Early Years Degree
Early Years Degree
by: Dannie.Louise - 13-01-13 16:21
Hi, I've recently been offered a place on a part time Early Years Foundation degree course at my setting. I have to apply for each module and I've just started my first module. After this module the funding stops and i will have to pay for each module myself, which is £450 each.
Is it worth it? I want to stay in work full time so this degree was ideal, but i want to be sure its worth paying £450 for each module, as I've got 5 modules to complete after this one.
Any advice would be brill :)
RE: Early Years Degree - 13-01-13 19:25
you shou dget a student loan for the fees as it is highly unlikely youll ever have to pay it back on NN wages! worth it? yes for personal development no for professional
RE: Early Years Degree - 14-01-13 07:48
Heavens above it is absolutely crucial for professional development and whilst I think it is a huge amount of money the benefit to the children and the setting you are working in is priceless.
The children deserve motivated educated passionate practitioners who understand about attachment, communication and language development, safeguarding etc and the FD will allow you to gain knowledge of this in depth. If its solely for a pay rise then I wouldn't bother
RE: Early Years Degree - 15-01-13 13:05
I agree that children deserve motivated, educated, passionate practitioners etc but don't think you necessarily need the degree to have all of that. have employed staff with and without the degree and by far the least effective one had a degree and EYPS. Recently employed a member of staff without any qualifications (the rest of us have them so wasn't at the top of the list of priorities). Have not been disappointed. She is reliable, enthusiastic, intelligent, literate and the children love her. If you want the degree for personal development that's great and you will learn lots just don't think as an employer that it's the most important thing.
RE: Early Years Degree - 19-01-13 19:03
Like anything else when recruiting staff one thing alone does not make them get the job. Anyone working in early years should have the qualities your unqualified member of staff has but it is not enough as Cathy Nutbrown pointed out. The EPPE project also found that children who were in settings where there were degree qualified staff fared better.
you have this member of staff as an added bonus to work alongside the rest of your degree qualified staff which is fantastic lucky you to have found this balance. But if everyone in the nursery lacked a deep understanding of attachment and children's development it may not work out so well.
RE: Early Years Degree - 21-01-13 09:08
Quite agree calypso just wanted to point out that the degree isn't, as you say, the be all and end all. However have also found that just because a member of staff has a degree does not mean she has a deep understanding (or even liking) of children.
RE: Early Years Degree - 21-01-13 13:22
I think you should keep going with it. If you were to go to uni to do the level 6 degree ( Early childhood studies) you would be looking at £8,500 a year for three years! If you are aiming for the full qualification and perhaps EYPS in the future, I would seriously consider getting a student loan.
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