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Flexible child development training for mums, dads, carers, and those interested in a career in childcare. Course outlines and links to apply for a course are here.

playbase 1 online

This introductory course  is delivered through readings, e-tivities and an assignment, as well as tutor input and online discussion with fellow students. It requires approximately 2-3 hours per week to complete, although this will vary depending on your learning pace and style. You can begin a course at any time, and complete it in a timescale which fits in with your life. 

This course asks questions such as What is play? Why does it matter? How does play affect the learning and development of young children? In order to relect on these questions you will:

  • Explore the value and role of play in the development of young children.
  • Look back on your own memories of play and consider children's play needs at different ages and stages.
  • Consider the role of art and creativity in the early years.
  • Discover how to build on children's play experiences and share these with other adults in their lives.
  • Learn about Froebel, one of the pioneers of early years education.
  • Design an indoor play space (assignment), taking into account children's wellbeing, health and safety at different ages.

This course is for anyone with an interest in the early years child. You may be:

  • A parent or carer who would like to understand more about the development of your child and how to best support their learning through play.
  • Someone who would like to work with young children in a creche, nursery, or as a childminder in your own home.*
  • Someone who already works or volunteers with children who would like to develop their knowledge and understanding, and perhaps work towards a qualification.*
  • Any of the above who also wants to gain valuable digital skills in a meaningful context.

*Also see Playbase 3 (SCQF Level 3) which introduces you to Professional Practice in Childcare Settings.

At the beginning of a course you will complete a learning plan to help you focus on what you want to achieve and help you stay on track.

Tutors will offer guidance and feedback on e-tivities and assignments, as well as answering your questions and facilitating a positive and progressive learning environment. We believe you are in charge of your own learning and we are here to support you in getting the most out of our courses.

You will have the opportunity to engage with other students in our forum - a great source of peer learning and support.

If you have reading or language needs, you can seek extra help from our training support worker. Course materials are clearly written so as to be accessible to all.

Course fees are £60/£10*

*The lower cost is for people who receive eligible benefits (these are defined on the checkout page).

To apply at the concessionary rate of £10 please use the code PB1CONCESSION15 at the checkout.

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playbase 2

This course looks at different types of play and how young children develop in different play settings. It explores the roles of mums, dads and playworkers in giving children the right experiences for their age and stage. Other topics include language and storytelling, and the value of observing children at play.
People who would like to take another step towards working with young children. Parents and carers who’d like to know more about their child’s development and how to support their learning through play.
We’ve written our course notes to make them clearer for people with language or reading needs. Our training support worker can also help you.
Course fees are £60/£10* for an eight week course. *The lower cost is for people who receive eligible benefits.
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playbase 3 (SCQF Level 3)

This accredited online course introduces you to childcare as a profession. It consists of readings, e-tivities and an assignment, as well as input from an online tutor and peer learning opportunities. The areas you will cover include: 

  • A look at different settings where care is provided.
  • What works and what enhances a childcare setting, for example enabling mixed age groups.
  • Diversity and difference in play settings.
  • Working in partnership with parents/carers and other services
  • Getting It Right For Every Child - exploring the wellbeing wheel.
  • Managing risk in the early years
  • Child protection and the role of staff in identifying and responding to concerns about a child.
  • The value of outings and the importance of careful planning.
  • Preparing for employment or further training.

This course is for people who have a professional interest in the care of young children. These may include:

  • Those who are preparing to work with young children.
  • Those who already work or volunteer with young children, who don't yet have a qualification.
  • Those who would like to study at further education level, but who need a first step course to build their confidence, and ease into learning.
  • Parents/Carers who would like an insight into how their children are cared for in nurseries and other care settings.
  • Any of the above who seek an entry-level qualification (SCQF Level 3) and an opportunity to gain basic digital skills in a meaningful context.

At the beginning of a course you will complete a learning plan to help you focus on what you want to achieve and help you stay on track.

Tutors will offer guidance and feedback on e-tivities and assignments, as well as answering your questions and facilitating a positive and progressive learning environment. We believe you are in charge of your own learning and we are here to support you in getting the most out of our courses.

You will have the opportunity to engage with other students in our forum - a great source of peer learning and support.

If you have reading or language needs, you can seek extra help from our training support worker. Course materials are clearly written so as to be accessible to all.

Course fees are £100/£25* 

*The lower cost is for people who receive eligible benefits (these are defined on the checkout page).

To apply at the concessionary rate of £25 please use the code PB3CONCESSION15 at the checkout.

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Digital Play for Young Children

This eight-week course is about the ways in which young children (0-6 years) play with digital devices. It covers topics including:

  • The differences between virtual and real world play
  • Types of digital play
  • How to decide if a digital product is good for young children
  • The role of grandparents, carers and siblings in supporting play
  • Your own digital habits as a parent/carer
  • Screentime for young children
  • Keeping safe on the internet

The course has been designed by the Children and Technology group from The University of Edinburgh. It aims to show you what digital products are available and help you make good choices for young children. It is delivered through videos, readings, e-tivities and assignments. You will be supported by an online tutor and discuss the course online with other students.

The course is for anyone with an interest in young children’s digital play. This might include:

  • Parents and Carers
  • Grandparents
  • Childminders
  • Early Years Educators
  • Nursery Workers
  • Health Practitioners
  • Other professionals who work with families

Structured, Supported Learning

You can begin this course at any time, and work though it in your own time.

Before you begin, you will complete an independent learning plan. This will help you to focus on what you want to learn and the way that you learn best.

Your online tutor will answer your questions and offer help throughout the course. If you have problems understanding the language or completing work because of your English, our training support worker will help you.

Course fees are £60/£10* 

*The lower cost is for people who receive eligible benefits (these are defined on the checkout page).

 

To apply at the concessionary rate of £10 please use the code DPCONCESSION17 at the checkout.

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Short Course - Storytelling

This short course explores traditional stories and stories by modern authors and illustrators. Students will be invited to share the stories they remember from childhood. Nursery rhymes and story games will be discussed as these bring storytelling to life. There will also be an opportunity for you to make simple finger puppets. The course as a whole shows the ways that books and storytelling help young children with speech and language development. Stories are also told through music and there will be input on musical activities. A fun and engaging course where you can learn a bit about Scottish culture and share your own!
This course is for those who are interested in telling and reading stories to children, at home or in a childcare setting.
We’ve written our course notes to make them clearer for people with language or reading needs. Our training support worker can also help you.
£40/£10* for a three week course. *The lower cost is for people who receive eligible benefits.
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Short Course - Understanding Under Threes

This three-week course looks at how children develop in their first three years. You will also learn about the bond of attachment and how responsive carers meet babies’ needs. You will also find out about the value of play in the lives of young children.
Mums, dads, grandparents and carers of young children who would like to understand their role in their child’s life. People who would like to find out more about the development of young children. Anyone interested in working with young children will also benefit from this course.
We’ve written our course notes to make them clearer for people with language or reading needs. Our training support worker can also help you.
£40/£10* for a three week course. *The lower cost is for people who receive eligible benefits.
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Short Course - Child Safety

This short course looks at how important safety is at various stages in your child’s development. You will become more aware of the common causes of accidents in the home. You will also learn the practical steps you can take to avoid accidents.
Anyone who looks after or works with children, particularly at home, such as mums, dads, grandparents, carers and childminders.
If you have language or reading needs, our training support worker can help you.
£40/£10* for a two week course. *The lower cost is for people who receive eligible benefits.
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Understanding Play

This course looks more deeply at child development and explores a range of play that enhances young children’s development and well-being. Two textbooks will add to your understanding. The course also covers behaviour, language development and communicating with parents. You will learn about the early thinkers who formed the base of modern education – Froebel, Montessori and Steiner. Once you complete the course you will have a greater understanding of how children learn and how you can best support their learning.
Playworkers who are keen to extend their standard of childcare practice and education. If you’ve taken Playbase 1, 2 and 3 you can apply for this course, although we prefer students to have experience in a play setting.
We’ve written our course notes to make them clearer for people with language or reading needs. Our training support worker can also help you.
Course fees are £60/£10* for an eight week course. *The lower cost is for people who receive eligible benefits.
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