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Child of Our Time: Try our surveys

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Child of Our Time: Try our surveys Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 16 Nov 2016
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?...

OpenLearn Live: 28th July 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 28th July 2016 Creative commons image Charles Rawding under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 28 Jul 2016
The Post Office service which delivers lovers alongside love letters; and what is the Named Person scheme? Free learning from across the day.

Do children exercise less in winter?

Do children exercise less in winter? Creative commons image Scorpions & Centaurs under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Feb 2016
New research suggests that when the weather gets colder, and days shorter, children exercise less.

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.

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The lottery of birth

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The lottery of birth Copyrighted image Copyright: © adventtr (via iStockPhoto.com)
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 12 Oct 2016
This free course, The lottery of birth, will look at both the big picture of the ‘lottery of birth’ and the smaller, human stories. You will...

Teaching citizenship: Work and the economy

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Teaching citizenship: Work and the economy Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 23 Aug 2016
The issue of 'citizenship, work and the economy' is often neglected in everyday discussions of citizenship. But a moment's reflection should...

Play, learning and the brain

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Play, learning and the brain Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 12 Aug 2016
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...

Parents as partners

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Parents as partners Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 16 hours Updated 15 Apr 2016
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...

Encouraging book talk in the school library

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Encouraging book talk in the school library Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 17 Mar 2016
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 Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 20 hours Updated 07 Mar 2016
Children are subject to many forms of adversity, for example, poverty or ill health. However, a significant form of adversity experienced by...

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 17 Feb 2016
This free course, Issues in research with children and young people, considers the aims and range of research with children and young people....

Knowledge in everyday life

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Knowledge in everyday life Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 16 Feb 2016
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...

Understanding early years environments and children’s spaces (Chinese)

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Understanding early years environments and children’s spaces (Chinese) Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 6 hours Updated 16 Feb 2016
This free course is the Chinese version of Understanding early years environments and children's spaces, which is also available in English.

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 16 Feb 2016
This free course, Understanding early years environments and children's spaces, considers some of the different environments children encounter in...

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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 02 Dec 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 02 Dec 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 02 Dec 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 02 Dec 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 02 Dec 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 02 Dec 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 02 Dec 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 02 Dec 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 02 Dec 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 02 Dec 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...