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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 discover how babies can contribute to family life and relationships from birth. You will look at what they need from other adults and children, and what they can learn.
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- understand what very young babies can do
- understand how adults and older children involve babies fully in everyday life and help them feel value.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 People right from the start
- 2 Babies are people too!
- 3 Watching babies
- 4 Learning and growing
- 5 Promoting development
- 6 Difference and young children
- 7 Different babies, different families
- 8 Conclusion
- Keep on learning
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Understanding children: Babies being heard
In this course 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 relationships from birth. You will look at what they need from other adults and children, and what they can learn.
Using a video extract, you will observe and listen to young babies in action, and learn from them.
If you are a parent or carer. You can consider your role in helping to give babies a good start in life.
Section 1 will introduce you to the family who are the subject of the case studies throughout the course. The family is fictional, and used as a teaching tool to introduce you to the learning material. Despite being fictional, we hope that its members will become believable figures.
The family is made up from the combined experiences of families and friends and those we know about from our own, and other people’s research.
Jodie Watkins is a part-time recruitment consultant. Her partner is Eamon McLaughlin. They have a 12 month old daughter, Mia. Jodie also has two children from a previous relationship with Graham Adunola, a 30 year old retail manager – Ryan, who is 4 years and 6 months old, and Daisy, who is 10 years and 6 months.
The family extends to include Jodie's retired parents, Michael and Grace, and Graham's aunt, Rosalind. All three are retired and in their sixties.
This OpenLearn course provides a sample of level 1 study in Education, Childhood & Youth
This free course includes adapted extracts from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Early Years courses or view the range of currently available OU Early Years courses.
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Originally published: Friday, 18th March 2016
Last updated on: Friday, 18th March 2016
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