Free course

The family at the centre of early learning

Free statement of participation on completion

This free course, The family at the centre of early learning, focuses on the positive learning relationships that can exist in any family and how ordinary, everyday domestic activities can sustain learning. You will consider how the traditions and cultural practices of the community to which the family belongs filters through to the child’s experiences. In doing so you will think about why such influences may not have a uniform impact from family to family. You will also explore how learning is a two way experience for both children and their parents or carers, in situations both within and beyond the home.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • consider how a person’s childhood experiences of family practices and traditions can influence the way they parent their own children
  • describe what companionable learning involves
  • outline why the influence of a community’s culture on children’s experiences will vary from family to family
  • discuss how children and parents extend their understanding of each other when they attend group sessions run by early childhood practitioners.