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.

SEFDEY Aims, Membership and Strucutre


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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.

2022 National Conference

We are busy planning an exciting 2022 National Conference and promise to send you more details early in the New Year.


We can tell you now that it is going to be held on Saturday 19th March, 2022 and will be hosted by Staffordshire University, in Stoke on Trent. The focus will be on meeting the specific needs of babies and children under three.       Please reserve the date in your diaries and ask your students and colleagues to do the same.


We are planning a hybrid event and we are really looking forward to the opportunity to meet up face to face with some of you again, providing guidelines at the time allow.  Thanks to Staffordshire University’s state of the art digital technology however, there will also be the option for you to fully participate online, so one way or the other, we hope everyone can join us for some thought-provoking presentations, interesting discussion and networking opportunities.


In the meanwhile, everyone on the SEFDEY Committee hopes you stay safe and healthy in these difficult times.  We wish you an enjoyable festive break, with time to relax and recharge your batteries with family and friends.  


Our 2021 conference was a great success.  We were delighted that so many of our SEFDEY students attended and honoured to welcome our three expert speakers, Sandra El Gemayel, Penny Borkett and Aaron Bradbury. You will soon be able to access their talks by clicking on the link below.  You will also find the presentations by student prize winners and and early years researchers.

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Virtual Conference
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Some recent publications by SEFDEY members

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