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The Connected Baby Series. Motorways & the brain: The processes of neural development

Course Overview

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On average this
course contributes
1.5-2.5 hours
towards your CPD

By the age of 3 years many of the most important emotional pathways in our brain have already been laid down.

This online course explains how brains develop and explores questions such as: Why is it that human brains develop after birth? Why are relationships so crucial to their development?

It also considers the implications that this neuroscientific information holds for a wide range of society's challenges, from prisons to education and health.

On completion of this course learners will be able to:

  • Give a basic account of the processes of brain development
  • Distinguish the major periods in brain development
  • Understand why relationships are so important in shaping neural pathways, especially during the early years of life
  • Identify the role that hormones play in creating emotional experiences
  • Explain why the information in this module is valuable for a range of societal sectors
  • Reflect on applications of this knowledge in the context of your role

Course Details

Lesson Plan

  • Welcome and introduction
  • How brains develop: Development after conception
  • How brains develop: The effect of hormones
  • How brains develop: Evolutionary history of brains
  • Why do the early years matter?
  • Can I as a practitioner improve the way I work?

Target Audience

This course is aimed at all professionals working in the early years sector, including nursery staff, child minders, early years teachers and foster carers. It will also be helpful to those who make decisions about children in their early years, including social workers and legal professionals.


This course should take approximately 1.5-2.5 to complete. However, the length of time taken depends entirely on how quickly you can study and absorb the material. You can proceed as quickly or slowly as you like, there are no time limits.


On completion of this course you will be able download 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 really enjoyed the module and it was made more enjoyable by actually listening to Suzannes voice. I felt she was in the room with me.
16/04/2016 MW
I liked the module and the way you could work at your own pace and the work you had already done could be saved at any time. I also liked the way you could see what percentage of the course you had completed.
06/04/2016 LM
Good balance of written word and audio.colourful slides with the correct amount of animation.
29/03/2016 CM
It was easy to navigate through the module. I really liked the short texts and clicking on the face to get more information which was spoken. Both speakers drew me in and captivated me which I think is really important with this kind of learning.
23/02/2016 JV
The training was put into life experiences and it made it much easier to understand and absorb.
16/01/2016 LM
I liked the fact that there was audio alongside being able to read the text. I found it useful to hear the content as this made me better able to stay focused on the subject.
04/11/2015 FH
Easy to follow instructions and a nice trainer's voice.
04/11/2015 GD
Easy to use. Liked that I could see at all times how far through each unit I was.
30/10/2015 SD
Learning how children's brains worked and how they learn
30/10/2015 LR
I enjoyed the format of the training. The combination of text and speech helped me to retain information.
29/10/2015 LL div>
The programme was easy to understand and you had time to take in the information from different forms on the page and also listen to some text rather than reading it all.
29/10/2015 MB
I thoroughly enjoyed this course and would like to further my development by completing the other courses that are available
29/10/2015 LL
The combination of the audio and text helped me to absorb a lot of the information as I could re-read it once the audio had completed if I had not quite understood it. The repetition of important points in re-caps helped the information to sink in. The examples from real life situation (the children in the nursery setting) helped me to link the theory to practical situations
GD 08/08/2015

Cost and Discounts

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 1.5-2.5 hours.

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