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Course overview

The dates for this course will be published as soon as possible.

Please express your interest for this course by selecting the link above. We always welcome your feedback so if the course you want isn't available here please do let us know

The course is intended for those who are preparing to progress to working with children or working towards a career in child development. The course is also valuable in helping parents support their own children to learn.

It is recommended that learners have completed one of Learn Telford’s short unaccredited Child Psychology courses in preparation for the Level 1 but this is not mandatory.

By the end of the course, learners should:

  • Know more about children’s social and emotional needs and how they can be met
  • Understand key aspects of child development
  • Understand how to encourage children to feel positive about themselves
  • Understand the role and purpose of play in child development

Learners will study units in:

  • Understanding Children’s Social and Emotional Development Level 1
  • Understanding Play Level 1

By successfully completing this course you will achieve an Level 1 Award in Child Development (OCNWM)

The course is taught in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere with an experienced tutor, and there is opportunity to meet and socialise with other in the group in a friendly, relaxed environment.

Learners with any special needs can discuss these with the tutor at the information session to ensure that the course is suitable or can be adapted for their needs.


Session details

The duration of the course may vary from between 8 and 12 weekly sessions and will be available in venues across Telford and Wrekin.

We understand it can be difficult for you to take the first steps and try something new so, on the first day of the course, our friendly tutor will talk to you about the course and offer some useful information and advice.

Places are limited and registering your interest and attending the information session does not guarantee a place on the course.

Eligibility criteria

The course is free if you are:

  • a parent or carer with a child at a school in Telford which offers our Family Learning courses
  • Unemployed
  • or you are employed and earn less than £17,004 annual gross salary

You will need to provide evidence of your income if you are employed and believe you are entitled to a free course. This could be a pay slip or contract of employment.
If you are employed, the course is part funded by the government but you will be required to make a contribution.

We also operate a fee remission policy, so if you earn more than £17,004 per year but still cannot afford to pay for course you can apply for support. This may mean you get the course for free.  

Please contact us if you would like to make an application.

Venue and accessibility

To be confirmed


Open College Network West Midlands (OCNWM)

After the course

Are you feeling more confident and want to continue your learning?

At the end of the course, the tutor will help and advise you on your next steps into further learning or work opportunities. You can also search for more courses on Learn Telford which we regularly update with details of new courses throughout the year.

We offer a wide range of short taster courses you can try in community centres around Telford and, when you feel ready to take your learning further, we can offer you an opportunity to join an accredited course and help you gain a qualification.

For learners looking for work or who want a change in career, we can offer you advice to guide you in the right direction and opportunities to gain qualifications in English and maths in Functional Skills up to Level 2.

For enquiries contact:

Opening Hours 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday

Telephone: 01952 382888

Email: support@learntelford.ac.uk

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