FREE ONLINE TRAINING

Did you know there are lots of ways that you can continue your own professional development, online and for free??

Below are some links to FREE courses at the Open University – they are very useful, informative and give a great deal of knowledge and understanding in each area of interest; did I mention they were FREE!!!

You can work at your own rate, in your own time and in areas of your own personal interest.  Enjoy x

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Attachment in the Early Years

  • Duration – 6 Hours

  • Level – Intermediate

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • describe attachment classifications and how they are assessed

  • describe the features of caregiving that influence attachment, and the significance of attachment for lifespan development

  • discuss why the attachment system is an adapted and adaptive mechanism

  • recognise the need for ethical conduct in research carried out with children

  • describe the ethics principles of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and explain how research can be conducted ethically in line with these principles.

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Childhood In Crisis

  • Duration – 6 Hours

  • Level – Intermediate

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • explore the concept of childhood and some of the ways minority-world childhood is characterised as ‘in crisis’

  • develop ideas on how childhood may be constructed

  • develop an awareness of the ways in which the notion of crisis may have practical consequences for children’s lives, identities and experiences.

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Childhood in the Digital Age

  • Duration – 12 Hours

  • Level – Introductory

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • describe the range of digital technologies used by children

  • list the main concerns that have been raised about harmful effects of digital technologies on children’s development

  • discuss differences among types of digital technology

  • evaluate arguments for and against digital technologies being beneficial for children’s development

  • suggest ways in which children can be helped to benefit from engaging with the digital world and to avoid the risks.

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Children and young peoples participation

  • Duration – 12 Hours

  • Level – Advanced

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • define the complexity of participation for children and young people

  • compare and contrast different cultural perspectives and experiences of participation

  • reflect critically on personal professional practice and assumptions regarding participation.

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Continuity and Learning

  • Duration – 12 Hours

  • Level – Introductory

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • identify specific dimensions of workplace learning

  • understand the concept of biographical learning

  • plan and carry out an informal interview about lifelong learning.

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Early Years team work and leadership

  • Duration – 8 Hours

  • Level – Introductory

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • understand the concept of leadership in the early years

  • demonstrate an awareness of factors that influence leadership and teamwork

  • understand how teamwork can support leadership skills

  • reflect on personal leadership and teamwork skills.

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Exploring Children’s Learning

  • Duration – 20 hours

  • Level – Intermediate

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • describe the key features of behaviourist, social learning, constructivist and social constructivist theories of development

  • evaluate critically these four theories

  • illustrate their application to practical issues in child development.

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Infants’ understanding of their social world

  • Duration – 12 Hours

  • Level – Advanced

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • define what psychologists mean by ‘rich’ understanding

  • compare and contrast the different perspectives of psychologists who argue that infants have a rich understanding of their social world

  • critically evaluate the role that the infant plays during infant–adult social interactions

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Introduction to Child Psychology

  • Duration – 8 Hours

  • Level – Introductory

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • understand the discipline of child psychology as an area of study

  • understand how theories try to explain children’s development

  • discuss important questions that are central to child psychology

  • understand how child psychologists work in different applied settings.

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Parents and Toddlers: Teaching and Learning at Home

  • Duration – 20 Hours

  • Level – Advanced

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • discuss how children’s early experiences with their parents/caregivers, siblings and peers contribute to the learning of new skills and problem-solving techniques

  • understand how parents/caregivers use talk and play in informal teaching and learning exchanges with toddlers and young children to communicate social and cultural practices

  • understand key psychological and educational theories and concepts relating to children’s social development and mental growth

  • appreciate the features of effective teaching used by parents and other adults in informal learning settings such as the home

  • appreciate why researchers rely on detailed observation of video-data to develop an understanding of the psychological processes that take place during teaching and learning interactions between young children and their parents/caregivers.

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Parents as Partners

  • Duration – 16 Hours

  • Level – Introductory

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • understand some priniciples underpinning early years legislation, policy and practice

  • understand some requirements of local and national frameworks both statutory and non statutory which guide the education and provision of early years settings and the work of children’s services in safeguarding and promoting children’s welfare

  • identify and reflect on personal values and those of others

  • reflect on personal experience and practice, identify strengths and weaknesses, and apply this to practice issues

  • develop the ability to work and communicate effectively with parents, families, colleagues and other professionals to safeguard and promote children’s welfare and to support children’s development and learning.

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Play, Learning and the Brain

  • Duration – 15 Hours

  • Level – Intermediate

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • demonstrate an awareness of current understanding of the structure and function of the brain

  • understand and critically analyse the linked concepts of brain-based learning and brain-based education

  • understand the role of play in brain development

  • recognise practical strategies for developing the curriculum to facilitate children’s learning through play and other rich learning experiences.

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The Role of Play in Children’s Learning

  • Duration – 15 Hours

  • Level – Intermediate

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • examine the place play has in the curriculum framework/guidance or documents most relevant to a personal setting

  • identify various definitions of play

  • demonstrate an awareness of ideas about the value of play and adults’ attitudes towards play

  • consider play in a personal setting and understand children’s perceptions of play

  • demonstrate an awareness of issues such as gender and play and children’s right to play.

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Understanding Children; Babies being heard

  • Duration – 5 Hours

  • Level – Introductory

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • understand what very young babies can do

  • understand how adults and older children involve babies fully in everyday life and help them feel value.

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Understanding early years environments and children’s spaces

  • Duration – 6 Hours

  • Level – Intermediate

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • reflect on personal learning practices, identifying strengths and areas for improvement

  • analyse perspectives on how young children learn and develop

  • demonstrate a critical understanding of young children’s environments

  • analyse how early years practitioners can support young children’s learning.

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The ‘why’ and ‘what’ of educational leadership and management

  • Duration – 8 Hours

  • Level – Advanced

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • understand educational leadership and management both as a subject of study and as a field of practice

  • identify current and emerging leadership situations and issues through analysis

  • consider views of what constitutes ‘good’ leadership and management

  • gain insights into the potential for ‘capacity building’ in educational organisations.

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