Early Child Development - Foundation

Producer: Virtual College Ltd

Duration: 1.5 hours.
This product is an online product and is a single-user, 1-year licence.
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CPD Certified - on average contributes 1 - 2 hours towards your CPD.

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.

The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.

This module 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.
This product allows the student to print a certificate from the course on sucessful completion.

The recommended settings to run this course are:

- Minimum Internet Explorer 6/Netscape Navigator 7
- Flash enabled – Minimum V6
- Popup windows enabled
- Minimum Windows 2000 Operating System
- Authorware may also need to be installed for some courses


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This course covers the following topics:

- Welcome and Learning Objectives
- Introduction
- Theories and Related Issues
- Stages of Development
- Attachment
- Vulnerability and Resilience
- Why is Child Development Important to Practice?


On completion of this 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

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