12/19/2014 | EDUCATION Page ContentIt’s common knowledge that the first part of any child’s life plays the most vital role in their life. The benefit of early childhood development courses is that they allow you as a teacher to change this point in their life from vulnerability to opportunity.It might come as a bit of a shock to you that up to 1 in 4 have developmental difficulties. These difficulties can range from holding crayons to following instructions to getting along with other children. This can make kindergarten and primary school a challenging time for them.But your expertise, help and caring can mean a big difference for those children who struggle as well as for those who don’t have these difficulties. It's a matter of the right training. With a teaching degree specialising in early childhood development or ECD you’ll have the chance to really contribute meaningfully.Studies have shown that brain development and later school performance depend a lot on input at this early stage. This means that the quality of interaction, or how much you’re willing to put into working with kids, will have positive long-lasting effects. Varsity College is a brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE), we offer tuition support for the BEd (ECD: foundation phase) degree. Our interactive learning environments and blended learning approach encourage you to formulate arguments and express your opinions. Our collaborative approach to education welcomes you to actively participate in your studies, engage with subject material, build understanding and develop your ability to think critically. The IIE degrees, diplomas and higher certificates are offered at Varsity College campuses. In addition, we offer tuition support for qualifications conferred by the IMM Graduate Institute of Marketing (IMM GSM) and have academic partnerships with international institutions such as the Open University (OU) from United Kingdom and International College of Hotel Management (ICHM). If you’re interested in the BEd degree, or you’d like to enquire about other programmes available to you, contact Varsity College or visit the Varsity College website at: http://www.varsitycollege.co.za.