

Assessment methods

The % of each of the following for the HND:
• Written assessment 60%
• Mind Mapping 5%
• Presentations 5%
• Discussions 10%
• Practical assessments 10%
• Action research 10%
The HND has a compulsory placement requirement of 800 hours over the two years. For the HNC year or year 1, this placement is met by students working 2 days a week minimum, paid or unpaid in a setting for a total of 600 hours. Please note this must include 100 hours minimum in each of the three ages, under 2yrs, 2yrs-4yrs and 5yrs -7yrs. This makes up 300 hours of the required 600 for the first year. In the second year the students must complete an additional 200 hours in a setting/age range of their choice.

The Uni


Course location:

Harlow College

Department:

Early Years

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