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  • Family Fortunes: Could you help a family in crisis?

    Families need support for different reasons - and families may need differing approaches to the same challenges....

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    30 Jan 2017

  • Family Fortunes: Could you help a family in crisis?

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    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 30 Jan 2017
    Families need support for different reasons - and families may need differing approaches to the same challenges. How well can you connect families and...
  • Child of Our Time: Try our surveys Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC

    Child of Our Time: Try our surveys

    By John Oates

    How does your sense of self compare with other people? How good are you at performing complex tasks? How do you and...

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    15 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    23 Jan 2017

  • Child of Our Time: Try our surveys

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    Child of Our Time: Try our surveys Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC
    Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 23 Jan 2017
    How does your sense of self compare with other people? How good are you at performing complex tasks? How do you and your children cope with stress? Try our...
  • Early adopters: What are smartphones doing to children? Creative commons image Icon Steve Paine under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license

    Early adopters: What are smartphones doing to children?

    By Olivia Solon

    Children - very young children - are adept at using iPads and other touchscreen technologies. Should we worry?...

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    Article

    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    09 Jun 2016

  • Early adopters: What are smartphones doing to children?

    Early adopters: What are smartphones doing to children? Creative commons image Icon 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 Creative commons image Icon Colin Baxter under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    OpenLearn Live: 7th June 2016

    By The OpenLearn team

    Does an altar cloth in a church in Herefordshire have a link to Elizabeth I? Plus boxing, football - and the smell of...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    07 Jun 2016

  • OpenLearn Live: 7th June 2016

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    OpenLearn Live: 7th June 2016 Creative commons image Icon 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 the day...
  • Do animals really raise human babies as their own? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Yellowstone National Park

    Do animals really raise human babies as their own?

    By Samantha Hurn

    Myth, history and popular culture tells of children raised by wolves and more. Do these stories have any basis in...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    25 May 2016

  • 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 Icon 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? Creative commons image Icon Brian Sawyer under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    When do children develop a sense of gender?

    By Dr Vanessa LoBue

    Young children are flexible about their ideas of gender - but, for most, that flexibility soon vanishes. When do...

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    Article

    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    31 Mar 2016

  • When do children develop a sense of gender?

    When do children develop a sense of gender? Creative commons image Icon 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 children...
  • Archive course extract: Attachment theory Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Production team

    Archive course extract: Attachment theory

    By The OpenLearn team

    This extract is from a course no longer in presentation at The Open University, and is online for archive purposes...

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    10 mins

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    11 Jan 2016

  • Archive course extract: Attachment theory

    Archive course extract: Attachment theory Copyrighted image Icon 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 develop...
  • Bringing up Britain Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC

    Bringing up Britain

    Mariella Frostrup presents the series that explores the complex realities of parenting in today's Britain.

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    Radio Programme

    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    27 Aug 2015

  • Bringing up Britain

    Bringing up Britain Copyrighted image Icon 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.
  • Take the survey: Working Mothers Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Godfer | Dreamstime.com

    Take the survey: Working Mothers

    By Kieron Sheehy, Professor Mary Jane Kehily

    Is work working for our kids? Will shared parental leave give working mothers a more fulfilling career? Share your...

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    28 Jan 2014

  • Take the survey: Working Mothers

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    Take the survey: Working Mothers Copyrighted image Icon 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 Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Imagepointphoto | Dreamstime.com

    Take the survey: Sibling Rivalry

    By Kieron Sheehy

    Does sibling rivalry have a positive or negative effect on children's development? How should parents deal with it?...

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    21 Jan 2014

  • Take the survey: Sibling Rivalry

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    Take the survey: Sibling Rivalry Copyrighted image Icon 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 discussion.

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  • Understanding society: Families

    In this free course, Understanding society: Families, you will explore how different families have different ideas about how work in the home...

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    5 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    18 Mar 2016

  • Understanding society: Families

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    Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 18 Mar 2016
    In this free course, Understanding society: Families, you will explore how...
  • Understanding children: Babies being heard

    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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    5 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    18 Mar 2016

  • Understanding children: Babies being heard

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    Understanding children: Babies being heard Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 18 Mar 2016
    In this free course, Understanding children: Babies being heard, you will find out...
  • Infants’ understanding of their social world

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

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    Free course

    12 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    17 Feb 2016

  • Infants’ understanding of their social world

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    Infants’ understanding of their social world Copyrighted image Icon 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...
  • Attachment in the early years

    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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    6 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    16 Feb 2016

  • Attachment in the early years

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    Attachment in the early years Copyrighted image Icon 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...

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    Top-up BA (Honours) Early Years

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    Top-up BA (Honours) Early Years Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 29 Mar 2017
    This pathway enables experienced practitioners with a Foundation Degree in Early...

    Certificate in Working Together for Children

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    Certificate in Working Together for Children Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 600 hours Updated 29 Mar 2017
    Working with children requires practitioners to develop knowledge, skills, and...

    BA/BSc Open degree

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    BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 29 Mar 2017
    Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a...

    Certificate of Higher Education Open

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    Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 29 Mar 2017
    If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Childhood Practice

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    Diploma of Higher Education in Childhood Practice
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 29 Mar 2017
    The first few years of children’s lives are crucial to their development and...

    Foundation Degree in Early Years

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    Foundation Degree in Early Years Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 29 Mar 2017
    The first few years of children’s lives are crucial to their development and...

    Diploma of Higher Education Open

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    Diploma of Higher Education Open
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 29 Mar 2017
    Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a...

    BA (Honours) Early Years

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    BA (Honours) Early Years Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 29 Mar 2017
    Do you work with young children? Do you want to boost your career and develop your...

    BA (Honours) Childhood and Youth Studies

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    BA (Honours) Childhood and Youth Studies
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 29 Mar 2017
    What makes young people tick? What shapes and influences children’s development?...