We offer our staff the chance to study for an Early Years degree with LEYF and expand their knowledge and understanding of the development of babies and young children from birth to 8 years old.


LEYF offers both the Foundation Degree in Early Years Services (2.5 years) and (BA) Hons in Early Childhood Studies (3 years).

The courses are accredited by the University of Wolverhampton, but delivered and assessed by LEYF tutors.

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Foundation (Level 4) Degree in Early Years Services

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The Foundation Degree in Early Years Services is a comprehensive course of study for professionals working in Early Years, enabling them to better understand young children and build on their own practice.

What will you study?

Year 1

Students will study:

  • Child Development
  • Introduction to LEYF Pedagogy
  • Role of Play in Childhood
  • Safeguarding and Multi-Agency Perspectives

Year 2

Students will study:

  • Becoming a Researcher
  • Communication, Language and Literacy in Early Childhood
  • Health in the Early Years
  • Understanding Children’s Worlds

Year 3

Students will study:

  • Developing Critical Reflection and Practice
  • Young Lives, Parenting and Families
  • Growing Up in the 21st Century
  • Power, Inclusion and Diversity

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BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies

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The BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies with the University of Wolverhampton will develop students’ understanding of a child’s most formative years – when their body, personality and understanding of the world are still growing.

The course is suitable for people new to Early Years or experienced staff seeking career development.

Linking theory and practice is integral throughout the degree, and students will do work placements to gain experience of working with babies and young children. This will allow them to consider theory in relation to the implications for practice, so they can evaluate and develop creative approaches to working with babies and young children.

Level 4 modules:

  • LEYF Pedagogy
  • Child Development
  • Safeguarding Children
  • The Role of Play

Level 5 modules:

  • Understanding Children’s Worlds
  • Health in the Early Years
  • Communication, Language and Literacy
  • Becoming a Researcher
  • Developing Critical Reflection
  • Families and Communities in Context

Level 6 modules:

  • Leading for Sustainability
  • Evaluating the Early Years Curriculum
  • Leading Quality in Practice
  • Learning in the Outdoors Environment
  • Year-long Dissertation
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LEYF Training Academy

LEYF Training Academy is the first of its kind: a world-class academy of Early Years training and research.

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LEYF Pedagogy

Our unique seven-strand Pedagogy is interwoven into everything we do, to give all children wonderful learning experiences every day.

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Our educators and staff

Learn more about our knowledgeable and highly skilled teaching staff.