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Children and the Internet

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Children and the Internet Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 40 mins Updated 28 May 2014
What impact has the internet had on children’s lives? How has the arrival of the web changed children’s exposure to media? ...

Tubman: The Moses of Her People

Tubman: The Moses of Her People Copyright free image Credit: Public domain / The New England Magazine, 1895 via Wikicommons
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 25 Feb 2014
Harriet Tubman led 300 slaves northwards to freedom in 19 trips along the "underground railroad". Dr Will Hardy introduces her story.

OU on the BBC: The Invention of Childhood

OU on the BBC: The Invention of Childhood Copyrighted image Credit: Corbis
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Nov 2013
The invention of childhood is a major 30 part history series exploring British childhood and the experience of British children.

How much do you know about children in care?

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How much do you know about children in care? Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University. Images: Stephen Collins
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 20 Aug 2013
There are lots of myths surrounding children in care. Can you decipher fact from fiction? Take our quiz to find out

Different cultures, different childhoods

Different cultures, different childhoods Copyrighted image Credit: Corbis
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 26 Mar 2013
A 'normal' childhood depends on where you live and when you're born. Heather Montgomery wonders how some common British practices might look to...

Bang Goes The Theory 7: Episode 4

Bang Goes The Theory 7: Episode 4 Copyrighted image Credit: Txpeter | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Updated 22 Feb 2013
This week the Bang team reveal the science behind keeping your family safe.

Games, Geeks and the Parent's Dilemma

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Games, Geeks and the Parent's Dilemma Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 1 hour 15 mins Updated 06 Sep 2012
Video games are an everyday part of our children’s lives today. But many parents have concerns about the time their children spend gaming, and...

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?

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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

OU on the BBC: Growing Children

OU on the BBC: Growing Children Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 26 Jul 2012
Growing Children is a brand a new documentary series looking at how autism, dyslexia and OCD affect how children learn and grow 

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Introducing observational approaches in research with children and young people

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Introducing observational approaches in research with children and young people Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 9 hours Updated 04 Jul 2013
This unit introduces you to analysing academic writing and, in particular, the way an article might be structured to clearly explain an...

Play, learning and the brain

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Play, learning and the brain Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 12 Oct 2012
This unit examines the area of the brain based learning with a particular focus on the development of the young child's brain and is of particular...

Working together for children: Stirling

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Working together for children: Stirling Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 29 Aug 2012
The care of children, especially those with disabilities, is surrounded by complex issues. Learning to navigate these difficulties while helping...

Children living in different settings

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Children living in different settings Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 29 Aug 2012
Most children live with a parent or parents, with siblings and relatives and with family pets in the family home, but many children do not live...

Parents as partners

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Parents as partners Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 16 hours Updated 29 Aug 2012
In this unit we look at the notion of parents as partners. We identify a cluster of reasons why partnership is considered important - for children...

Knowledge in everyday life

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Knowledge in everyday life Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 15 Aug 2012
This unit is designed to help those working with children between the ages of 3 and 8. You will be encouraged to explore your knowledge, feelings...

Teaching citizenship: Work and the economy

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Teaching citizenship: Work and the economy Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 30 Jul 2012
The issue of ‘citizenship, work and the economy’ is often neglected in everyday discussions of citizenship. But a moment's reflection should...

Encouraging book talk in the school library

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Encouraging book talk in the school library Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 30 Jul 2012
As adults we sometimes struggle to justify our feelings about particular books, but children are quite clear about what they like and don't like....

Children and violence: An introductory, international and interdisciplinary approach

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Children and violence: An introductory, international and interdisciplinary approach Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 20 hours Updated 27 Jul 2011
Children are subject to many forms of adversity, for example, poverty or ill health. However, a significant form of adversity experienced by...

Growing up with Disability

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Growing up with Disability Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2008
Advanced level Duration 1 hour 15 mins Updated 13 Apr 2010
In todays world growing up is tough - making friends, fitting in, changing schools. And it's even harder for children with disabilities. This album...

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Certificate of Higher Education in Youth Justice (England and Wales)

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Certificate of Higher Education in Youth Justice (England and Wales) Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 23 Aug 2014
Do you work with young people in the youth justice system? Would you like to study for a qualification that will have a real impact on your...

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 23 Aug 2014
This pathway enables experienced practitioners with a Foundation Degree in Early Years (normally sector endorsed) to enhance their professional...

Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care (England)

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Duration 1200 hours Updated 23 Aug 2014
Are you thinking about going into social work or social care? This certificate course is the ideal way to find out if it’s the right career for you...

Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care (Scotland)

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care (Scotland) Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 23 Aug 2014
Are you thinking about going into social work or social care? This certificate course is the ideal way to find out if it’s the right career for you...

Professional Certificate in Effective Practice (Youth Justice)

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Professional Certificate in Effective Practice (Youth Justice) Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 600 hours Updated 23 Aug 2014
This qualification is for you if you work in the area of youth justice. It will deepen your knowledge and critical understanding of the youth...

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 23 Aug 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 23 Aug 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...

Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care (Wales)

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care (Wales) Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 23 Aug 2014
Are you thinking about going into social work or social care? This certificate course is the ideal way to find out if it’s the right career for you...

CertHE in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Primary Schools

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CertHE in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Primary Schools Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 23 Aug 2014
Do you work in a primary school supporting children’s learning? This is one of the fastest growing occupational groups in the UK. If you’re a...

Foundation Degree in Youth Justice (England and Wales)

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Foundation Degree in Youth Justice (England and Wales) Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 23 Aug 2014
How can we improve the lives of children and young people who are ‘in trouble’? For professionals and volunteers working within a criminal justice...