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Early adopters: What are smartphones doing to children?

Early adopters: What are smartphones doing to children? Creative commons image Steve Paine under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 09 Jun 2016
Children - very young children - are adept at using iPads and other touchscreen technologies. Should we worry? Probably not, says Olivia Solon.

OpenLearn Live: 7th June 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 7th June 2016 Creative commons image Colin Baxter under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Jun 2016
Does an altar cloth in a church in Herefordshire have a link to Elizabeth I? Plus boxing, football - and the smell of babies. Free learning through...

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
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?

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...

Archive course extract: Attachment theory

Archive course extract: Attachment theory Copyrighted image Copyright: Production team
Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 11 Jan 2016
This extract is from a course no longer in presentation at The Open University, and is online for archive purposes only. How do children come to...

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.

Child of Our Time: Try our childhood surveys

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Child of Our Time: Try our childhood surveys Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 03 Mar 2015
We've run a series of surveys about aspects of childhood over the last few years - try them here, and tell us what you think.

Take the survey: Working Mothers

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Take the survey: Working Mothers Copyrighted image Copyright: Godfer | Dreamstime.com
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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Take the survey: Sibling Rivalry Copyrighted image Copyright: Imagepointphoto | Dreamstime.com
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...

Find out more about child development in the early years

Find out more about child development in the early years Copyrighted image Copyright: John Oates
Introductory level Updated 26 Feb 2013
Download the Early Years Developmental Journal to find out more about child development in the early years, and how you can record a child’s...

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Understanding society: Families

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Understanding society: Families Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
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...

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...

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...

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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 30 Sep 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 30 Sep 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 30 Sep 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...

Certificate in Working Together for Children

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Certificate in Working Together for Children Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 600 hours Updated 30 Sep 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 30 Sep 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...

Diploma of Higher Education Open

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Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 30 Sep 2016
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

Diploma of Higher Education in Childhood Practice

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Diploma of Higher Education in Childhood Practice Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 30 Sep 2016
The first few years of children’s lives are crucial to their development and opportunities in later life – and the adults who work with them are...

Foundation Degree in Early Years

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Foundation Degree in Early Years Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 30 Sep 2016
The first few years of children’s lives are crucial to their development and opportunities in later life – and the adults who work with them are...

BA (Honours) Childhood and Youth Studies

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BA (Honours) Childhood and Youth Studies Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 30 Sep 2016
What makes young people tick? What shapes and influences children’s development? How can the adults who work with children support them more...

BA (Honours) Early Years

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BA (Honours) Early Years Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 30 Sep 2016
Do you work with young children? Do you want to boost your career and develop your practice? This degree course provides a solid, practical...