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What do you know about dyslexia?

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What do you know about dyslexia?
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 29 Oct 2014
Take our quiz on dyslexia to test your knowledge of a condition many people don't understand 

Without fear or favour? School inspection in turbulent times

Without fear or favour? School inspection in turbulent times Creative commons image Credit: Catherine Pain
Updated 17 Apr 2014
The case of Park View School raises questions about Ofsted's independence, writes the OU's Jacqueline Baxter.

Porn licensing isn't the answer

Porn licensing isn't the answer Creative commons image Credit: hansol under CC-BY licence
Updated 04 Apr 2014
The UK government thinks children can be protected from web porn by building barriers. Good luck with that, says Andrew Smith.

Take the survey: Working Mothers

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Updated 28 Jan 2014
Is work working for our kids? Will shared parental leave give working mothers a more fulfilling career? Share your views and join the discussion.

Take the survey: Sibling Rivalry

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Updated 21 Jan 2014
Does sibling rivalry have a positive or negative effect on children's development? How should parents deal with it? Share your views and join the...

How fertility rates affect population

How fertility rates affect population Creative commons image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 07 Nov 2013
Tony Hirst looks at population models and the effects of changing fertility rates.

How much do you know about children in care?

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How much do you know about children in care? Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University. Images: Stephen Collins
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 20 Aug 2013
There are lots of myths surrounding children in care. Can you decipher fact from fiction? Take our quiz to find out

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Introduction to child psychology

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Introduction to child psychology
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 16 Oct 2014
Childhood is a time of rapid growth and development and studying these changes is endlessly stimulating. In this unit you will be introduced 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 01 Sep 2014
This unit considers the aims and range of research with children and young people. Students consider how their own views and understandings about...

Understanding children: Babies being heard

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Understanding children: Babies being heard Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 12 Feb 2014
Here you will find out some of the things very young babies can do. You will also discover how babies can contribute to family life and...

Infants’ understanding of their social world

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Infants’ understanding of their social world Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Masters level Duration 12 hours Updated 21 Jan 2014
Here we draw on a wide range of psychological research to address the question of whether infants have a rich understanding of their social world....

Childhood in crisis?

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Childhood in crisis?
Intermediate level Duration 6 hours Updated 29 Jul 2013
This unit explores an idea much repeated in minority-world media – that childhood is in crisis. Looking at this idea is a starting point for the...

Children and young people’s participation

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Children and young people’s participation
Masters level Duration 12 hours Updated 09 May 2013
Listening to children is a first step in the participation agenda, which is reasonably well established. By contrast, enabling children to share in...

Understanding society: Families

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Understanding society: Families Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 09 Jan 2012
Here you will explore how different families have different ideas about how work in the home should be divided. You will also investigate the...

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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 Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 20 Dec 2014
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 Early Years

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Top-up BA Early Years Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 600 hours Updated 20 Dec 2014
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 Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 20 Dec 2014
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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Duration 3000 hours Updated 20 Dec 2014
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...

Certificate of Higher Education in Working with Young People

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Certificate of Higher Education in Working with Young People Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 20 Dec 2014
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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Duration 600 hours Updated 20 Dec 2014
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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Duration 600 hours Updated 20 Dec 2014
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 Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 20 Dec 2014
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 Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 20 Dec 2014
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...

Foundation Degree in Youth Justice (England and Wales)

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Foundation Degree in Youth Justice (England and Wales) Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 20 Dec 2014
How can we improve the lives of children and young people who are ‘in trouble’? For professionals and volunteers working within a criminal justice...