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.
Read out about childhood studies research at Sheffield Hallam.
Hallam students and lecturers visit Ghana to support the development of its early years' provision. Find out more.
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
The Early Years Teacher Status is a professional accreditation endorsed by the government for graduate practitioners that is raising the quality of early years provision. The Government's reforms are focused on birth to five as the evidence is clear that high quality early education and childcare can have a powerful impact on young children... 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, therefore this course allows you to... More information
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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
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
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Childhood studies research
The Centre for Education and Inclusion Research provides a focus for educational contract research and consultancy, and offers accredited and non-credited bespoke courses.
Our staff present at a variety of regional, national and international conferences including
• British Educational Research Association
• European Early Childhood Educational Research Association
• Early Education
Students return to Ghana to shape early years' provision
A childhood studies student who spent 10 days teaching youngsters in Ghanaian orphanages and schools has described her "amazing" experiences in the West African country.
Students from Sheffield Hallam University went to Ghana to support the development of its early years' provision, working in orphanages whilst lecturers took a leading part in conferences to shape the future of early years provision in the country.
Ashleigh Cannon, a second-year childhood studies student from Saffron Walden, Essex, said she would never forget her experiences.
She said: "The trip to Ghana was the most amazing experience of my life. It opened my eyes to other cultures that are not as fortunate as us and also allowed us to help these people.
"The school I was placed in was a very poor school with no resources for the children. We took lots of books and toys and to begin with we had to demonstrate to the children how the toys should be played with as they did not know what to do with them.
"The children in the school were so happy and loved us being there and we miss them so much."
Other students who took part in the trip include Zara Isaac, from Manchester, and Lucy Owens, from Solihull.
The trip, the second time Sheffield Hallam has collaborated with the British Council in Ghana, began with a two-day conference on Early Childhood Development and Education entitled, Building a Learning Community.
Early years academic Pam Torry and Jonathan Wainwright, a lecturer in leadership and management, delivered the conference in Accra.
They worked with officials from the Ministry of Women and Children (MOWAC) and the director of the National Nursery Teacher Training Centre to develop the conference.
They were joined this time by two Ghanaians. Dr Vanessa Tetteh, a freelance consultant and researcher, attended the previous conference.
Since then she has been awarded a British Academy grant and spent two months at Sheffield Hallam researching literacy.
Gladys Amaning, director of the Metro Centre for Children in Kumasi, spoke on parental participation.
Pam said: "We were thrilled that Vanessa and Gladys joined the team of speakers. It was always our aim to involve Ghanaians as part of our commitment to developing genuine partnership."
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.