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  • Five ways you can tell if your child is ‘normal’ Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: © Mcpics | Dreamstime.com - Children with different sizes

    Five ways you can tell if your child is ‘normal’

    By Dr Mathijs Lucassen

    Just about every parent will have googled this question at some time or another. But how do you know whether your...

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    09 Sep 2016

  • Five ways you can tell if your child is ‘normal’

    Five ways you can tell if your child is ‘normal’ Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: © Mcpics | Dreamstime.com - Children with different sizes
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 09 Sep 2016
    Just about every parent will have googled this question at some time or another. But how do you know whether your child really is 'normal'? Here are five...
  • Supporting children's development

    This course will help you develop a deeper understanding of children's development from the ages of 0-17 years.

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    19 Jul 2016

  • Supporting children's development

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    This course will help you develop a deeper understanding of children's development from the ages of 0-17 years.
  • Free course: Childhood in the digital age Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Monkey Business Image | Dreamstime.com

    Free course: Childhood in the digital age

    Try our free course, Childhood in the Digital Age, to get an idea of what it's like to study at the OU and take it...

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    28 Jan 2016

  • Free course: Childhood in the digital age

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    Introductory level Updated 28 Jan 2016
    Try our free course, Childhood in the Digital Age, to get an idea of what it's like to study at the OU and take it further by exploring learning, digital...
  • Michael Johnson on early childhood specialisation Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Moment/ Channel 4

    Michael Johnson on early childhood specialisation

    Is it better for children to focus on one sport or a range of sports? Michael Johnson hears experts’ and athletes’...

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    12 Nov 2015

  • Michael Johnson on early childhood specialisation

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    Michael Johnson on early childhood specialisation Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Moment/ Channel 4
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Nov 2015
    Is it better for children to focus on one sport or a range of sports? Michael Johnson hears experts’ and athletes’ views on childhood specialisation.
  • Rugby: A sport for sampling or specialisation? Creative commons image Icon Kelsey E [[CC BY 2.0]] via Flickr Creative Commons under Creative-Commons license

    Rugby: A sport for sampling or specialisation?

    By Jessica Pinchbeck, The OU Sport & Fitness team

    What are the benefits or risks of specialising in a sport early on? Jessica Pinchbeck discusses early specialisation...

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    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    06 Oct 2015

  • Rugby: A sport for sampling or specialisation?

    Rugby: A sport for sampling or specialisation? Creative commons image Icon Kelsey E [[CC BY 2.0]] via Flickr Creative Commons under Creative-Commons license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 06 Oct 2015
    What are the benefits or risks of specialising in a sport early on? Jessica Pinchbeck discusses early specialisation in rugby.
  • Making a difference: Youth participation Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University

    Making a difference: Youth participation

    Ellie Jones speaks about how young people can participate in community, research and policy driven projects.

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    26 Aug 2015

  • Making a difference: Youth participation

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    Making a difference: Youth participation Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Aug 2015
    Ellie Jones speaks about how young people can participate in community, research and policy driven projects.
  • Do we really listen to children and young people? Creative commons image Icon By Lexie Flickinger [CC BY 2.0], via Flickr Creative Commons under Creative-Commons license

    Do we really listen to children and young people?

    By Victoria Cooper

    Dr Victoria Cooper from the Children's Research Centre discusses enabling participation by children and young people.

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    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    26 Aug 2015

  • Do we really listen to children and young people?

    Do we really listen to children and young people? Creative commons image Icon By Lexie Flickinger [CC BY 2.0], via Flickr Creative Commons under Creative-Commons license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Aug 2015
    Dr Victoria Cooper from the Children's Research Centre discusses enabling participation by children and young people.
  • Professor Nick Plowman discusses proton beam therapy and x-ray radiotherapy Creative commons image Icon Digital cat under CC-BY 2.0 licence under Creative-Commons license

    Professor Nick Plowman discusses proton beam therapy and x-ray radiotherapy

    In this interview taken from BBC Radio 4's World at One, Great Ormond Street Hospital oncologist Nick Plowman...

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    21 Apr 2015

  • Professor Nick Plowman discusses proton beam therapy and x-ray radiotherapy

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    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Apr 2015
    In this interview taken from BBC Radio 4's World at One, Great Ormond Street Hospital oncologist Nick Plowman discusses the pros and cons of various...
  • Delivering difficult news Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Monkey Business Images | Dreamstime.com

    Delivering difficult news

    By Andy Rixon

    Delivering bad news to children and their parents is never an easy task, medical professionals must learn the best...

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    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    08 Apr 2015

  • Delivering difficult news

    Delivering difficult news Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Monkey Business Images | Dreamstime.com
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 08 Apr 2015
    Delivering bad news to children and their parents is never an easy task, medical professionals must learn the best way to do this.
  • Managing children’s pain Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Sergei Razvodovskij | Dreamstime.com

    Managing children’s pain

    By Dr Joan Simons

    Recognising when a child is in pain and trying to relieve this can be complex. In this article Dr Joan Simons draws...

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    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    18 Mar 2015

  • Managing children’s pain

    Managing children’s pain Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Sergei Razvodovskij | Dreamstime.com
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 18 Mar 2015
    Recognising when a child is in pain and trying to relieve this can be complex. In this article Dr Joan Simons draws on her research on children's pain and...

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  • Early years team work and leadership

    This free course, Early years team work and leadership, explores aspects of teamwork and leadership for early years practitioners.

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    8 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    08 Nov 2016

  • Early years team work and leadership

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    Early years team work and leadership
    Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 08 Nov 2016
    This free course, Early years team work and leadership, explores aspects of...
  • Childhood in the digital age

    This free course, Childhood in the digital age, delves into the lives of children and discuss the potential benefits and limitations of technology...

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    12 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    18 Oct 2016

  • Childhood in the digital age

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    Childhood in the digital age Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: © boggy22 (via iStockPhoto.com)
    Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 18 Oct 2016
    This free course, Childhood in the digital age, delves into the lives of children...
  • Introduction to child psychology

    Childhood is a time of rapid growth and development, and studying these changes is endlessly stimulating. In this free course, Introduction to...

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    8 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    26 Feb 2016

  • 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...
  • Issues in research with children and young people

    This free course, Issues in research with children and young people, considers the aims and range of research with children and young people....

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    7 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    17 Feb 2016

  • 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...
  • Children and young people’s participation

    Listening to children is a first step in the participation agenda, which is reasonably well established. By contrast, enabling children to share in...

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    12 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    17 Feb 2016

  • Children and young people’s participation

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    Advanced level Duration 12 hours Updated 17 Feb 2016
    Listening to children is a first step in the participation agenda, which is...
  • Partnerships and networks in work with young people

    The term 'partnership' is used to describe a wide range of organisational arrangements and ways of working: from informal networking between...

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    10 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    16 Feb 2016

  • 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...
  • Childhood in crisis?

    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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    6 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    16 Feb 2016

  • 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...
  • Professional relationships with young people

    In some people's eyes the development of relationships is a good end in itself, as it is in relationships that we express our humanity. Young...

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    8 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    16 Feb 2016

  • Professional relationships with young people

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    Professional relationships with young people Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: © John Birdsall
    Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 16 Feb 2016
    In some people's eyes the development of relationships is a good end in itself, as...
  • The range of work with young people

    This free course, The range of work with young people, identifies some features that we might use to describe the various settings where work with...

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    10 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    16 Feb 2016

  • The range of work with young people

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    The range of work with young people
    Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 16 Feb 2016
    This free course, The range of work with young people, identifies some features...

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    Children and young people's worlds: frameworks for integrated practice

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    Children and young people's worlds: frameworks for integrated practice Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 23 Jan 2017 Register by 21 Sep 2017
    This course engages with a range of critical perspectives on children’s lives and...

    Critical practice with children and young people

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    Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 23 Jan 2017 Register by 21 Sep 2017
    If you work with children and young people, this course will encourage you to take...

    Introduction to working with young people in practice

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    Introduction to working with young people in practice Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 23 Jan 2017 Register by 21 Sep 2017
    Develop the skills needed to work effective with young people – individually and...

    Childhood

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    Childhood Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 23 Jan 2017 Register by 14 Sep 2017
    This interdisciplinary introduction to childhood and youth studies explores what...

    Leading work with young people in practice

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    Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 23 Jan 2017 Register by 21 Sep 2017
    This hands-on, work-based course focuses on effective leadership and management...

    Youth: policy in practice

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    Youth: policy in practice Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 23 Jan 2017 Register by 21 Sep 2017
    This online course continues the development of the critical, practical and...

    Subject knowledge and professional practice in primary schools

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    Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 23 Jan 2017 Register by 21 Sep 2017
    Develop your knowledge and understanding of how learning is supported in the key...

    Issues in research with children and young people

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    Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 23 Jan 2017 Register by 14 Sep 2017
    Examine the research process through studies with young children, children and...

    Children's literature

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    Children's literature Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 23 Jan 2017 Register by 14 Sep 2017
    A broad introduction to the vibrant field of children’s literature studies...

    Extending professional practice in the early years

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    Extending professional practice in the early years Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 23 Jan 2017 Register by 21 Sep 2017
    This module focuses on your professional development, and involves an...