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Childcare & Education (Introduction to)

Professional Development

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge in Childcare & Education to expand an existing practice, as a foundation qualification towards further studies, or for personal interest
  • Be awarded the BSY Professional Certificate of Merit
  • Receive the Certificate of Achievement at QLS Level 2*

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

This interesting course offers an ideal beginners study for anyone wishing to gain knowledge in the care of children in the early years, providing a fascinating insight into the physical, social and emotional development of babies and young children.

Course subjects cover the fundamental principles and practice of childcare – a useful addition to the portfolio for students who may be thinking of carrying on to study for a career in this field, as well as for those wishing to study for their own interest.


  • Lesson One
    • Introduction
      • The Role of the Child Care Worker
      • Responsibilities
      • Confidentiality
      • Key Worker
      • Communication
      • Managing Conflict
    • Summary
  • Lesson Two
    • Physical Care and Development
      • Providing a Safe and Secure Environment
      • Stages and Sequences of Physical Development
      • Benefits of Physical Activity
      • Physical Care Needs
      • Caring for a Sick Child
      • Guidelines for Good Hygiene
      • Food and Nutrition
      • Weaning
      • Nutrients
    • Summary
  • Lesson Three
    • Stages and Sequences of Social and Emotional Development
      • Importance of a Positive Environment
      • Factors Affecting Social and Emotional Development
      • Self-Esteem
      • Separation
    • Summary
  • Lesson Four
    • Behaviour
      • What is Acceptable Behaviour?
      • Learning Acceptable Behaviour
      • Goals and Boundaries
      • How to Manage Unwanted Behaviour
      • Positive Reinforcement
      • Changes in the Pattern of Children’s Behaviour
      • Reporting and Recording Behaviour
    • Summary
  • Lesson Five
    • Language
      • What do we Mean by Language?
      • How do Children Acquire Language?
      • Stages and Sequences
      • Rules
      • Parts of Language
      • Language Delay
      • Promoting Children’s Language
    • Summary
  • Lesson Six
    • The Development and Care Needs of Babies
      • Conception and Birth
      • The Developing Newborn
      • Care Needs
      • Physical Development
      • Social Development
      • Emotional Development
      • Working with Babies in Child Care Settings
    • Summary
  • Lesson Seven
    • Child Abuse
      • The Children Act 1989
      • Signs of Neglect and Abuse
      • Disclosure
      • Procedure of a Case of Abuse
      • Preventing Abuse
      • Giving Children Confidence
      • Opportunities for Talking
    • Summary
  • Lesson Eight
    • Working with Parents
      • Parents are Central to Children’s Lives
      • Family Structures
      • Parents as Partners
      • Building Relationships with Parents
      • Ways of Communicating with Parents
      • Difficulties Parents May Face
      • Encouraging Parents to Become Involved
      • Admissions Procedures
      • Settings Policies
    • Summary
  • Lesson Nine
    • Good Practice in Care
      • Planning
      • Observations and Assessments
      • Curriculum
      • Play
      • Good Ideas for Play
      • Nursery Rhymes, Songs and Stories
      • Good Ideas for Developing Maths
      • Working as a Professional
    • Summary
  • Lesson Ten
    • Equal Opportunities
      • Codes of Practice
      • Discrimination
      • Promoting Equality
      • Valuing Diversity
      • A Positive Environment
    • Review

Practical training

No practical training is required to complete this course.

*Registration is essential with this course at any time during the studies. Registration fee of £20 applies. Full details on request.