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Free course: Childhood in the digital age

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Introductory level Updated 28 Jan 2016
Try our free course, Childhood in the Digital Age, to get an idea of what it's like to study at the OU and take it further by exploring learning,...

Archive course extract: Attachment theory

Archive course extract: Attachment theory Copyrighted image 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...

Sometimes a bunny is just a bunny: The Playboy brand and sexualisation of children

Sometimes a bunny is just a bunny: The Playboy brand and sexualisation of children Copyrighted image Copyright: Michalakis Ppalis | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 09 Dec 2015
Beyond the tabloid-fuelled rage at Playboy products apparently aimed at children is a much more nuanced relationship with the Bunny brand.

Rugby: A sport for sampling or specialisation?

Rugby: A sport for sampling or specialisation? Creative commons image Kelsey E [[CC BY 2.0]] via Flickr Creative Commons under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 06 Oct 2015
What are the benefits or risks of specialising in a sport early on? Jessica Pinchbeck discusses early specialisation in rugby.

Why there's still faith in the Spanish education system

Why there's still faith in the Spanish education system Creative commons image Randy OHC under CC-BY licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Sep 2015
God judges you solely on the content of your heart, it's said. In Spain, some students are tested on the ability to pray. It's just one reason why...

New Entrepreneurs 2015

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New Entrepreneurs 2015 Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 04 Sep 2015
Meet three winners of the OU 2015 Entrepreneurship Competition, each about to launch a new venture. Carolyn Cleveland is pioneering empathy...

Bringing up Britain

Bringing up Britain Copyrighted image 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.

Making a difference: Youth participation

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Making a difference: Youth participation Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Aug 2015
Ellie Jones speaks about how young people can participate in community, research and policy driven projects.

Do we really listen to children and young people?

Do we really listen to children and young people? Creative commons image By Lexie Flickinger [CC BY 2.0], via Flickr Creative Commons under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Aug 2015
Dr Victoria Cooper from the Children's Research Centre discusses enabling participation by children and young people.

Childhood in the Digital Age

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Childhood in the Digital Age Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 29 Jun 2015
When it comes to technology are you an optimist or a pessimist? Are social media changing the way that children form relationships? How is...

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Parents as partners

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Introductory level Duration 16 hours Updated 22 Oct 2015
In this free course we look at the notion of parents as partners. We identify a cluster of reasons why partnership is considered important - for...

Understanding early years environments and children’s spaces

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Understanding early years environments and children’s spaces Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 6 hours Updated 27 Aug 2015
This free course, Understanding early years environments and children's spaces, considers some of the different environments children encounter in...

Issues in research with children and young people

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Issues in research with children and young people
Advanced level Duration 7 hours Updated 01 Sep 2014
This free course, Issues in research with children and young people, considers the aims and range of research with children and young people....

Children and violence: An introductory, international and interdisciplinary approach

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Children and violence: An introductory, international and interdisciplinary approach Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 20 hours Updated 01 May 2014
Children are subject to many forms of adversity, for example, poverty or ill health. However, a significant form of adversity experienced by...

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 Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 9 hours Updated 04 Jul 2013
This free course, Introducing observational approaches in research with children and young people, introduces you to analysing academic writing and...

Play, learning and the brain

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Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 12 Oct 2012
This free course, Play, learning and the brain, examines the area of brain-based learning, with a particular focus on the development of the young...

Working together for children: Stirling

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Working together for children: Stirling Copyrighted image Copyright: 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 Copyright: 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...

Knowledge in everyday life

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Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 15 Aug 2012
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...

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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 Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 05 Feb 2016
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 (Honours) Early Years

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Top-up BA (Honours) Early Years Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 05 Feb 2016
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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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care (England) Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 05 Feb 2016
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...

Foundation Degree in Youth Justice (England and Wales)

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Foundation Degree in Youth Justice (England and Wales) Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 05 Feb 2016
How can we improve the lives of children and young people who are ‘in trouble’? For professionals and volunteers working within a criminal justice...

Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care (Scotland)

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care (Scotland) Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 05 Feb 2016
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 Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 600 hours Updated 05 Feb 2016
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 Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 600 hours Updated 05 Feb 2016
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 Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 05 Feb 2016
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 Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 05 Feb 2016
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 Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 05 Feb 2016
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...