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Children's Holistic Learning and Development


The module explores the construction of childhood and examines the underpinning theory of child development pre and post birth.  In turn, the Realising the Ambition guidance document and early level frameworks will be investigated through the lens of psychological research, socio-cultural theory and developmentally appropriate practice.  A particular emphasis will be placed on empowering children to develop metacognitive skills. 

Students will compare, contrast and evaluate the contribution of psychology towards understanding human development e.g. neuroscience, nature-nurture debate, cognition, language and learning, social and emotional elements - particularly looking at core theorists such as Piaget, Vygotsky, Bruner, Bowlby, Chomsky and Nutbrown.  Current Early Learning and Childcare frameworks will be explored and liked to this underpinning theory. 

At the end of this module the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of developmental theories relating to Early Learning and Childcare
  • Compare and contrast theory and link to play, learning and development
  • Acquire broad knowledge of the Scottish Government frameworks for children’s learning and the resulting expected practice
  • Investigate some aspects of professional practice by drawing on the main psychological and learning theories and principles which underpin the frameworks


This is an SCQF Level 7 module and upon successful completion, participants will be awarded 20 credits.



The module will be delivered at Lanarkshire campus on Fridays, time to be confirmed.


Course presenter

This module will be delivered by Laura Lindsay.



This course may be available on a fully funded basis to some delegates.  Further details, including regarding eligibility, are available under Funding Support.

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NOTE: This is a university module and upon approval of your application, you will be invited to register and then supported to complete enrolment. To enrol on the university system, the first step involves security set-up using the Microsoft Authenticator app; you will need to ensure that you have a compatible smartphone.

Further information is available at the Student Information Portal.

To access this module via the CPD route, individuals should be ordinarily resident in Scotland.  If you do not meet this criteria, please enquire here.

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