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Free course: Childhood in the digital age

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Free course: Childhood in the digital age Copyrighted image Copyright: Monkey Business Image | Dreamstime.com Updated content
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,...

Sometimes a bunny is just a bunny: The Playboy brand and sexualisation of children

Sometimes a bunny is just a bunny: The Playboy brand and sexualisation of children Copyrighted image Copyright: Michalakis Ppalis | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 09 Dec 2015
Beyond the tabloid-fuelled rage at Playboy products apparently aimed at children is a much more nuanced relationship with the Bunny brand.

Why do transgender students need safe bathrooms?

Why do transgender students need safe bathrooms? Creative commons image James Green under CC-BY-ND licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 20 Nov 2015
Which bathroom transgender people use has become a flashpoint in a lot of educational institutions - and other public spaces are likely to follow....

Michael Johnson on early childhood specialisation

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Michael Johnson on early childhood specialisation Copyrighted image 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...

Why are young men worldwide experiencing mental health crises?

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Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 19 Oct 2015
Everywhere around the world, the suicide rates amongst men outstrips that of women. The writer Will Storr hears some stories - and asks why.

Rugby: A sport for sampling or specialisation?

Rugby: A sport for sampling or specialisation? Creative commons image 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.

Bringing up Britain

Bringing up Britain Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Aug 2015
Mariella Frostrup presents the series that explores the complex realities of parenting in today's Britain.

Making a difference: Youth participation

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Making a difference: Youth participation Copyrighted image 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?

Do we really listen to children and young people? Creative commons image 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.

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Childhood in crisis?

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Childhood in crisis?
Intermediate level Duration 6 hours Updated 17 Dec 2015
This free course, Childhood in crisis?, explores an idea much repeated in minority-world media that childhood is in crisis. Looking at this idea...

Early years team work and leadership

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Early years team work and leadership
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 08 Dec 2015
This free course, Early years team work and leadership, explores aspects of teamwork and leadership for early years practitioners.

Attachment in the early years

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Attachment in the early years Copyrighted image Copyright: iStock
Intermediate level Duration 6 hours Updated 17 Jun 2015
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 14 May 2015
The term 'partnership' is used to describe a wide range of organisational arrangements and ways of working: from informal networking between...

Professional relationships with young people

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Professional relationships with young people Copyrighted image Copyright: © John Birdsall
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 13 May 2015
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...

The range of work with young people

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The range of work with young people
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 07 Apr 2015
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...

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 24 Feb 2015
In this free course, Infants' understanding of their social world, we draw on a wide range of psychological research to address the question of...

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 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 01 Sep 2014
This free course, Issues in research with children and young people, considers the aims and range of research with children and young people....

Understanding children: Babies being heard

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Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 12 Feb 2014
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...

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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 06 Feb 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 06 Feb 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 06 Feb 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 06 Feb 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 06 Feb 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 06 Feb 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 06 Feb 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 06 Feb 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 06 Feb 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 06 Feb 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...