40 credits at level HE5
This module aims to help the student to:
1. Become confident, competent and responsive practitioners in working with children aged 0 - 3.
2. Understand and appreciate the wider world of the child in their family in a culture.
3. develope analytical and practical perspectives on assessing children in need.
An examination of all aspects of care and support of the child 0 - 3years in a variety of setting; from home to daycare to wider family to neighbourhood.
The relevance and application of the current evidence base in caring for and supporting children.
Theroetical perspectives of the holistic developmental stages of children 0 - 3 years.
Principles of effective working relationships and partnerships with parents/carers.
The relevance of multi-professional, inter sectoral collaboration in working with babies, children and carers.
Assessing needs in children 0 - 3, with particular reference to the Department of Health's, `Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need', allied to individual differences among children 0-3 (e.g. temperament; personality).
The theoretical principles and practical applications of behaviour management stratetgies in children 0 - 3.
Strategies to promote self esteem and emotional security in children aged 0 - 3 years.
Teaching will be through a mix of formal lecture sessions, discussion groups, seminars, workshops and tutorials. A student centred approach teaching, learning and assessment will promote the development of competent, independent and autonomous practitioners capable of problem solving through critical and creative thinking. All activities will promote the use of evidence to inform best practice. Four hundred student hours will be devoted to the module of which, 120 will be guided learning.
Assessment: This will be based on three elements:
1. Essay: One essay of about 3,000 words applying theoretical perspectives to aspects of the 0 - 3 age range child such as patterns of care within families, emergent devlopmental patterns (ie Language or social skills)
2. A Practice File reflecting their work with children 0 - 3 with whom they have acted in a professional capacity. This in association with a practice assessment will be assessed.
3 A Case Study based on a child known to the student and who has had parental approval to do the assignment. This will cover the the period of the first three years of the child's life.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Have supported the care of children 0 - 3 in effective partnership with parents/carers||Has evidence in Practical File of having provided appropriate care for a child.|
|2.||Have clarified the system of wide support for children 0-3.||Have provided detail on the role of the DoH and its professional personnel.|
|3.||Have developed their knowledge of the critical features of safe and rich environment for children 0-3.||Have presented within an essay evidence of what consititutes a responsive learning environment for children 0-3.|
|4.||Has located sources of help, support and regulation for children 0-3 within the community.||Has successfully used Bronfenbrenner's ecological model of the different sources of support for children.|
|5.||Has participated in multi-professional and inter-sectoral practice to promote the care of a child in a family setting.||Has analysised the issues involved in collaborative working and indicated how this benefits the child.|
|6.||Has assessed the needs of a child in the 0-3 age range within the wider background of culture and family.||Has successfully used the DoH's Assessment Framework to assess a child's needs.|
|7.||Have identified some of the influences contributing to the emergence of personality.||Have clarified role of temperament, relaionship with parents/ primary carers, reinforcement history and sense of self in helping to account for individual differences among children 0 to 3.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Essay 1||Case Study||Practice File|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
and/or be taking the following corequisite modules:
You cannot take this module if you are taking or have taken:
Abbott, L and Maylett, H (1997) Working with the Under Threes: responding to children's needs. London: Open Univ Press.
Abbott L (2004) Birth to 3 Matters: Supporting the framework for Effective Practice OU Press
Atkinson, Tony (2002) Social Indicators. Oxford: OUP
DfES Publications The Early Years Foundation Stage: Setting the Standards for Learning, Development and Care for Children from Birht to 5
Dowling M. (2005) 2nd Ed Young Children's Personal, Social and Emotional Development Chapman
Elfer P, Selleck D and Goldschmied E (2003) Key Persons in the Nursery David Fulton
Golsdscmied E and jackson S, (2003) 2nd Ed People Under 3:Young Children in Daycare. London Routledge
Hill, M (Ed) (1999) Effective Ways of Working with Children and their Families. London: Jussica Kingsley.
Smith P, Cowie H and Blades M (2003) 4th Ed Understanding Children' s Development Blackwell
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