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Early Childhood Studies

A degree with a sharp focus on employability in the early years sector, and with teaching informed by the influential works of Friedrich Froebel.

Key Facts



BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies


Degree Duration

3 years :Full-time
4 years :Full-time (If opting for an Extended Degree)


Start Dates

September 2023

Degree Overview

Roehampton is internationally renowned for its work in early childhood studies. With a team of highly-regarded tutors, who are all experts in their specialisms, you will learn from some of the best in the field.

This degree will empower you with the knowledge and skills, confidence and resilience to act as an advocate for babies, young children, their families and communities. You will develop an understanding of policy and practice, and learn to engage in critical inquiry and problem solving around key issues in the field. Please note that BA Early Childhood Studies is a programme of academic study and is not in itself a qualification to work as an early years teacher or practitioner.  Students seeking vocational qualification should opt to take the Graduate Practitioner Competencies certificate (as outlined in the fifth tab, left).

The course takes a distinctive Froebelian approach to the study of early years, grounded in the following principles:

A holistic view of babies, young children, their families and the communities they are part of, making links with past, present and future.
The centrality of play and (outdoor) environments for wellbeing and learning
Inclusion and connectedness, and a commitment to social justice in the field of early childhood
A commitment to recognising and responding to the individual experiences and understandings of children
Continued development of understanding of professionalism and professional reflection and action, linking theory, research and practice
Study schedule by year

Year one

Consider the impact of cultural influences on the lives of babies, toddlers and young children and their development.
Develop an understanding of Froebel’s ideas about education for very young children and their relationship to current policy and practice.
Research topical issues and concerns in early childhood and consider the concepts of equity and inclusion.
Explore the importance of observation in the study of young children and learn fundamental skills needed to carry out early years research.
Year two

Analyse the significance of play, imagination and creativity in children’s development, and examine the impact of the early childhood pioneers on current perspectives and practice.
Undertake a work placement in an early years setting.
Consider a variety of curriculum models, children’s wellbeing and their understanding of themselves and others.
Deepen your understanding of research methods in early childhood settings and start a research proposal for your year three project.
Year three

Carry out a substantial research project in an area of your choice and develop expertise in this subject.
Spend time learning how to interact with young children so you can engage with their perspectives and consider the influences that society has on them.
A strong and effective relationship with the parents of the children you care for is paramount to the welfare of the child. You will learn to maintain a balance of power between the parents and yourself as a professional, as well as address issues such as cultural diversity and support systems.


You may incur additional costs during your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year such as laptops, Stationary and additional resources.

Why Study this Degree

You will be well placed to secure a variety of roles, such as working as an education professional in primary and nursery care (teaching, administration or management)* or a special needs professional in schools, children centres and the community. You could work for a children’s charity undertaking policy and research, in community support, welfare or housing, or for an NGO or central or local government department.

Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. They will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers. You’ll also have opportunities to work with our partners across London and beyond, and to attend a Roehampton jobs fair where you can find out about graduate opportunities and meet employers.