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Early Child Development Foundation

Our Early Child Development - Foundation course looks to educate learners on various issues that may affect child development. Topics within the course include the stages of development, attachment, vulnerabilities and resilience and the importance of child development. From these topics learners will be equipped with the relevant knowledge to be able to adapt their working practices in relation to child development.

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Course Overview

  • Introductory Course
  • 1-2 Study Hours
  • Online Study
  • Self-Printed Certificate
  • 1-2 CPD Hours
  • CPD Certified

Course description

Understanding the importance of early childhood development allows those who work with children as part of their professional role the opportunity to adapt their working practices in a way that improves outcomes for parents and children.

You will learn

  • Describe the main theoretical concepts linked to child development
  • Evaluate information relating to the physical, intellectual, linguistic, social (including sexual) and emotional development of children and young people
  • Recognise factors that may affect development
  • Recognise factors that may affect how early development impacts on future resilience and vulnerability factors in adolescence
  • Explore attachment to identify how children develop secure relationships with their carers
  • Consider effective practice in relation to child development

Who is it for?

Roles including:

  • Authorised practitioners who work with children, young people and families
  • Teachers
  • Midwives and Health Visitors
  • Youth Services and Connexions
  • Family Support Workers
  • Childminders
  • Social Workers
  • Voluntary and Community Groups
  • Early Years and Play Workers
  • Many more

How the online courses work

  • Find a course

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    Alternatively if you already know the title of the training you’re looking for you can use the search bar located in the centre of the homepage and go directly to the course you want.

  • Buy the course

    When buying one of our courses, you will need to enter a valid email address which will be used to create your account with our Learning Management System – Enable – where you will take the training. We will also send your purchase receipt to this email address, and any additional courses purchased in future using the same email address will be added to your system account.

    If you choose to pay via PayPal, we will use the email address linked to your PayPal account to create your Enable system account.

    Once you have purchased a course, you will be able to send this course to other people using your system account with Enable by entering the new learner’s email address so that they may access the training and set up their own system account with our Learning Management System.

    If you are not 100% satisfied with your course then we offer a 30-day, no hassle money-back guarantee. To request a refund, you should email our learner support team with your receipt stating why you would like to be reimbursed. You, or your learners, must not have completed the training in order to make a valid refund claim. Any claim made after the training has been completed will be invalidated.

  • Take the course

    This online course consists of a series of pages in which an instructor will talk learners through the lesson material. Pages may include supporting pictures, graphs, animation or extra sounds to help with the learning where appropriate. Some lessons will include challenges/quizzes to help learners stay engaged and interested in the material. Lessons can be taken in any order and each lesson may be paused and resumed at any stage.

    The course is self-paced so learners decide how fast or slow the training goes. There is no deadline for completion but some of our courses have a test at the end to check that learners have understood the material. If the course has a test at the end then learners are required to achieve a 75% pass mark to successfully complete the course. Once learners have passed the test they are awarded a certificate, which can either be downloaded digitally or sent as a physically copy if this option was chosen when purchasing the course.

  • Your Certificate

    Upon completion of any of our courses, learners will be able to download a digital certificate from Virtual College and will include the accrediting bodies logo where applicable.

    If you have bought the posted certificate option (available on select courses), a high quality, seal embossed, certificate will be sent out by first class post at the beginning of the following working week.


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