The aim of this module is to increase awareness of the main issues around early child development. By providing learners with a better understanding of the key issues in order for them to be able to develop their work in a way that improves outcomes for parents and children.
This module highlights the importance of a wide range of factors that affect the individual pathway along which each child develops. A child’s growth, development and learning are interrelated in complex ways from the moment of conception, all the way through infancy to early childhood and beyond.
On completion of this Virtual College course learners will:
- Have a basic awareness of and be able to describe, the main theoretical concepts linked to child development
- Be able to evaluate information relating to physical, intellectual, linguistic social (including sexual) and emotional development of children and young people
- Recognise the factors that may affect development
- Recognise the factors that may affect development and how early development impacts on future resilience and vulnerability factors in adolescence
- Explore attachment to identify the way in which children develop secure relationships with their carers
- Consider effective practice in relation to child development
Areas covered include:
- Welcome and Learning Objectives
- Theories and Related Issues
- Stages of Development
- Vulnerability and Resilience
- Why is Child Development Important to Practice?
The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines
On completion of this course you will be able to download a Virtual College certificate.
Approximately 1 - 2 hours. The length of time taken depends entirely on how quickly you can study and absorb the material. You can proceed as quickly or slowly as you like, and there is no limit on how long you can take to do the course.
This course is aimed primarily at authorised practitioners who work with children, young people and families, including Teachers; Midwives and Health Visitors; Youth Services and Connexions; Family Support Workers; Childminders; Social Workers; Voluntary and Community Groups; Early Years and Play Workers amongst others.
There are no specific entry requirements for this course.