FP3109 - Childhood and Education Studies


Childhood and Education Studies


20 CC   10 ECTS

Centre for Foundation Studies, Gateway House, Chester


Lectures, seminars, workshops
Scheduled hours Placement Hours Independent Guided study
60 0 140

Students are expected to attend all timetabled classes.

This module introduces students to key concepts concerning childhood development, safeguarding children and the provision of inclusive practices. The content will include exploration and discussion of:

  • The legislative context
  • Equal opportunities, inclusion and diversity
  • Strategies for promoting inclusive attitudes, practice and provision in child/education settings
  • Recognising categories and types of abuse in children
  • The processes involved in safeguarding children
  • Consider theories of learning
  • Demonstrate an understanding of cognitive, emotional, and social development

  1. Discuss and reflect on personal and societal attitudes, values and prejudices
  2. Develop awareness of addressing the needs of diverse groups of children (aspects of diversity: disability, gender, ethnicity, race, linguistic, culture, socio-economic status)
  3. Develop students’ understanding of the importance of, and mechanisms for safeguarding children in a professional context
  4. Develop students understanding of theories relating to development and learning.

Lectures accompanied by seminars, group work, debate and discussion. Formative assessment will be ongoing and will comprise activities that enable a student to appraise their own learning and guide them towards the development of self-study.

LO1. Consider theories of learning.

LO2. Demonstrate an understanding of cognitive, emotional, and social development.

LO3. Discuss the importance of providing environments that are inclusive.  

LO4. Identify categories and symptoms of child abuse and systems used in child/education settings for safeguarding children.

Component Weighting % Learning outcome(s) assessed Assessment category
1Poster and Viva 15 minutes 50%1 and 2Practical Exam
2Scenario (1,500 words) 50%3 and 4Coursework

 Reassessment will use the same mode of assessment.

Knowles, G. (2018). Supporting inclusive practice and ensuring opportunity is equal for all. London, UK: Routledge

Richards, G. and Armstrong, F. (2016). Teaching and Learning in diverse and inclusive classrooms: Key issues for new teachers. London, UK: Routledge.

Lindon, J. (2016). Safeguarding and child protection. London, United Kingdom: Hodder.

Powell, S. & Smith, K. (2018). An introduction to early childhood studies. London, United Kingdom: Sage.

Dobson, J. (2020). Working with children, families and young people: professional dilemmas, perspectives and solutions. United Kingdom: Routledge.

Reid, J. & Burton, S. (2017). Safeguarding and protecting children in the early years. Abingdon, United Kingdom: Routledge.

Camilla, J., Harwood, C., Gould, D. (2018) Sport Psychology for Young Athletes. United Kingdom: Routledge

Waller, T. & Davies, G. (2017). An Introduction to early childhood. London, United Kingdom: Sage. 

MacBlain, S. (2021). Children's learning in early childhood: learning theories in practice. United Kingdom: SAGE

Catherine Edmondson

Centre for Foundation Studies

Centre for Foundation Studies Board of Studies

Wed, 29 Jun 2022

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