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Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Rethinking Child Development

Course Description

Rethinking Child Development is an 8 session online CPD course designed to challenge practitioners to extend their understanding and knowledge of child development. It aims to support practitioners to reflect on established views and explore new directions and understanding in this important field.

As well as exploring existing and more contemporary views of child development, the course will also explore holistic development, resilience and well-being and development through play and brain development.


An exciting opportunity has arisen to receive a fully subsidised CPD course from Glyndwr University.

As we launch our programme of Childhood Studies online CPD courses, a unique opportunity has arisen to offer the first 20 credit, level 4 course, free of charge to practitioners in the children’s workforce.

Course Content

The course is divided in to two sets of 4 sessions with an assessment after each set. The sessions are as follows:

Understanding the Child and Childhood - In this session we examine how thinking about childhood and children in society influences thinking and practice regarding child development.

Dominant Theories of Child Development - In this session we examine how theory has influenced current thinking and practice regarding child development and why ‘Developmentalism’ has become the dominant view.

Alternative Theories of Child Development - In this session we start to examine the alternative theories and ways of thinking about child development so we can challenge practice and better understand the role of the child in their own development.

Next Steps in Child Development - The final session in this section asks ‘where next?’ Where is our understanding of child development going and how will this influence practice?

Understanding Holistic Development - In the second section of the course we start to look at key themes regarding child development. In the first session we examine what it means to view development holistically and how this fits with the dominant view of ‘Developmentalism’.

Understanding the Role of Resilience and Well-being - In the second session we examine the role that resilience and well-being play in children’s development as we acknowledge children as being active participants.

Understanding Development through Play - In the third session we examine the role of play in supporting children’s development.

Understanding Brain Development - In the final session we examine current knowledge regarding brain development and how this impacts understanding of child development and what this could mean in practice.

How Will I Study?

At Glyndwr University we use an interactive online learning environment called Moodle. You will have 24/7 access to Moodle for the duration of the course so you can study at a time convenient to you.

You will have support from an experienced tutor whilst studying online. They will work with you on Moodle and you can make contact through Moodle messaging, chat forums, e-mail and telephone.

You will study the content online through reading, watching videos, listening to podcasts and by using discussion forums to share your ideas and experiences with the tutor and other students.

To complete the course you would be expected to study for approximately 4 hours per week with some additional time for reading and completing assignments.

Visit the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Rethinking Child Development page on the Wrexham Glyndwr University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

To gain full benefit from the CPD course Rethinking Child Development it is advised that you hold a level 3 qualification (relevant to working with children) and that you currently work or have some experience of working in the children’s workforce (paid or voluntary).

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