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Take the survey: Working Mothers

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Take the survey: Working Mothers Copyrighted image Credit: 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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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 Credit: 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...

What is obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

What is obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)? Creative commons image Credit: Ms. Tina under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 31 Jul 2012
Find out more about obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), an anxiety related disorder in which people worry excessively about particular issues

What is dyslexia?

What is dyslexia? Creative commons image Credit: Les Cunliffe | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 31 Jul 2012
Find out more about dyslexia, a learning difficulty that causes people to experience problems in learning to read and spell fluently

Protecting our children through tough decisions

Protecting our children through tough decisions Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 24 Jan 2012
Working on a series looking at the lives of social workers reminded Lucy Rai of the challenges of doing the "right" thing.

Olympics 2012: Keeping it in the family

Olympics 2012: Keeping it in the family Creative commons image Credit: pyrat_wesly under CC-BY-NC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Sep 2011
Family and location play a vital role in an athlete's success. Find out how with these articles and videos. 

Sexualisation and gender stereotyping? One response to the Bailey review

Sexualisation and gender stereotyping? One response to the Bailey review Creative commons image Credit: Catherine Pain
Updated 07 Jun 2011
The Bailey Review on the sexualisation of children is concerned with reinforcing cultural norms, not challenging them, says Meg Barker.

Attachment to parents

Attachment to parents Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 13 Jun 2007
The study of the relationships that infants (usually between 12 months and 24 months) have with parents has been much influenced by a standardised...

Participation through play

Participation through play Copyrighted image Credit: Production team
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Dec 2005
Lucy Rai explains that play helps all adults gain a better understanding of young children’s thoughts, feelings and ideas - not just the...

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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....

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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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 22 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 22 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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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 3000 hours Updated 22 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 in Working Together for Children

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Certificate in Working Together for Children Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 600 hours Updated 22 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 22 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...

Diploma of Higher Education in Childhood Practice

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Diploma of Higher Education in Childhood Practice Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 22 Dec 2014
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 Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 22 Dec 2014
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...

Diploma of Higher Education Open

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Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 22 Dec 2014
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

BA (Honours) Childhood and Youth Studies

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BA (Honours) Childhood and Youth Studies Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 22 Dec 2014
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 Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3000 hours Updated 22 Dec 2014
Do you work with young children? Do you want to boost your career and develop your practice? This degree course provides a solid, practical...