Free online course explores child development
A free online course will challenge the “children’s workforce” to explore new ways of understanding child development.
The Rethinking Child Development module was developed by the Childhood Studies team at Glyndŵr University in Wrexham and will appeal to anyone working in the sector.
The short course will target resilience, wellbeing and holistic development - physically and mentally – and provide students with the opportunity to give opinions on how the industry can improve, according to programme leader Liz Sheen.
Liz said that understanding child development is critical to working successfully with children, and that knowledge gained on the module is rarely questioned, challenged or extended.
It will support practitioners to scrutinise their current expertise and experience and to extend their thinking and practice by asking questions such as: How does my understanding of the child and childhood influence how I view child development?; Where has my current understanding of child development come from?; What’s next for child development?
“To take you on this learning journey you will be helped by experienced tutors working online,” said Liz.
“We offer supported learning and there will be chat forums and Moodle messaging so that everyone can discuss the session content, offer each other help and advice and generate discussions about the topic.”
The course has adopted an easy to follow session structure, where you can listen to an introduction, discover new materials, chat to your fellow students and reflect on your own learning.
Liz added: "It all builds confidence and means that students can interact with the course materials, as well as completing an online quiz and a short child case study to gain the 20 HE credits at Level 4.”
To join, students will need to have a level 3 qualification in a subject relevant to working with children or be in current full or part-time employment (paid or voluntary) within the children’s workforce.
“We are trying to make the course as accessible as possible while offering maximum support to help students succeed,” said Liz.
“Opening up courses like this allows people to study and work at the same time, which is one of our major selling points.”
Students are welcome to give the online learning course a try for free this year as the Welsh institution’s launch offer is designed to attract people who want to make a difference in the children’s workforce as well as their own personal development.
“With people joining our Childhood Studies online programmes from as far away as Mexico, Thailand and all over the UK, Glyndŵr University is ready to support the discipline of Childhood Studies to grow and become even stronger in the years ahead,” added Liz.
Rethinking Child Development runs for 10 weeks.
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