Our multidisciplinary team of lecturers has extensive professional experience in key services for children and families. Many are published authors and active researchers, driving forward knowledge in their areas.
Our early years and childhood courses prepare you for working in the wider children’s workforce and include substantial placement experiences.
We help you maximise your academic and career potential by offering dedicated support in a friendly and collaborative environment. You also benefit from our modern, specialist facilities which help you perfect your skills and bring your knowledge to life.
Our careers staff are early years and childhood course experts, and can help you make informed decisions about how to build a bright future.
SkillsActive has officially recognised our BA (Hons) Children and Playwork as giving students the right knowledge and experience to succeed. Find out more.
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Develop your understanding of the way children think and learn and the meaning of their play. Increase your understanding of the safeguarding and protection of children and of their health and well-being. This knowledge provides the foundation for any career working with children and families. During the course you gain knowledge in the key areas... More information
Your studies centre around sociological and psychological approaches to the social, emotional, physical and cognitive development of children and young people, as well as social policy related to children and families. You may not yet know what age range of children you would like to work with in your career, so this course allows you to study... More information
UCAS code X370
Three years full-time
Prepare for a career teaching and supporting the development of young children aged 0 – 5 in early years settings including children's centres, nurseries and schools. You build your understanding and knowledge of teaching and learning in the early years, and key policies in early childhood education and care. We offer the course in partnership... More information
This course is aimed at people who are currently working with young children aged 0 - 5 years in early years settings including childrens centres, schools and private day care. You deepen your knowledge and understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and early childhood development for young children.During the course you cover... More information
This foundation degree is ideal if you are a childminder, early years practitioner, manager and advisor working in the early years sector, focusing on services for children aged 0–5 years. This course is also beneficial if you are an outreach, involvement or portage worker. You need to be employed in an early years setting during the course as... More information
This course offers you flexible professional and personal development opportunities. It is ideal if you are a teacher, either experienced or recently qualified, or another educational practitioner working in • an educational setting • a role supporting some aspect of learning • an education care role.The course is practice-oriented so your work is... More information
This course is suitable for all professionals working alongside teachers in a support role and also leading on key policies in a school or college setting. The aim is to help practitioners develop their practice and to assist children and young people reach their full potential. By improving the children and young people’s workforce, outcomes for... More information
One year full-time
Skilled children, young people and families professionals are in demand across a range of health, education and social care settings. This course has been developed in close collaboration with employers to enable you to graduate as a specialist in working with children, young people and families. The course tops up your exisiting qualifications... More information
Progress and build on your foundation degree in early years or another relevant level 5 qualification that has an early years focus and graduate with an honours degree. This course is designed for early years practioners and professionals with significant experience including managers and advisory staff within all early years related services.Your... More information
SkillsActive endorses children and playwork course
SkillsActive, the Sector Skills Council for Active Leisure, Learning and Wellbeing, has officially recognised Sheffield Hallam University's children and playwork undergraduate degree as giving students the right knowledge and experience to succeed.
The skills council awarded the University's BA (Hons) Children and Playwork degree with Higher Education Endorsement, highlighting it as meeting national standards.
Acting course leader, Julia Sexton, said: "We're delighted to achieve SkillsActive Higher Education Endorsement, as it demonstrates that the children and playwork degree provides current and relevant knowledge and experience to help students in becoming employable graduates.
"In a climate of rising fees and high expectations this endorsement should reassure potential students, parents and employers of the value of undertaking this degree. Endorsed courses are actively supported and promoted to employers by the Sector Skills Council."
Children and playwork studies help those who work with children and young people in playful and creative ways, and teach students about the significant benefits of play and related activities that affect a child’s life. The degree course can also help experienced practitioners develop their skills further before they move into management or training roles.
Playworkers contribute to children’s services in many ways. These include community and area-based services, children’s rights and participation, out-of-school provision, therapeutic playwork, adventure and environmental play.