A very warm welcome to The Early Years Education
Department for all our new students joining us in 2019 and of course, all our
returning students – welcome back!
The Department offers a suite of programmes that provide
high quality learning and training experiences to those who wish to work with
young children in a variety of roles across the EYE sector. We are really
pleased that you have decided to study with us at Edge Hill University and
particularly in the EYE Department.
The Early Years Education Department has some key
strengths identified by a variety of quality procedures and our own students’ comments
(NSS/SSCF 2018/19 meetings):
Strengths of the Department include
- Quality of overall student experience (strong
ISS/NSS scores and highly positive Bristol Online Survey End of programme
responses and Student Staff Consultative Forum Minutes). For the past 3 years
now, our students are 100% satisfied with our programmes overall.
- Successful academic achievement across all
programmes – you will get there and do really well in your chosen career!
- Strong retention across all programmes – we have
good support mechanisms in place for all students, so please talk to your tutor
team if there is anything you are concerned about, so that we can signpost you
and help, where possible.
- Consistent high quality and complimentary
partner feedback and a strong collaborative working relationship (Partnership
BOS feedback and PQO Reports).
- Consistent highly positive External Examiner
feedback – all our programmes are reviewed by an External Examiner.
- Partnership Training and Development
Opportunities across the partnership, with future plans to enhance and develop
as an area of enterprise – we offer free CPD, so please do look out for this
opportunity alongside your studies.
- ‘Forest Edge’ and outdoor learning developments
– we are early years, so you will be outside often!
- Cross-Faculty collaborations to support teaching
and research – your tutor team are researchers, so ask them about their work
and read their publications in journals, books etc.
- An investment in Paediatric First Aid Training
for all Final Year and PGCE students to comply with DfE ‘Millie’s Mark’ with
Millie’s Trust Foundation at no extra cost to you. You will be thoroughly
- Distinctive Department for Early Years Education,
which we are very proud of and you will benefit greatly from being immersed in
early years ‘ness’
- Our students tell us that we are welcoming,
supportive, engaging, knowledgeable, inspiring and fun. I do hope you will also
think this, but if not – tell us. Do look out for our ‘Meet the Team’ events
and come along.
I would also like to share with your the ‘Vision for
Early Years Education Department’ as you are an essential part of this vision
The Early Years Education overarching vision is to raise the status and quality of the early years workforce (ECEC workforce) and to work in partnership with employers and early years settings/schools across England, to ensure high quality teaching and learning, reflective practice, leadership and research is at the heart of our early years training and professional development programmes.
This vision is based on our aspiration to lead early
years research, learning and teaching on both national and international levels
through providing a dynamic student-focused learning environment, offering our
students (both undergraduate and postgraduate) high quality learning
experiences that are inextricably linked to the needs and interests of young
children, who are at the heart of our early years provision. We aim to provide
an outstanding, sustainable and inclusive learning environment through
continuous enhancement of our provision by responding to identified learners’
needs, developments in the fields of research, wider community interests,
including those of employers, while ensuring a thoughtful, process of
reflection and evaluation”.
We hope that you thoroughly enjoy your studies with us
and that you engage with the ‘student voice’ opportunities offered to you to
get the very best from your teaching and learning experiences – if I have not
shared this with you during induction, I will talk to you when I teach you!
Please do feel free to pop in and see me at any point in
your studies and let me know the good things you are doing and if any issues
arise for you. My office is in the Faculty of Education, second floor FoEL 2.50,
with my name on the door. Alternatively, do feel free to email me or tweet.
Dr Karen Boardman
Get Involved! a note from Freddie Berry, EHU Education Society:
Edge Hill University (EHU) Education Society
The EHU Education Society is set up by students for students! We
are sponsored by the National Education Union and have opportunities for
students on education based courses or those who are interested in education to
join. We offer training sessions based on your interests and have a number
planned for the academic year to come focusing on:
- Supporting children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Behaviour Management
- Children’s Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC)
- Supporting Children’s Mental Health
- Inequality in Education
- Racism in Education
- Supporting Looked After Children (LAC).
Every time you attend a session you come away with a certificate
to demonstrate your attendance and commitment to your personal and professional
development which can help your CV to stand out. Alongside this members are
able to meet like minded individuals who are also interested in education and
get involved with campaigns that the NEU runs to support teachers, schools and
learners. If you are interested in joining the society and receiving news about
how to sign up for these events please feel free to contact and follow us on:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org email the President of the society, Freddie Berry, on email@example.com
- Facebook: @ehueducationsociety to follow our page / if you would like to join our group chat then please email or message us on our page
- Twitter: @EHUEducationSoc
We look forward to you joining our society!