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Physical and mental health for young children free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Education & Development

Physical and mental health for young children

This free course will increase your knowledge and skills and show you ways that adults, both parents and professionals, can play an active role in supporting and promoting good health in babies and young children.

Free course
20 hrs
Introducing social care and social work free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Health, Sports & Psychology

Introducing social care and social work

This free course, Introducing social care and social work, will introduce you to different social care and social work practitioner roles. It will develop your understanding of the context in which social care and social work takes place in the UK. The course is designed for people who are interested in and curious about social care or social ...

Free course
12 hrs
Returning to STEM free course icon level 3: advanced icon Badge icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Returning to STEM

This free badged course, Returning to STEM, offers useful skills and solutions to help you get back into a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM).

Free course
24 hrs
Talking about the menopause: symptoms, support and the role of exercise free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Health, Sports & Psychology

Talking about the menopause: symptoms, support and the role of exercise

This free OpenLearn course is designed to help anyone whose life is affected by the menopause. No matter what gender you identify with, this transitional phase can affect people in all sorts of ways, so this course is open to all. The objectives are to empower everyone, by increasing knowledge of what the menopause is and the effects it can ...

Free course
12 hrs
Introducing relational care free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Health, Sports & Psychology

Introducing relational care

‘Relational care’ is a developing approach to care which can help address many of the challenges faced by the older adult care sector. It provides benefits not only for older people but also all those involved in their care. This free course is for providers, managers and staff of older adult residential and day care facilities. It explains ...

Free course
4 hrs
Supporting children and young people's wellbeing free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

Health, Sports & Psychology

Supporting children and young people's wellbeing

This free course, Supporting children and young people's wellbeing, looks at some of the broader concerns regarding wellbeing and the idea that children and young people today are increasingly reporting feelings of unhappiness. By completing the activities, you will be introduced to different ways of understanding children and young people’s ...

Free course
7 hrs
Child mental health: is it in crisis? free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Health, Sports & Psychology

Child mental health: is it in crisis?

There is much discussion about the issue of children and young people’s mental health problems in the media, and we often hear this issue referred to as a ‘crisis’. But what does the evidence say? Are rates of mental health problems rising? In this course you will explore these important questions as well as delving into a case study of a young ...

Free course
3 hrs
Introducing Climate Psychology: facing the climate crisis free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

Health, Sports & Psychology

Introducing Climate Psychology: facing the climate crisis

This free course introduces the emerging field of Climate Psychology. It is now widely accepted that facts about climate change, taken alone, do not promote change. There is growing recognition that deeper psychological perspectives, beyond traditional psychological approaches, could enrich environment movements. Additionally, evidence is ...

Free course
12 hrs
Supporting physical development in early childhood free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Health, Sports & Psychology

Supporting physical development in early childhood

Are you involved in caring for or educating babies and young children either as a practitioner in the workforce or as a parent/carer? In this free course, Supporting physical development in early childhood, you will learn how to ensure young children do enough physical activity and how it improves child mental and physical health development....

Free course
18 hrs
Developing employability through sport and physical activity free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Health, Sports & Psychology

Developing employability through sport and physical activity

While many people recognise the positive impact of engaging in sport and/or physical activity on their physical and mental well-being, research indicates that participation can also equip us with valuable skills that enhance our employability. Engaging in sport and physical activity provides opportunities to develop a diverse skill set that can ...

Free course
10 hrs
Work and mental health free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

Health, Sports & Psychology

Work and mental health

Although being at work during periods of mental illness can be difficult for those with mental health problems, most people with these difficulties could take paid employment if it were not for numerous barriers in the workplace and the wider community (Centre for Mental Health, 2013). In this free course, Work and mental health, you will look ...

Free course
6 hrs
Approaching leadership with care free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

Health, Sports & Psychology

Approaching leadership with care

Unlock the secrets to becoming an effective and empathetic leader with our free course, Approaching leadership with care. Delve into the core concepts of leadership by exploring the significance of empathy, compassion, and understanding when leading others and yourself. This course is designed to help you define your leadership style, cultivate ...

Free course
5 hrs