leading learning with two-year-olds

Key Facts            PRE-REGISTER FOR SEPTEMBER 2021   

Type of course: Postgraduate combined (taught and research) worth 60PG credits.
Study options:

Combination of face-to-face taught days, virtual teaching & distance learning

Duration: 1 year
Start date: September 2021
Accreditation: Birmingham City University
Credits: 60 PG credits
Fees: TBC
Tutors: Helen Moylett
Entry requirements:

An undergraduate degree is generally requested as applicants will be expected to study at postgraduate level, however applications from practitioners without degrees, but with relevant experience, are encouraged.

Applications for this pathway for 2020-21 are now closed. If you wish to express your interest in enrolling on this pathway for September 2021 start, please click the button below.



Who is this course aimed at?

This pathway has been developed to support all early years practitioners who are leading and managing provision for two-year-olds or planning to do so in the near future


It is linked to current policy and practice and offers an opportunity for critical analysis and reflection on the most recent changes in policy. It will support those preparing for inspection.

What are the main themes?

- What’s special about being two? 
- Thinking with two-year-olds – understanding the two-year-old mind and the drive for relationships, competence and autonomy 
- Children’s development from birth as self-regulated learners - links to play, active learning, and creative and critical thinking
- The implications of child development for pedagogy in the prime areas of Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language and Physical Development
- The importance of attachment and the role of the key person
- Effective interaction strategies for supporting the development of language and thinking
- Sensory input in learning, schema and the link to concept development
- Active learning, praise and intrinsic motivation, the role of environment and developing ‘can do’ mindsets
- Working effectively and inclusively with parents and carers
- The observation, assessment and planning cycle ‘in the moment’  and the summative assessment required for the two-year-old progress check/integrated review.
- Leading learning and supporting and managing change
- Reflection, evaluation and action research to improve current practice and provision
How will it help my practice?

Many settings and schools are new to working with, playing with, and thinking with two-year-olds.

This pathway provides an extensive opportunity to reflect on effective practice with children living through one of the most significant developmental periods of their lives and to use this enhanced knowledge to envision development.

Participants will have the chance to learn more about child development theories as well as develop their pedagogical leadership skills through setting based tasks.

Tutor input, group discussions and activities, plus two assignments will support and challenge each participant’s unique journey in developing effective two-year-old practice and provision. 

Key dates for 2020/21:

Due to the impact of the virus pandemic, we are preparing contingencies to run our pathways through a combination of face-to-face taught days at our centre in Birmingham, virtual teaching and distance learning. More information will be shared with successful applicants in due course.
Day 1 - Tue 10 November 2020 - online face-to-face
Day 2 - Tue 1 December 2020 - online face-to-face
Day 3 - Tue 19 January 2021
Day 4 - Tue 23 March 2021
Plus three twilight sessions online - TBC

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