This Award has been specifically designed to equip students with theoretical knowledge, understanding and the applicable skills for a successful employment trajectory within the Early Childhood Educational Care (ECEC) sector.

The programme provides the required experiences to link theory to practice, developing skills and competencies as well as personal qualities and attitudes which are essential for an early year’s practitioner. During the course, students will be encouraged to engage in pedagogical critical and reflective discussions, whilst field internships will help them to acquire the required leadership skills needed to provide young children with the appropriate developmental opportunities.

Knowledge: Learners will be exposed to the theoretical and practical features of early years child development, early years learning and forms of best practice. Learners will learn factual and theoretical knowledge on how to implement, maintain and sustain early years learning and development within early years childcare provision. (Further breakdown can be seen in the individual modules listed below).

Skills: Learners will master a range of developmental, cognitive and practical skills to provide solutions to specific problems in early years settings. (Further breakdown can be seen in the individual modules listed below).

Competencies: Learners will be able to exercise self-management within the context of early years provision. Learners will be able to implement specific strategies, conducive to the needs of young children under their care. In doing so, they will be competent and fully aware of the importance of providing a responsive, caring, safe and nurturing environment, whereby the educational activities on offer for children will be age appropriate and designed to scaffold early years learning and development.

Malta/EU Fee


Flexi-payment terms available.



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12 Months


March, 2020





Accredited by

Malta Further and Higher Education Authority

The Malta Further and Higher Education Authority (MFHEA) was officially launched on the 8th January 2021 and is legislated by the revised Education Act which came into force on the 1st January 2021. Our tagline is ‘Quality Education for Confident Futures.’
Our mission statement is:

“to foster the development and achievement of excellence in further and higher education in Malta through research, effective licensing, accreditation, quality assurance, and recognition of qualifications established under the Malta Qualifications Framework.”

The MFHEA focuses on:

providing accreditation to further and higher educational institutions;
providing accreditation to programmes or courses of studies at further and higher education levels;
quality assurance of both educational institutions and programmes or courses;
recognition of obtained national or international qualifications as well as prospective qualifications;
validation of informal and non-formal learning;
research and policy recommendation on issues related to further and higher education.
The MFHEA is an independent, transparent, and international authority. We work to ensure the highest standards and to foster a competent community of empowered individuals, with the right skills to follow their dreams and make the future happen.

Entry Criteria

Learners are required to be 16+ years of age, possess either;

  • Minimum of 5 SEC/O’Level subjects of which; 3 O’Level subjects must include, Mathematics, English (Language and/or Literature), Maltese, at grade 5 or better and any other 2 O’Level subject at grade 7 or better.


  • Successful completion of a related MQF Level 3 Foundation/Certificate Qualification (for example, Health & Social Care/ Art & Design / Sports or Performing Arts)


  • Mature students (+23 years at the start of the academic year applied for), subject to proficiency and/or aptitude tests as directed by the Academy. AVANZA also reserves the right to hold a course application interview prior to acceptance.

Mode of Assessment

  • Essay format and carrying 50% of module mark.
  • Exam format and carrying 25% of the module mark.
  • Observation assessment within class/group/professional discussion/participation/ placement observation  (25% of the module mark).


Ms. Georgina Fardoe


Avanza Academy

Avanza Academy,
1-2, Notabile Road,
Birkirkara, BKR1876,

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