Nature Learning and Learning Environments in Early Years’ Settings - Upskilling Module

School of Education and Social Work

Date of entry

January 2023

Start date
January 2023
7 months
Study mode
Distance Learning
Fully funded places available

A limited number of fully funded places are available for eligible Scottish applicants through the Scottish Government's Upskilling Fund.

If you are living in Scotland and are currently:

  • unemployed and seeking work
  • at risk of redundancy or their job under threat as a result of Covid-19 or the economic impact of EU Exit
  • employed and have identified a skills gap in their current job

then you can apply for a fully funded place.

Upskilling funding for courses in 2023 is subject to confirmation from the Scottish Government.

This is a Masters level short course (Level 11) for practitioners who are currently working in early years’ settings or alternative provision such as after-school clubs, with children up to the age of eight, in Scotland. It is important that you are currently a practitioner, as some of the course relies on reflection and observation based on real-life settings.  

The course is a research-informed, fully online eight-week module, and will provide the theoretical underpinning for the pedagogy appropriate to nature learning in early childhood settings. You will have access to up-to-date research and other resources and will examine current best practice in a variety of settings. You will be able to reflect on your own practice and make changes to enhance your own and your settings, where applicable, outdoor/nature provision.   

You will need to have a BA in Childhood Practice or equivalent, and current experience of working or volunteering in some sort of early years’ setting, formal or informal, to be eligible for this course.  

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