Emotional care of babies, children, young people and families (EC1)

Course overview

This introductory course will introduce you to key psychoanalytic ideas and how they connect to your real-life observation and experience of working with children of all ages and their families. Experiential learning and an observational approach are integral to this course.

Each year you will study three modules lasting 10 weeks.

Year 1: Graduate Certificate

In order to gain the Graduate Certificate you will need to complete the following three modules:

  • Understanding Children’s Communication and its Meaning
  • Seeing Beneath the Surface: Developing Observational Skills
  • Family Crises and their Consequences

Year 2: Graduate Diploma

To gain the Graduate Diploma you will first need to pass the Graduate Certificate and then complete the following three modules:

  • Growing Up: The Main Conflicts and Challenges
  • Disturbing and challenging behaviour: Issues for Looked-After Children
  • Growing up with Disability

This course will help you acquire skills, understanding and reflective practice in working with babies, children, young people, parents and families.  It will allow you to develop your knowledge and understanding of the complexity of communication within relationships.  You will be introduced to key psychoanalytic ideas and how they connect to your real-life observation and experience with children and families.  And finally, you will be able to develop your confidence and expertise in progressing your career working with children and families.

This course is suitable for those at the early stages of developing a professional career in the children's and young people's sector as well as those working in the field who wish to further develop their knowledge and understanding and acquire a formal university accredited qualification. 

For example:

  • If you work in a support role in the health, education, social care, residential care or childcare sector.
  • A graduate with limited work-based experience and want to develop your career in working with children and families.
  • Career change and are looking for a starting point in a new working role with children and young people.

Past students have been au pairs, child minders, journalists, professionals from the business sector, community workers, family support workers, foster carers, nursery workers, play leaders, social work assistants, teaching assistants and staff in children’s centres.

If you have successfully completed our ten week Continuing Professional Development course ‘Developing a diverse child and adolescent workforce’ this course may also be for you.

In order to undertake this course, we ask that you:

  • have an interest in work with children of all ages, young people and their families
  • have achieved an undergraduate degree or demonstrate equivalent learning or achievement
  • have the capacity for active participation in workshops and seminar
  • be motivated for independent reading and study.


Thursday evenings, 4.45 to 7.30pm 


You will be assessed at the end of each module through a range of different written assignments.

Matthew Chuard is an Educational Psychologist and Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist. 


£3040 per annum


£6080 per annum

Please note that course fees are subject to a 3% or CPI uplift each year, whichever is greater.

We are happy offer a range of ways to pay your fees, as well as some funding for specific courses.  

Please contact us if you have any questions. 

Graduate Certificate / Diploma
Course length:
2 years
Thursday evenings
The Tavistock Centre, London
Theoretical approach:
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Course lead:
Matthew Chuard

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