Child Development

Level: Professional Development

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge in Child Development to expand an existing practice, as a foundation qualification towards further studies, or for personal interest
  • Be awarded the BSY Professional Certificate of Merit
  • Be eligible to become a member of AHCP (Association of Complementary Practitioners)

You can study this course from the comfort of your own home; in your own time and at your own pace; with helpful support and encouragement from our friendly tutors.

Course overview

At one time or another every parent feels the need to more fully understand their child. Similarly, the goal of the modern day teacher is, as far as possible, to understand the individuality of each and every one of his or her pupils. Such understanding requires some appreciation of how the mind grows and develops. This course guides you through the development cycle to give greater insight into the growing child.


  • Lesson One
    • The Development Cycle
      • Developmental Trends
  • Lesson Two
    • The Growing Mind
      • Growth Gradients
  • Lesson Three
    • Parent/Child/Teacher Relationships
      • Similarities and Differences
      • More Growth Gradients
      • Culture Areas
  • Lesson Four
    • The Growing Child
      • Structuralisation of Behaviour
      • Motor Characteristics
  • Lesson Five
    • The Complexity of Growth
      • Illness
      • Accidents
      • Tensional Behaviour
      • Expressional Behaviour
  • Lesson Six
    • Ethical Sense
      • Natural Progression

Practical training

No practical training is required to complete this course.