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Early Child Development - Foundation

Course Overview

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On average this
course contributes
1-2 hours
towards your CPD

The aim of this module is to increase awareness of the main issues around early child development. By providing learners with a better understanding of the key issues in order for them to be able to develop their work in a way that improves outcomes for parents and children.

This module highlights the importance of a wide range of factors that affect the individual pathway along which each child develops. A child's growth, development and learning are interrelated in complex ways from the moment of conception all the way through infancy to early childhood and beyond.

On completion of this course learners will:

  • Have a basic awareness of and be able to describe, the main theoretical concepts linked to child development
  • Be able to evaluate information relating to physical, intellectual, linguistic social (including sexual) and emotional development of children and young people
  • Recognise the factors that may affect development
  • Recognise the factors that may affect development and how early development impacts on future resilience and vulnerability factors in adolescence
  • Explore attachment to identify the way in which children develop secure relationships with their carers
  • Consider effective practice in relation to child development

Course Details

Lesson Plan

Areas covered include:

  • Welcome and Learning Objectives
  • Introduction
  • Theories and Related Issues
  • Stages of Development
  • Attachment
  • Vulnerability and Resilience
  • Why is Child Development Important to Practice?

Target Audience

This module is aimed primarily at authorised practitioners who work with children, young people and families, including Teachers; Midwives and Health Visitors; Youth Services and Connexions; Family Support Workers; Childminders; Social Workers; Voluntary and Community Groups; Early Years and Play Workers amongst others.


With approximately 50 interactive screens, it is estimated that this module will take approximately 1 2 hours to complete (depending on learning speed). As an e-learning module you can complete this training in convenient stages. The system will record your progress throughout.


On completion of this course you will be able to print a Virtual College certificate.

CPD Accreditation

The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

What our customers have said

I like that it is easy to follow and done at your own pace
20/02/2017 VT
The contents layout was well presented and easy to understand. The key points were highlighted making it easy to recollect the important subjects within the course material.
07/02/2017 MF
There was a lot of information that helped me to get through it
05/05/2016 SI
I enjoyed this course interesting and informative easy to follow illustrations. I printed some of the course work off to relate to if ever needed. It was quick and easy to follow steps thank you
14/03/2016 RS
I liked how you can save your work and return when time is available, the activities/games throughout this course helped you learn in a fun way
10/02/2016 NP
I found it easy to use, i found the module very interesting and easy to understand.
20/01/2016 PB
Broken down into managable modules so could easily get to the end of a section.
28/10/2015 MB
Bullet points easy to read and follow
13/10/2015 CE
The fact you can come and go as you please and can study each module as long as you like. it was great it was broken down into different sections and the use of pictures and colour was good too
07/10/2015 MB div>
I liked all the pictures, colours and visual aid as I found these assisted me to take in information easier
RM 07/08/2015
Very interesting course. I do a lot of events and volunteer work with children and this course highlights the key information and the role of workers and practitioners to ensure an awareness of the stages of development
AM 21/07/2015

Cost and Discounts

£30 + VAT - This cost is for a single user.

Discounts are available for multiple users (10 or more) for more information please contact, or telephone UKVC Sales on 01943 885089.

How it Works

The information below is specific to this particular course. If you would like a more general guide to how our purchasing and learning works please visit the Four Easy Steps page which should tell you all you need to know.

Alternatively; if you have a specific question or concern why not contact us directly ?


This is an online course, all the training will be taken through your browser window. There will be no face-to-face sessions with instructors nor will you receive any training material through the post. If you wish you may print out any page of the training material, and may also print the notes you took during the training.

You can also revisit the training material at any time, even after you have completed the course.


The material for this course has been broken down into several smaller lessons, each lesson dealing with a specific area of the overall subject.

The lesson consist of a series of pages in which an instructor will talk you through the lesson material at a pace that suits you. Pages may also include supporting pictures, graphs, animation or extra sounds to help with the learning where appropriate. Some lessons will include challenges/quizzes to help you keep in touch and interested in the material.

Lessons can be taken in any order and each lesson may be PAUSED and RESUMED at any stage. When all lessons in the course have been completed our system will realise and automatically record that you have successfully completed the course


This course is delivered fully online allowing you to learn at your own pace, however an average duration would be 1-2 hours.

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