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Taking my learning further

1 What have I learned?

We hope you found Supporting children’s development interesting and informative.

You may remember answering a few questions at the start of the course about your learning motivations. Now you’ve completed all or part of the course we’d like to ask you to reflect on your experience by completing one last short activity.

Activity 1

Timing: Allow about 15 minutes

Questionnaire about your learning (2)

If you would like to review your responses to the first questionnaire at the start of the course you can do so by revisiting the Questionnaire about your learning (1).

Consider where you were when you first started this course.

  • How did studying this course fit within your general everyday routine? Did you make or were you given dedicated time to work on it?
  • Were there any particular challenges you faced? How did you overcome them?
  • Have you learned anything that you will be able to take forwards in the future? How might this influence how you do things in the future?

By studying this course you should now:

  • have gained an insight into the varying perspectives of children from early years through to secondary school
  • be able to reflect on personal experience and practice, identify strengths and weaknesses, and apply this to your practice issues
  • understand how some theories attempt to explain children’s development
  • be able to reflect on the value of the work of teaching assistants, the support skills involved, and be thinking about your future role.

2 Badge and statement of participation

We hope that you now feel a sense of achievement gaining the badge for Supporting children’s development. For a reminder on how to obtain your badge, please see How do I access my badge? 

For a reminder on how to obtain your statement of participation after achieving your badge, please see How do I access my statement of participation?

When you have successfully passed the final quiz assessment, you will receive your Supporting children’s development badge. You will receive email notification that your badge has been awarded and it will appear in your My badges area in your OpenLearn Create profile. Please note that it can take up to 24 hours for a badge to be issued.

You will be notified by email if you have received a statement of participation. Once it is available (as a PDF file), you will be able to see and download it from your OpenLearn Create profile.

It may take up to 24 hours for the statement of participation to be issued after you have completed the course.

3 Where next?

We hope you enjoyed Supporting children’s development, and we hope the course has inspired you to continue your learning journey. Below are some key links to where you might like to go next.

Progressing your career

These links from the TES and National Careers Service discuss the role of teaching assistants and the transferable skills required, and give you an insight into the different levels of entry into the profession:


You may like to consider volunteering to extend and enhance your skills and knowledge. These websites may help you to think about your options:

Best Practice Network

The Best Practice Network has over 10 years’ experience in delivering courses and training for support staff.

Trade Unions

Trade unions offer training and development programmes for their members, often in partnership with providers such as The Open University. Please speak with your union representative to find out about any local opportunities.

More free and informal courses

Supporting children’s development is one of a suite of six courses. You may like to study one of the other five.

The Open University also provides further online introductory courses and skills for study courses, all of which are free and online.

FutureLearn also has a wide range of online courses that you may like to consider.

The Open University

You may like to consider one of The Open University’s Access courses to prepare you for successful study towards a nationally recognised higher education qualification.

The OU offers a range of qualifications that you might want to consider.

Education, childhood and youth qualifications

If you would like to take a more in-depth look at childhood studies then you can find out more at The Open University’s Education, Childhood and Youth qualifications website.

The PEARL website

Part-time Education for Adults Returning to Learn (PEARL) is a useful website for adults looking for part-time study opportunities, including all types of provision from free, non-accredited courses through to higher-level learning.


You may recall that Katie was very happy with her role as a Teaching Assistant, but is interested in building up experience as a teaching assistant before becoming a teacher or embarking on a teaching qualification. We recommend contacting your local PGCE (postgraduate certificate in education) provider to find out their specific requirements with regards to the national curriculum content they require in a degree. You will also be required to have GCSEs in Maths, English or Welsh and Science or an equivalent qualification before you become a teacher.

4 Feedback

Finally, please take our short end-of-course survey.

We’re really interested in hearing from you and completing this survey should take no more than 10 minutes.


This free course was written by Isobel Shelton and Sue McKeogh (staff tutors at The Open University). Contributions were made by Katie Harrison (teacher and member of the ATL Union).

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