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Physical and mental health for young children

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Physical and mental health for young children

The health of babies and young children is at a critical point. Increased levels of poor mental health, high levels of childhood obesity and concerns about infectious diseases all make for a worrying picture of the state of our children’s health. However, there is a great deal that adults who care for and educate babies and young children can do to support and promote good health in practical and low-cost ways. 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.

The Open University would really appreciate a few minutes of your time to tell us about yourself and your expectations for the course before you begin, in our optional start-of-course survey. Participation is completely confidential and we will not pass on your details to others.

This course forms part of the Dangoor Education course collection, the educational arm of The Exilarch's Foundation.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • explain why health promotion is important for babies and children
  • explore the contemporary conditions affecting babies and children's mental and physical health
  • understand how early childhood pre-school settings can work with professionals and parents to promote children's health
  • appreciate the factors that can impact on babies' and children's mental and physical health
  • identify and plan interventions to improve the health of babies and children.

First Published: 09/07/2024

Updated: 09/07/2024

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