- Full tutor support included
- Make your own study schedule and take advantage of online tutoring hours
- Obtain a certified diploma once you finish the course.
Students must select and demonstrate clearly relevant knowledge and understanding through the use of evidence, examples and correct language and terminology appropriate to the course of study. This assessment, involves two written assignments: one halfway through the course and following the final unit. Both are assessed and graded by the assigned tutor, according to college procedures. The grading procedure if Pass or Fail. If you Fail an assessment you have the opportunity to amend where your tutor has highlighted and resubmit.
The first unit looks at the history of child development starting at the very beginning when a child is conceived and develops within the mother. Genetics, inheritance and sex determination are examined and explained in order to understand whether the nature and characteristics of a child are predetermined or influenced by inheritance, how basic genetics are inherited and how traits are passed on to the child.
Unit 2: Developmental anatomy and physiology of the child: Part 1
The unit will discuss development of the musculoskeletal system, including bone and muscle structure, function and growth at the various stages of a child. It provides details expected during each stage so those looking after and working with children understand what a healthy baby and child should look like, how they develop and what signs help us identify any problems early on. A concise list of the major bones, muscles and how information is passed from the nervous system to help transport is covered.
Unit 3: Developmental anatomy and physiology of the child: Part 2
The unit is continuing with the development of major systems, the development of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems ensures that the body is supplied with food and oxygen, and waste is removed from the body. The systems inside a foetal are very different to that of a baby, so the differences are observed and discussed as certain factors such as a mother smoking and drinking can affect the health of the foetus. The two systems are looked at in detail from its individual components such as blood and how oxygen enters our body, to how the mother keeps the foetus healthy and the changes that occur in a baby.
Unit 4: Developmental anatomy and physiology of the child: Part 3
This unit explores the development of the gastrointestinal and renal systems. How a foetus obtains nutrients and water and how it excretes waste, to what a baby and child needs throughout its care is studied in detail. How food is digested, the organs involved, the role of enzymes in digestion to how nutrients are absorbed at all stages of a child’s life is discussed. We look at the systems - the mouth, oesophagus, stomach, intestine, kidneys, liver and the endocrine system which maintains balance in our body through the production of hormones. We investigate systems involved in digestion and the elimination of waste, we study how these grow and develop in the different stages of a child’s life. What constitutes a healthy diet, how do we protect the body, and how do these affect the physical and mental development of a child at each stage is addressed.
Unit 5: Developmental anatomy and physiology of the child: Part 4
In this unit you will look at the function of reproduction to gain an insight into pre-natal development to birth. The main systems covered in this module are those responsible for our senses, so we take an in-depth look at the eyes, the nose, and dentition and how we touch, smell and taste. Each organ is studied in structure and how it works, both in the foetus and after birth as the child grows and develops, many biological terminology is introduced and it is not expected that these will be remembered, but as experience with working with children grows.
Unit 6: Birth and beyond: growth and care of the child
Here you will review how tests and measurements are used to show a child grows and develops immediately it is born to more detailed and accurate coverage of development up to age 7 years. It also looks at nutrition, measurements and weight, together with childhood illness and vaccination programmes. Common ailments and problems in growth and development are identified. It must be stressed here that most statistics are often bases on averages and there will always be differences due to culture, gender and the environment in which a child develops, however such measurements can help to identify any growth problems early and easily.
Unit 7: Language and speech development
This unit explores how language and speech develops and how we learn to speak. This module will cover how babies and children develop language and speech, what processes are involved and how professionals can positively impact on this process. Detailed discussion on what affects how a baby learns, so we all know that parents repeatedly ask babies to say ‘mama’ ‘dada’ so these are often the first words. We look at activities to aid the development of language and look at average normal acquisition of words throughout the life of a child.
Unit 8: The development of cognitive skills
Unit eight helps to gain an understanding of cognitive structures, how to babies know, learn and how babies learn to interact, their development, and the learning of resulting concepts. It also deals with relationships and interaction. This is a contentious subject and there are many theories on how babies and children learn to interact and learn cognition. The nature v nurture debate continues by looking at genetic and environmental influences.
Unit 9: Learning through play
We already know that play is an integral part of child development, and structured play helps the mental and physical development processes. The role of the professional is one of enabler using suitable games that support educational attainment. Games have to be appropriate and evaluated for their effectiveness. Play has different purpose so after lunch when we want children to settle for a nap, gentle music and a story is much better than a stimulating activity. Babies and children need different stimuli, play and games for different learning. The environment in which children are raised is important, a colourful and fully equipped nursery is not essential, but a room full of different textures, books, games and activities is clearly of benefit, a baby can get as much fun from an empty box as they can from the latest technological colourful toy.
Unit 10: Working with children and course collation
The course ends with a look at the many jobs and opportunities there are to work in childcare, from being in a Nursery to a school or looking after children in one’s home. The responsibilities and legal requirements like health and safety, Ofsted and safety is covered in detail. It is recommended that all professionals should have a basic training in first aid and resuscitation. Each role, what it entails and the qualification needed are listed. Key safety requirements from knowing about the various laws to common sense and key safety precautions are covered in depth.
The coursework is assessed through continuous assessment with no formal exit examinations. Through assessment you will cover certain criteria such as:
- Theoretical Knowledge/ Understanding
- Practical Implications
- Integration of Theory and Practice.
The course has TWO Tutor Marked Assignment (TMA); which are graded: Pass or Fail. The grading procedure if Pass or Fail. Your grade will depend upon if the criteria set ha been met and the decision of your tutor. If you Fail an assessment you have the opportunity to amend where your tutor has highlighted and resubmit.
Study Hours (Per Unit)
Approximately: 20 hours personal study time per unit, which is supported by the ODL