Free course

Play, learning and the brain

Free statement of participation on completion

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 child's brain, and is of particular relevance to those who work with young children. We begin by looking at the structure and functions of the brain, and the impact that sensory deprivation can have on these. We consider the implications of current understandings of brain development for teaching and learning, particularly in an early years setting, and finish by exploring the value of play (particularly outdoor play) in children's learning and the development of their brains.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • demonstrate an awareness of current understanding of the structure and function of the brain
  • understand and critically analyse the linked concepts of brain-based learning and brain-based education
  • understand the role of play in brain development
  • recognise practical strategies for developing the curriculum to facilitate children's learning through play and other rich learning experiences.