Why work in early years education

Guest posts

Faculty: Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care
School: School of Education and Social Care
Category: Education

1 September 2015

Amanda Clarkson, Deputy Head of Education and Social Care at our Cambridge campus, outlines why she feels people should consider a career in early years. Follow Amanda on twitter @mandyclarkson.

From conception to adulthood the development of a child is a beautiful, dynamic and wondrous journey.  Even more special is the opportunity to be a part of that child’s journey, influencing and shaping who children will become and ultimately influencing your society and communities.

Going through the most rapid phase of growth and development before the age of eight makes the role of an early years practitioner and educator a pivotal one. Within this role those who work with young children facilitate the development of the foundations for establishing social skills, perceptions of the world, self-esteem and moral outlook.  Alongside supporting brain development, cognitive skills and physical development, early years practitioners provide resources, activities and support for children’s holistic development.

Research consistently reports that well-qualified, knowledgeable and experienced practitioners are influential in improving outcomes for children, with overwhelming reports showing that the best and most effective preschools and nurseries have staff who are better qualified. As an early years educator, the highest level of communication skills are needed to work with a range of stakeholders including parents, colleagues, a plethora of health, social care and education professions, government agencies and most importantly, children.

Many people from outside the sector see early years as ‘just playing’, but whilst play is most certainly a key and much-used approach to learning and development, early childhood education is based upon a strong foundation of research and theory. Practitioners with a theoretical and evidence-based understanding of children’s learning and development are able to best support children on to the next steps of their learning.

Working with children is undoubtedly a privilege, so if you are looking for a vocation in life where you will make a difference and along the way develop strong knowledge, understanding and transferable skills a degree in Early Childhood Professional Studies or a foundation degree in Early Years Playwork and Education may well be for you.

To find out more about our courses, why not read blogs from Jade Carey who has recently graduated from our degree in Early Childhood Professional Studies. You can also follow Jade on twitter @orangesquashed.


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