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Developing Effective Foundation Stage Teaching and Learning Module

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PDT 4051
September 2017
One year

Examine, develop and enhance selected aspects of your early years teaching practice towards improving educational outcomes with our short course designed for practising teachers.

Why study the Developing Effective Foundation Stage Teaching and Learning Module at Middlesex University?

This course will challenge you to critically examine selected areas of Foundation Stage teaching and learning, with the aim of improving your own practice. Guided by experienced practitioners, you will examine a variety of theories and skills related to early years education, with valuable opportunities to reflect on your own practice and its impact on learners.

Through a series of workshop sessions you will explore a range of topics to support your studies, including needs analysis, legislation, curriculum, early learning goals, young children's behaviour, special needs, and equal opportunities in early childhood education. As part of this course you will also examine team approaches to early years teaching, including multi-agency work, and develop advanced skills in observation and research to further enhance your studies and practice.

Armed with these skills and contemporary insights you will not only boost your career prospects for the future but develop your current role and teaching abilities for a wide range of students.

How is the Developing Effective Foundation Stage Teaching and Learning Module taught?

This short course is structured to enable you to maintain your professional employment while advancing your learning through part-time study sessions at our London campus.

Through a series of lessons and workshops you will explore a range of key topics that are designed to enhance your research and development of selected areas of your Foundation Stage teaching practice. These topics include:

  • Needs analysis (personal, institutional and national) and using data to identify needs
  • Context and policies for the early years curriculum
  • Early years legislation, curriculum and accountabilities
  • The Foundation Stage and Early Learning Goals
  • Team approaches in early years and multi-agency working
  • Partnership with parents/carers
  • Principles of effective early years practice
  • Selected theories of early childhood education
  • Schema and pattern of young children's behaviour
  • Planning for children's learning
  • Special needs in early childhood education
  • Equal opportunities in early childhood education
  • Planning a school visit and learning conversation
  • Observation and research skills


You will be assessed through a portfolio (supervised by the module leader over the course of the year).

The portfolio may include:

  • Needs analysis
  • Learning journal
  • Reading log
  • Evidence of critical engagement with relevant literature and research
  • Analysis of learning visit and conversations
  • Online learning conversations
  • The action research project report

This module is suitable those working and teaching in early years and Foundation Stage settings who have three years experience.

Apply today

Applications to this module should be made directly to the university. Please visit our CPD page to download an application form and for more information on the application process.

We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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