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Sector-Endorsed Foundation Degrees in Early Years Professional Association

Details of our NEW conference dates below

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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.


Official Launch day of the SEFDEY book 

SEFDEY National Conference 2023

Saturday 4th November - Location C U Coventry, CV1 2TU
To book your tickets follow this link 


Our SEFDEY Conference aims to consider 'A celebration of Early Childhood' looking at key factors to support practitioners in today's settings. There will also be an opportunity to see the new SEFDEY book launched this year and meet the chapter authors. 

We are extremely pleased to be able to welcome everyone back this year to our face-to-face annual conference by offering an affordable rate to all our members and guests. There will also be options for non-members.

The event provides excellent opportunities for CPD for early years lecturers, HE students, practitioners, employers, early years advisors and policymakers. Anyone with a professional interest in Early Years is welcome to attend.  You will learn from our two outstanding keynote speakers:

1st Keynote Presentation:

Tamsin Grimmer

2nd Keynote Presentation:

Sir Al Aynsley-Green 

Certificates of attendance can be requested and sent via email following the event.

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.


To book your place follow the link for Celebration of Childhood on Eventbrite 


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.

Some recent publications by SEFDEY members

SEFDEY Aims, Membership and Strucutre


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