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Education & Development 

Bodies in transition – children starting school

Starting school for the first time is a significant time in a child’s life and has a long term impact on both their later school achievement and their wellbeing. EdD student Vicky Preece explains how researching the experience of children starting school in England has highlighted ways in which this transition could go as smoothly as possible so that the impact is a positive one.

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What are the benefits of creative play at home?

From problem solving to revealing insights into children’s thinking and their concerns, there’s a lot to be said for creative play. This article explores the benefits and gives some top tips for creativity.

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Education & Development 

Child development and learning activities

Are you a parent? Do you work with young children? We've put together a variety of FREE fun tasks to share with your children to help aid them in their learning and development.

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Knickerbocker glory: Explore healthy eating

Use this simple and fun activity to teach your child about healthy eating.

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Play families: Using toys to open up communication with your child

Children can communicate well using toys to express themselves. Use this activity with your child so that they can open up about how they are feeling. 

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Float or sink?: Explore your child’s ideas about the physical world

Will an object float or sink? Use this easy activity to explore your child's understanding of the physical world.

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Cognition and gender development

This course taster is taken from the Open University’s ‘Child Development’ course (ED209). It is an extract from one of the four course text books (Banerjee, R. (2005) ‘Gender identity and the development of gender roles’, in Ding, S. and Littleton, K. S. (eds) Children’s Personal and Social Development, Oxford, Blackwell.) © Open University 2005

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Children and ethnicity

Dr Paul Connolly explores the role the ethnicity has on children and their development

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Influence of temperament

This course taster is taken from the Open University’s ‘Child Development’ course (ED209). It is an extract from one of the four course text books (Oates, J., and Stevenson, J. (2005) ‘Temperament and development’, in Oates, J., Wood, C. and Grayson, A. (eds) Psychological Development and Early Childhood, Oxford, Blackwell.) © Open University 2005

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What is socialisation? The one minute guide

John Oates introduces us to socialisation and the different views of child rearing.

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Methods of studying children: the background

How do psychologists study child development? This article inspired by the OU/BBC series 'Child of our Time' explores...

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Gene testing

This free course, Gene testing, looks at three different uses of genetic testing: pre-natal diagnosis, childhood testing and adult testing. Such tests provide genetic information in the form of a predictive diagnosis, and as such are described as predictive tests. Pre-natal diagnosis uses techniques such as amniocentesis to test fetuses in the womb. For example, it is commonly offered to women over 35 to test for Down's syndrome. Childhood testing involves testing children for genetic diseases that may not become a problem until they grow up, and adult testing is aimed at people at risk of late-onset disorders, which do not appear until middle age. In addition, we address some of the issues involved in carrier testing, another predictive test. This involves the testing of people from families with a history of genetic disease, to find out who carries the gene, and who therefore might pass the disease onto their children even though they themselves are unaffected. Here the aim is to enable couples to make informed choices about whether or not to have children, and if so whether they might have a genetic disease studies 'proteins'. Starting with a simple analysis of the molecular make up, the course moves on to look at the importance of protein and how they are digested and absorbed.

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