Online courses are a great way for students to develop a deeper knowledge of a subject without the pressure demanded by an on-campus class. Rather than going to class on a set schedule, you can log onto an online course to learn whenever you want.
What is an online course in early childhood education? This online class develops students’ knowledge of the practices, theories and approaches one may take to educate children between infancy and age two. This is a formative period for children, and the class typically focuses on understanding the stages of development they are in so that educators can better teach children. Some of the other areas covered in the course may be forming appropriate learning activities and creating educational settings for children.
This course is beneficial to any student who aspires to enter a career in early childhood education. Developing lesson plans and building the ability to teach is a skill that will be applicable to a litany of other potential career choices, too.
If you are like many students, and you are worried about the cost of enrolling in a course, you may be relieved to know that the admission office at the school you attend can provide information on financial aid.
Many students who elect to take an online course in early childhood education are likely also pursuing careers in the field, but there are plenty of other job opportunities you may pursue as a result of the course. With the knowledge you develop, you could seek out jobs working as an educational consultant, child development specialist or teacher at another grade level. These are just a few of the opportunities that will let you put your knowledge of early childhood and education to use.
Schools around the world offer online courses in early childhood education. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.
Supporting Physical Development in Early Childhood Course – Public Health England
Learn how to ensure young children do enough physical activity and how it improves child mental and physical health development.
Discover the benefits of physical activity for children and babies
On this course, you’ll discover the importance of physical activity for young children’s overall development.
As you explore the holistic health and developmental benefits of physical activity, you’ll learn low cost, effective ways of ensuring babies and young children meet the 180 minutes per day of recommended activity.
You’ll find out how physical activity can improve child mental health and wellbeing, as well as contribute to the prevention of childhood obesity.
The course draws on research and expertise from academics from early childhood, sport and fitness at Public Health England.
What topics will you cover?
- Growth and physical development of babies and young children.
- The relationship between physical development and other areas of development.
- Why physical development should be supported.
- Factors that can impact supporting babies and young children’s physical development – challenges and solutions.
- Supporting physical development through indoor and outdoor play and activities.
When would you like to start?
Most FutureLearn courses run multiple times. Every run of a course has a set start date but you can join it and work through it after it starts.
- Available now
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to:
- Identify the importance of movement skills to the overall health, wellbeing and development of young children.
- Explore the relationship between physical growth and development.
- Describe the body systems and their relationship to moving and learning.
- Describe the relationship between movement skills/language and communication skills/literacy.
- Identify the appropriate physical/movement activities for each age and stage of development from 0–5 years.
- Explore how parents and practitioners can work together to support the physical development of all children.
Who is the course for?
The course is designed for adults involved in caring for or educating babies and young children.
As well as being aimed at practitioners in the workforce, the course will give adults, including parents, who are involved in the care and education of babies and young children the opportunity to access evidence-based research.