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    Surrogates

    Five young British women attempt to carry babies for other people.

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    04 Mar 2021

  • Surrogates

    Updated 04 Mar 2021
    Five young British women attempt to carry babies for other people.
  • Do animals really raise human babies as their own?

    Myth, history and popular culture tells of children raised by wolves and more. Do these stories have any basis in truth?

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    5 mins

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    18 Jan 2018

  • Do animals really raise human babies as their own?

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    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Jan 2018
    Myth, history and popular culture tells of children raised by wolves and more. Do these stories have any basis in truth?
  • Are we taking the fun out of reading?

    By Dr Ingrid Piller

    Enforcing reading on small children - and treating books as unclean - risks putting kids off literacy before they've even started, worries Ingrid Piller.

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    25 Aug 2017

  • Are we taking the fun out of reading?

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Aug 2017
    Enforcing reading on small children - and treating books as unclean - risks putting kids off literacy before they've even started, worries Ingrid Piller.
  • Family Fortunes: Could you help a family in crisis?

    Families need support for different reasons - and families may need differing approaches to the same challenges. How well can you connect families and sources of support?

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    30 Jan 2017

  • Family Fortunes: Could you help a family in crisis?

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    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 30 Jan 2017
    Families need support for different reasons - and families may need differing approaches to the same challenges. How well can you connect families and...
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    Child of Our Time: Try our surveys

    By Professor John Oates

    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? Try our surveys to find out

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    15 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    23 Jan 2017

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    Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 23 Jan 2017
    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? Try our...
  • Early adopters: What are smartphones doing to children?

    Children - very young children - are adept at using iPads and other touchscreen technologies. Should we worry? Probably not, says Olivia Solon.

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    09 Jun 2016

  • Early adopters: What are smartphones doing to children?

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 09 Jun 2016
    Children - very young children - are adept at using iPads and other touchscreen technologies. Should we worry? Probably not, says Olivia Solon.
  • OpenLearn Live: 7th June 2016

    By The OpenLearn team

    Does an altar cloth in a church in Herefordshire have a link to Elizabeth I? Plus boxing, football - and the smell of babies. Free learning through the day from OpenLearn.

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    07 Jun 2016

  • OpenLearn Live: 7th June 2016

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    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Jun 2016
    Does an altar cloth in a church in Herefordshire have a link to Elizabeth I? Plus boxing, football - and the smell of babies. Free learning through the day...
  • When do children develop a sense of gender?

    Young children are flexible about their ideas of gender - but, for most, that flexibility soon vanishes. When do ideas about gender become fixed in children's minds?

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    31 Mar 2016

  • When do children develop a sense of gender?

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 31 Mar 2016
    Young children are flexible about their ideas of gender - but, for most, that flexibility soon vanishes. When do ideas about gender become fixed in children...
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    Archive course extract: Attachment theory

    By The OpenLearn team

    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 develop strong attachments to people and objects, to the extent that being separated causes upset? ...

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    10 mins

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    11 Jan 2016

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    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 develop...
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    Bringing up Britain

    Mariella Frostrup presents the series that explores the complex realities of parenting in today's Britain.

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    27 Aug 2015

  • Bringing up Britain

    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.

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    Listening to young children: critical reflections

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    Listening to young children: critical reflections
    Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 19 Apr 2021
    This module will be of significant interest to anyone interested in the lives and...
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    Surrogates

    Five young British women attempt to carry babies for other people.

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    04 Mar 2021

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    Updated 04 Mar 2021
    Five young British women attempt to carry babies for other people.
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    Exploring books for children: words and pictures

    Many people have fond memories of the stories they encountered in childhood perhaps especially of those wonderful picture books and illustrated tales which fired our young imaginations and transported us to magical worlds To an adults eye some picture books may seem remarkably simple even oversimplified However in this free course Exploring books for children words and pictures you will learn how childrens books use words and pictures together in remarkably sophisticated ways to communicate both to young and older readers drawing on examples from the classics such as Beatrix Potters Tales of Peter Rabbit and from contemporary childrens authors such as Anthony Browne author of Gorilla

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    8 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    02 Apr 2020

  • Exploring books for children: words and pictures

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    Many people have fond memories of the stories they encountered in childhood,...
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    Attachment in the early years

    This free course Attachment in the early years covers theory and research in the area of attachment in early childhood In the 1950s John Bowlby was the first person to develop a theory about the significance of early attachments between caregivers and very young children His work has stimulated a massive and very productive field of research with important implications for childcare This OpenLearn course describes Bowlbys theory and the work that has built on it illustrated with video recordings of the assessment of attachment in a laboratory setting and a talk by an eminent attachment researcher

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    6 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    20 Aug 2019

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    Intermediate level Duration 6 hours Updated 20 Aug 2019
    This free course, Attachment in the early years, covers theory and research in the...

    Top-up BA (Honours) Early Years

    Course Course
    Top-up BA (Honours) Early Years
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 11 Mar 2019
    This pathway enables experienced practitioners with a Foundation Degree in Early...

    Certificate of Higher Education in Early Years Professional Practice

    Course Course
    Certificate of Higher Education in Early Years Professional Practice
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 11 Mar 2019
    If you work with young children aged from birth to seven years and want to develop...

    Certificate in Working Together for Children

    Course Course
    Certificate in Working Together for Children
    Duration 600 hours Updated 11 Mar 2019
    Working with children requires practitioners to develop knowledge, skills, and...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Childhood Practice

    Course Course
    Diploma of Higher Education in Childhood Practice
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 11 Mar 2019
    The first few years of children’s lives are crucial to their development and...

    Foundation Degree in Early Years

    Course Course
    Foundation Degree in Early Years
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 11 Mar 2019
    The first few years of children’s lives are crucial to their development and...

    BA (Honours) Early Years

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    BA (Honours) Early Years
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 11 Mar 2019
    Do you work with young children? Do you want to boost your career and develop your...

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    Top-up BA (Honours) Early Years

    Course Course
    Top-up BA (Honours) Early Years
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 11 Mar 2019
    This pathway enables experienced practitioners with a Foundation Degree in Early...

    Certificate of Higher Education in Early Years Professional Practice

    Course Course
    Certificate of Higher Education in Early Years Professional Practice
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 11 Mar 2019
    If you work with young children aged from birth to seven years and want to develop...

    Certificate in Working Together for Children

    Course Course
    Certificate in Working Together for Children
    Duration 600 hours Updated 11 Mar 2019
    Working with children requires practitioners to develop knowledge, skills, and...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Childhood Practice

    Course Course
    Diploma of Higher Education in Childhood Practice
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 11 Mar 2019
    The first few years of children’s lives are crucial to their development and...

    Foundation Degree in Early Years

    Course Course
    Foundation Degree in Early Years
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 11 Mar 2019
    The first few years of children’s lives are crucial to their development and...

    BA (Honours) Early Years

    Course Course
    BA (Honours) Early Years
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 11 Mar 2019
    Do you work with young children? Do you want to boost your career and develop your...

    Listening to young children: critical reflections

    Course Course
    Listening to young children: critical reflections
    Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 19 Apr 2021
    This module will be of significant interest to anyone interested in the lives and...