As you'll already know, working as an early years professional is hugely rewarding. It can also be stressful, however, especially if you're new to the profession or if you are worried about a child in your care.
We've worked with MindEd to identify a series of free e-learning sessions designed specifically to help you develop your understanding of child mental health, and to provide tips and advice on how to support mental health and wellbeing in the early years.
There are lots of sessions to choose from. This session developed my knowledge in the subject and I loved the learning style. I could relax on the sofa and do it in my own time, with the added bonus of a certificate to say I had completed the course. Another great feature of my PACEY membership
These sessions provide a comprehensive introduction to the MindEd programme:
- Introducing child development: Describes the organisation and development of the young brain. It covers cognitive development and emotional development.
- Attachment and human development: Describes attachment patterns found in infancy and the research that lies behind it.
- Development of children's thinking: Covers the key stages of cognitive development and the broad factors that influence it
- Developing play and language: Covers language and the implications of disordered language development.
- Emotional development: Covers the fundamentals of social and emotional development, and how it links to mental health in children and young people.
- How environment affects children's mental health: Looks at the social and environmental factors associated with children and young people’s mental health.
- Mental health and wellbeing: Aims to help practitioners to describe mental health and wellbeing and identify the wider social determinants which protect vulnerable children and adolescents.
- What goes wrong?: Children and adolescents may present with mental health difficulties in a wide variety of ways that differ according to their age and developmental stages. This session give a broad view of some of the influences that bring about these difficulties.
- Presentations - an introduction: The session covers the different ways in which major or common emotional and behavioural problems present in childhood and adolescence, and how behaviours are grouped or classified.
- Pre-school presentations: Provides an overview of how common emotional and behavioural problems present in children under 5 and includes guidelines for assessing the child and family.
Access the free MindEd training here and strengthen your understanding of children and young people's mental health.
Early Developmental Support Programme
Early Developmental Support is a programme of six online learning sessions, each requiring about half an hour of study time, including self-assessments. It aims to provide essential information on supporting children and young people at neurodevelopmental risk due to disabilities or other challenges to their development.
The course consists of the following e-learning sessions:
- Supporting Children’s and Young People’s Development
- An Introduction to Using Early Support Materials in Context
- Introducing and Using a Developmental Journal
- Developmental Journal Visual Impairment: Developmental Principles Part 1
- Developmental Journal Visual Impairment: Developmental Principles Part 2
- General Developmental Principles
To access the course you'll need an e-LfH account. Once registered, the course is accessible to a wide group of early years and allied health professionals.