16 February, 2021 | Posted by Michelle Hogan

Why should I do a Level 7 in Early Years Education?

Why should I do a Level 7 in Early Years Education

Are you considering a BA (Ord) Early Childhood Studies Level 7 in Early Years Education? 

Our College Director explains why this qualification can breathe new life into your career especially for experienced practitioners. 

Early Years Education continues to become an increasingly graduate-led workforce with those who have higher certified qualifications leading the way and securing jobs. 

Early Years settings receive the higher capitation of €80.25 per child if they have someone in the room with a Level 7 degree or aboveThis is seen as major advantage to employers and those without a Level 7 can feel like they are getting left behind in terms of opportunities.  

However, completing an Early Years Level 7 isn’t just about funding. It can bring new perspectives and practices into a long career in Early Years Education, help you to gain new understanding about children and families today and allow you to develop fresh friendships and collaborations with like-minded people in your industry.  

Denise Flood, College Director and Head of our Early Years Department, says past pupils who have come in with years of experience to complete a Level 7 have ‘gained a new lease of life’ even after many years working in the sector. 

“People report when they come on the degree that they had no idea what they didn’t know. They may have been running an Early Years setting for 20 years using for example the Montessori method of education and realise that there are so many other pedagogies that they could include also within their practice.  

The big thing for many of them is a new understanding of working well with the children and families in their settings and being open and responsive to diverse family backgrounds. Learning how they can get to know parents and children’s care givers and the benefits that working openly and collaboratively can bring. 

This course gives many a new lease of life in their practice and new ways of doing things. They make new friendships who collaborate on practice that they can then use to support their services in the future.  

Many Early Years practitioners work in isolated ways. For example, you could have a setting in the west of Ireland and the only people they see are their children and families and there may not be another setting for a few miles who they have no need to meet up with. This course can give them a new group of people who they can use to support their practice,” Denise said.  

If you think you could gain a new lease of life in your job, benefit from advancing your skills and knowledge, gain support and friendships in the industry, back up your years of experience with the qualification to guarantee your skills to employers.

You can gain a level 7 BA in Early Childhood Studies, in just 14 months whilst you are working, if you currently hold a QQI ECCE Level 6 award.  

You can study this degree in your own time through blended learning, with a combination of webinar tutorial seminars and online learning. 

You can join the large network of early years practitioners on this learning journey. There is an easy payment plan designed to make this degree affordable.  

These factors, together with the one-to-one tutorial support, offer you a level 7 degree that is accessible, affordable and achievable.

If you need further help or guidance with applying, book a consultation to speak to our expert Jennifer Matteazzi here. 

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Portobello Institute offers a range of Early Years Education qualifications, view them all here 

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