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Sector-Endorsed Foundation Degrees in Early Years Professional Association
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SEFDEY is a professional association intended to provide a ‘voice’ for early years and to endorse the quality of Foundation Degrees offered within the sector.


If you're an early years professional in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire or Mansfield, come along to An Evening in the Early Years. FREE entrance just book below

Event details

Join us for An Evening in the Early Years at NTU Mansfield Hub on Thursday 25 April 2024 from 6.30 - 8.30 pm for an evening of FREE CPD.


Dr Aaron Bradbury (Principal Lecturer Early Years at Childhood at Nottingham Trent University)

Using birth to five matters - non-statutory guidance to develop a nurturing approach in your early years setting.

Tamsin Grimmer (Early Years Consultant and Principal Lecturer at Norland College)

Developing a loving pedagogy in the early years.

  • From: Thursday 25 April 2024, 6.30 pm

  • To: Thursday 25 April 2024, 8.30 pm

  • Registration: 6 - 6.30 pm

  • Location: NTU Mansfield Hub, Derby Road, Mansfield, NG18 5BH

  • Booking deadline: Wednesday 24 April 2024, 12.00 am

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SEFDEY National Conference 2023 - Saturday 4th November 


The SEFDEY Conference 2023 considered 'A celebration of Early Childhood' looking at key factors to support practitioners in today's settings. It was also an opportunity for the new SEFDEY book to be officially launched. 

The event provided excellent opportunities for CPD for early years lecturers, HE students,

practitioners, employers, early years advisors and policymakers. The event united those with a professional and personal interest in Early Years. With key notes from Tamsin Grimmer and Sir Al Aynsley-Green who both provided inspiration for both practice and the profession. 

Hosted once again by Coventry University, we are fortunate to have access to their state-of-the-art facilities created specifically for events such as this.

Click here to see the day 


Click below to see previous years 


The Early Years Handbook for Students and Practitioners: An Essential Guide for the Foundation Degree and Levels 4 and 5

The Early Years Handbook for Students and Practitioners is a comprehensive and accessible course text for all degree level students undertaking programmes related to early years and childhood studies. Designed and written by the SEFDEY Professional Association and a team of new expert contributors, this text provides a balanced approach to the subjects discussed and encourages you to consider and challenge perceptions of early years and to promote good professional practice.


This edition has been extended to cover the learning and development of children from birth to 8 years and features new chapters on research, risk, neuroscience, the environment and more. Divided into four parts - The Student-Practitioner-Professional; The Learning and Development of Children 0-8; The Child, Family and Society; and The Senior Practitioner-Professional - the book covers all aspects of working with young children and engages you with theory that is explicitly linked to your practice.


In each chapter, the book seeks to help you develop your professional identity and includes:

  • Activities to help you to reflect on your own practice

  • Debates and dilemmas to promote discussion between students and colleagues

  • Real-life case studies and photographs to illustrate key points

  • Extended "reflective thinking" boxes outlining key research in the field and implications for practice

  • Suggestions for key projects to help those looking for research topics

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Upon graduating with a Sector Endorsed Foundation Degree a learner should be able to demonstrate appropriate knowledge and understanding and have demonstrated in the workplace that they can a comprehensive range of critical processes.

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