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

Course overview

This introductory course is for you if you want to develop skills, knowledge and understanding in working with babies, children, young people, and families. It is particularly suitable for those at the early stages of developing a professional career in the children's and young people's sector.

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

You will undertake six modules each ten weeks long. 

Year one

In the first year you will study the core module, ‘Understanding children’s communication and its meaning’ and two further modules: ‘Seeing beneath the surface: developing observational skills’, and ‘Family crises and their consequences’. 

Year two

In the second year you will study the core module ‘Growing up: The main conflicts and challenges and then choose two further modules from a number of elective modules, depending on your specialist interest and relevance to your working role and setting.

The elective modules are as follows:

  • Disturbing and challenging behaviour: issues for looked-after children
  • Growing up with disability
  • Communication at work
  • Problems at school.

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 is course is for you if you work in a support role in the health, education, social care, residential care or childcare sector. You may be a new graduate with limited work-based experience and want to develop your career in working with children and families or you may be ready for a career change and are looking for a starting point in a new working role with children and young people. 

Students on this course have included au pairs, child minders, 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 seminars
  • be motivated for independent reading and study.

The annual fee for this course is £2650 for Home/EU students and £5300 for International students. 

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. 

Please note that course fees are subject to a 2% or CPI uplift each year, whichever is greater.

The previous code for this course was EC1.

Graduate Certificate / Diploma
Course length:
2 years
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Course lead:
Matthew Chuard

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