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Knowledge in everyday life

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This free course, Knowledge in everyday life, is designed to help those working with children between the ages of 3 and 8. You will be encouraged to explore your knowledge, feelings and attitudes in language, mathematics and science in order to understand the place that these subjects have in the life of both individuals and society as a whole.

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • demonstrate an awareness of knowledge, attitudes and feelings in each subject area
  • identify, in each subject, areas of knowledge where a deepened understanding is or is not required
  • understand more fully the place that language, mathematics and science have in the everyday life of individuals and societies.

By: The Open University

  • Duration 12 hours
  • Updated Tuesday 16th February 2016
  • Intermediate level
  • Posted under Educational Practice
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Knowledge in everyday life


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The course focuses on the knowledge, learning and thinking of children aged between 3 and 8 years old. It has been written for an audience of practitioners working in the full range of early years care and education settings: you may be a teaching assistant in an early years class, a nursery nurse, a playgroup worker or leader, or a childminder; you may work voluntarily in an early years setting. But whatever the context in which you are working, we expect you to be working there regularly, for at least five hours per week, with children in this 3–8 years age range. This is an important condition because we ask you to relate your theoretical learning to your experience of working with children. To work with children, even in a voluntary capacity, you will need to undergo certain official checks – for example, those relating to criminal records. This process will almost certainly have been carried out when you began working in your setting, but we advise you to check that it has in fact happened.

This OpenLearn course provides a sample of Level 2 study in Education, Childhood & Youth qualifications [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

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