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Do animals really raise human babies as their own?

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Do animals really raise human babies as their own? Copyright free image Copyright free: Yellowstone National Park New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 May 2016
Myth, history and popular culture tells of children raised by wolves and more. Do these stories have any basis in truth?

The Hairy Bikers Interviews: Dave Myers on the shared benefits of the 'Old School' project

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 May 2016
In this short, exclusive clip Hairy Biker, Dave Myers, looks at how the shared benefits of 'Old School' are unlike any other mentoring project....

The Hairy Bikers Interviews: Si King on how older people benefit from young people

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 May 2016
In this short video Hairy Biker, Si King, touches on how loneliness is combated in an intergenerational project like 'Old School'. 

What does it take to mentor young offenders?

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What does it take to mentor young offenders? Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 29 Apr 2016
What are the peaks and challenges that face mentors guiding young offenders? What's in like to mentor generally? Explore in our videos with...

Debate: Should we bring the older and younger generations together more?

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Updated 25 Apr 2016
Do you feel people are unfairly stereotyped on the basis of age? Do you think the older and younger generations have lack or understanding or...

Old School With The Hairy Bikers

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Updated 18 Apr 2016
Teenagers and pensioners are the most marginalised age groups in society. Can the Hairy Bikers transform their lives with a radical project?

When do children develop a sense of gender?

When do children develop a sense of gender? Creative commons image Brian Sawyer under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 31 Mar 2016
Young children are flexible about their ideas of gender - but, for most, that flexibility soon vanishes. When do ideas about gender become fixed in...

Intergenerational perceptions: Busting age-related stereotypes

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Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 16 Mar 2016
It's fair to say, the majority of people hold certain judgments about older and younger generations. Bust some misconceptions here...

World Social Work Day

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Introductory level Updated 14 Mar 2016
March 15th is World Social Work Day. Explore social work in more detail with our range of free resources including interactives and free courses....

Do children exercise less in winter?

Do children exercise less in winter? Creative commons image Scorpions & Centaurs under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Feb 2016
New research suggests that when the weather gets colder, and days shorter, children exercise less.

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Early years team work and leadership

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Early years team work and leadership
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 12 Apr 2016
This free course, Early years team work and leadership, explores aspects of teamwork and leadership for early years practitioners.

Understanding society: Families

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Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 18 Mar 2016
In this free course, Understanding society: Families, you will explore how different families have different ideas about how work in the home...

Understanding children: Babies being heard

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Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 18 Mar 2016
In this free course, Understanding children: Babies being heard, you will find out some of the things that very young babies can do. You will also...

Introduction to child psychology

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Introduction to child psychology
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 26 Feb 2016
Childhood is a time of rapid growth and development, and studying these changes is endlessly stimulating. In this free course, Introduction to...

Issues in research with children and young people

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Issues in research with children and young people
Advanced level Duration 7 hours Updated 17 Feb 2016
This free course, Issues in research with children and young people, considers the aims and range of research with children and young people....

Infants’ understanding of their social world

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Infants’ understanding of their social world Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 12 hours Updated 17 Feb 2016
In this free course, Infants' understanding of their social world, we draw on a wide range of psychological research to address the question of...

Children and young people’s participation

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Children and young people’s participation
Advanced level Duration 12 hours Updated 17 Feb 2016
Listening to children is a first step in the participation agenda, which is reasonably well established. By contrast, enabling children to share in...

Attachment in the early years

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Attachment in the early years Copyrighted image Copyright: iStock
Intermediate level Duration 6 hours Updated 16 Feb 2016
This free course, Attachment in the early years, covers theory and research in the area of attachment in early childhood. In the 1950s, John Bowlby...

Partnerships and networks in work with young people

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Partnerships and networks in work with young people
Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 16 Feb 2016
The term 'partnership' is used to describe a wide range of organisational arrangements and ways of working: from informal networking between...

Childhood in crisis?

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Childhood in crisis?
Intermediate level Duration 6 hours Updated 16 Feb 2016
This free course, Childhood in crisis?, explores an idea much repeated in minority-world media that childhood is in crisis. Looking at this idea...

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Certificate of Higher Education in Youth Justice (England and Wales)

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Certificate of Higher Education in Youth Justice (England and Wales) Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 26 May 2016
Do you work with young people in the youth justice system? Would you like to study for a qualification that will have a real impact on your...

Top-up BA (Honours) Early Years

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Top-up BA (Honours) Early Years Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 26 May 2016
This pathway enables experienced practitioners with a Foundation Degree in Early Years (normally sector endorsed) to enhance their professional...

Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 26 May 2016
If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this certificate course is ideal. It’s part of our unique Open...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 26 May 2016
Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a statistic we’re proud of – the BA/BSc Open is one of the most...

Foundation Degree in Youth Justice (England and Wales)

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Foundation Degree in Youth Justice (England and Wales) Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 26 May 2016
How can we improve the lives of children and young people who are ‘in trouble’? For professionals and volunteers working within a criminal justice...

Certificate of Higher Education in Working with Young People

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Certificate of Higher Education in Working with Young People Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 26 May 2016
Do you have experience of working with young people in informal settings such as youth clubs, youth organisations like the Guides or Scouts, or...

Professional Certificate in Effective Practice (Youth Justice)

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Professional Certificate in Effective Practice (Youth Justice) Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 600 hours Updated 26 May 2016
This qualification is for you if you work in the area of youth justice. It will deepen your knowledge and critical understanding of the youth...

Certificate in Working Together for Children

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Certificate in Working Together for Children Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 600 hours Updated 26 May 2016
Working with children requires practitioners to develop knowledge, skills, and values in a wide range of topics such as communication, transitions,...

Certificate of Higher Education in Early Years Professional Practice

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Certificate of Higher Education in Early Years Professional Practice Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 26 May 2016
If you work with young children aged from birth to seven years and want to develop your practice and professional skills, this certificate could be...

CertHE in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Primary Schools

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CertHE in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Primary Schools Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 26 May 2016
Do you work in a primary school supporting children’s learning? This is one of the fastest growing occupational groups in the UK. If you’re a...