13th September 2001

 

TOP-UP DEGREE FOR EARLY YEARS PROFESSIONALS

 

Childcare, nursery provision and early years education are high on the Government’s agenda, and the sector is set to expand in coming years as more and more funding becomes available.

 

The University of Lincolnshire & Humberside is responding to the expected boom in jobs by launching a new course for those already working as professionals with early years children.

 

The new BA (Hons) degree in Early Childhood Studies begins this month at the Cottingham Road campus.

 

“The degree is aimed at people who are already working in early years who want to upgrade their knowledge or at other professionals such as nurses, for example, who may want to move into early years work,” said Don Blackburn, head of the Department of Applied Social Science and Social Work.

 

“The government is focusing on the needs of children and there are a great many jobs coming on stream - the demand for people working in this area is going to increase enormously over the next few years,” he added.

 

The part-time course will involve some teaching on campus but some units will be delivered at a distance via the university’s Virtual Campus. “We’re responding to the students’ needs and making the course as flexible as we can to fit in with the timetables of the students who enrol,” said Mr Blackburn.

 

Students who are qualified as nurses or teachers or who already hold an HND in Early Childhood Studies, an Advanced Diploma in Child Care and Education or an NVQ level 4 in Child Care would be expected to complete the top-up degree programme within 18 months.

 

To enrol contact Christine Sutcliffe on 01482 464047.

 

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For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside

Tel: 01522 886042

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

 

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