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This distance learning Child Psychology course is designed for people who wish to gain an understanding of the principles and practice of Child Psychology, and the development of children
This distance learning Child Development course from UK Distance Learning and Publishing covers the biological and psychological changes that occur in human beings between birth and the end of adolescence, as the individual progresses from dependency to increasing autonomy.
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Child Psychology at QLS Level 3 & Child Development at QLS Level 3
Course code: BUN02
Delivery method: Paper Based or Online
Course duration: 12 Months
Entry requirements: No prior qualification needed
Award achieved: ABC Awards and Certa Award Certificate of achievement at QLS Level 3
- The First Year of Life
- The Formation of Attachments
- Consequences of breakdowns in attachments
- The Home, Family and School
- Basic principles of Research Methods
- The Development of Visual Perception
- The Development of Language and Communication
- Intelligence and Intelligence Testing
- The Nature/Nurture debate in the Study of Intelligence
- Data Collection and Interpretation
- How Children think
- Learning Theory – How Behaviour is Acquired
- Freud’s Psychodynamic Theory – An Alternative Approach
- Moral Development
- The Development of Gender Roles
- Aggression in Children
- Methods Used in Child Development Research
- Learning in School
- Behaviour Modification
- Unit 1: Pregnancy
- Unit 2: Parenthood
- Unit 3: Development of the Child
- Unit 4: Diet, Health and Care of the Child
- Unit 5: Support for the parent and child
1. The First Year of Life
Infant reflexes; Social development during the first year of life including the social smile and onset of
fear of strangers.
2. The Formation of Attachments
Imprinting; Attachment (Bowlby) including cross-cultural studies; Harlow and surrogate mothers;
Relevance of animal studies in child development.
3. Consequences of Breakdowns in Attachments
Maternal deprivation; Implications of theories of attachment and maternal deprivation when
placing children with surrogates.
4. The Home, Family and School
Group vs family care and the studies of effects of maternal employment and father absent families;
importance of peers and siblings.
5. Basic Principles of Research Methods
Nature and purpose of research, the features of experiment, supporting and refuting hypotheses,
independent and dependent variables, control of variables, standardised instructions and procedures,
methods of sampling, design of investigations.
6. The Development of Visual Perception
Introduction to the nature/nurture debate on visual perception; Fantz; form perception; Gibson and
Walk; depth perception; how the physiology of the human visual system helps us judge depth and
distance; Bower; size constancy; animal experiments on early sensory deprivation.
7. The Development of Language and Communication
Development of non-verbal communication in humans, gestures etc.; comparisons with non-human
primates; outline of language development in humans; including naturalistic observational in humans;
innate and reinforcement theories.
8. Intelligence and Intelligence Testing
Definitions of intelligence; mental age and IQ; tests of intelligence; advantages and disadvantages of
9. The Nature/Nurture Debate in the Study of Intelligence
Twins studies; stability of IQ; Are early experiences decisive for later development?
10. Data Collection and Interpretation
Tables and histograms, correlation and scattergrams; Mean; Range; Drawing conclusions from data.
11. How Children Think
Piaget’s theory of cognitive development; including studies of egocentrism and criticisms of his work.
12. Learning Theory “How Behaviour is Acquired”
Learning and conditioning – classical conditioning and operant conditioning; positive and negative reinforcement; Social Learning
13. Freud’s Psychodynamic Theory an Alternative Approach
Personality structure, 5 stage theory, criticisms.
14. Moral Development
Definition in psychological terms; investigation of moral behaviour, moral feelings and moral
15. The Development of Gender Roles
Sex-typing; Gender identity; Biological, social and cultural theories.
16. Aggression in Children
Biological basis of aggression; psychological theory and aggression; Aggression as a learned response;
imitation of aggression; viewing violence; punishment for aggression; sex differences in aggression.
17. Methods Used in Child Development Research
Observational, Survey, Correlational, Experimental â€“ advantages and disadvantages.
The importance of play to learning;
Piaget’s theory of play; forms of play;
Relevance of psychological theories to pre-school education;
Play and learning in nursery schools; Play therapy.
19. Learning in School
Programmed learning and its relationship to learning theory advantages and disadvantages;
Discovery learning and its effectiveness.
20. Behaviour Modification
Explanation and examples; relationship to learning theory; Points systems, advantages and disadvantages.
Unit 1: Pregnancy
- The female reproductive system and the role and importance of the baby’s support systems
- The causes of infertility
- The different forms of contraception
- The importance of a healthy lifestyle
- How genetically inherited diseases can be managed
- The possible signs and symptoms of pregnancy and miscarriage
- The importance of a healthy lifestyle and regular health checks
- The importance of the birth plan and
- The signs and stages of labour
- Pain relief options
- The medical assistance available during labour
- The health checks required following the birth of the baby
- The possible causes for babies crying and the range of solutions available
- The impact of a new baby on the family
- The impact for a mother following the birth of her baby
Unit 2: Parenthood
- The changing nature of the family in today’s society
- The impact on a child’s development
- The range of sources of stress and its impact on parenting capacity
- The realities of planning for a family
- The essential equipment and clothing needed for a baby and the safety, financial and environmental issues
- The ability to undertake a risk assessment within the home
- The necessary skills to undertake basic first aid and treatment of minor injuries
Unit 3: Development of the Child
- The concept of a child’s developmental milestones and factors which can have a positive or detrimental impact on their development
- The factors that influence a child’s development and what children need to safeguard and promote their welfare
- Knowledge and understanding of both gross and fine motor skills
- Intellectual Development
- Social and Emotional Development
- Learning and Play
Unit 4: Diet, health and care of the child
- The nutritional needs for under-5s
- The nutritional and emotional benefits of breast feeding
- Sterilisation techniques and the methods of food preparation
- The behaviours behind food refusal in young children
- The role of parents in understanding the nutritional needs of under- 5s
- Food allergies and food intolerance
- The importance of hygiene and appropriate clothing
- The impact of family and environmental factors on the well-being of children
- The symptoms of childhood diseases and the support services available
Unit 5: Support for the parent and child
- The types of child care support available
- The potential benefits and disadvantages of in-home care v nursery group care
- Educational and developmental provision
- The importance and relevance of the Early Years Stage Curriculum
- The value of partnership working
- Sure Start and Book Start programmes
- The role of health visitors in undertaking developmental testing
- The effects on the family of children with a special need and the support provided
- The statutory legal requirements for the education of under-5s
At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).
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Paper Based Version
The course comes to you as a paper-based pack delivered by courier.
You will be given guidance through the Study Guide on the nuts and bolts of studying and submitting assignments.
Postal assignments cannot be accepted without prior permission from the tutor.
Our online courses are fully digitised versions of the paper-courses, so you can study on any PC or smart device when connected to the internet.
As with the paper course, your online learning programme is completely flexible, so you can study at a pace that suits you.
All of our online course content is broken down into bite size chunks to make your learning more manageable and effective.
The course contains a number of assignments which your tutor will mark and give you valuable feedback on. We call these Tutor Marked Assignments (TMAs). You need only send the TMAs to your tutor for comment, not the self-assessment exercises which are also part of the course to help you gauge your progress.
This course can be taken over a 12 month period but you can complete it as fast or as slowly as you wish.
You will have access to a tutor via email who will mark your work and guide you through the course and will assist you with any problems you may have. In addition you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process.
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