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Learn more about child psychology and development - an ideal course for anyone working or living with children!

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  • Understand the theories of child development and psychology.
  • Gain an in-depth insight into the development of a child's thinking and behaviour.
  • A valuable resource for parents, teachers, youth workers, and anyone working with children.

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Study Child Psychology and learn to understand and communicate better with children.

Enrol now! Reduced Price plus 6 free eBooks.

  • Understand more about child development.
  • Study child development, new born behaviour, child development theories, learning, emotions, socialisation, language, cognitive development and much more.
  • A great course for any working with children, or for parents.



There are 12 lessons in this course:

1. Introduction to Child Psychology

  • Levels of development.
  • Nature or nurture.
  • Isolating hereditary characteristics.
  • Cause versus correlation.
  • Continuity versus discontinuity.
  • Cross sectional and longitudinal studies.
  • Reliability of verbal reports.

2. The Newborn Infant

  • The Interactionist Approach.
  • Range of Reaction.
  • Niche Picking.
  • Temperament Stimulus seeking.
  • Emotional Disturbances During Pregnancy.

3. States and Senses of the Infant

  •  Sensory Discrimination.
  • Infant States (sleep, inactivity, waking, crying etc.).
  • Why are Psychologists so concerned with defining and describing infant states?
  • Habituation.
  • Crying.
  • Soothing a Distressed Baby.
  • Sound Discrimination.
  • Smell and Taste Discrimination.
  • Visual Discrimination.
  • Depth Perception.
  • Oral Sensitivity.

4. Learning

  • Habituation.
  • Vicarious Learning.
  • Classical Conditioning.
  • Operant Conditioning.
  • Reinforcement.
  • The Importance of Learning Control, etc.

5. Emotions and Socialisation

  • Producing and Recognising Emotional Expression.
  • Smiling, Biological Explanation.
  • Perceptual Recognition Explanation.
  • The Mother-Child Attachment.
  • Freudian Approach Bowlby's Approach.
  • Social Learning Approach.
  • Harlow's Approach.
  • The Role of Cognition in Attachment Formation.
  • Maternal Attachment.
  • Fear, Social Learning.
  • Perceptual Recognition.
  • Women's Dual Role as Mothers and Workers, day care.

6. Cognitive Development

  • Developing the Ability to Reason.

7. Language Development

  • Is language learned, or are we genetically programmed with it?
  • The Social Learning Approach.
  • The Hypothesis Testing Approach.
  • Under Extending.

8. Intelligence

  • Measuring Intelligence.
  • Cultural Bias.
  • IQ.
  • Testing Intelligence as a tool.

9. Socialisation: Part A

  • Social Cognition - self awareness, awareness of others as individuals in their own right, the development of empathy, taking turns, having a point of view/perspective, ability to see something from another person's perspective.
  • Friendships.
  • Social Scripts, Scripts that Pretend Play.

10. Morality

  • Moral development.
  • Aggression & Altruism.
  • Freud's Approach.
  • Piaget's Approach.
  • Kohlberg's Approach.

11. Sexuality

  • Freud's phases (oral phase, anal phase, phallic phase, latent phase, genital phase).
  • The Acquisition of Gender and Role Identity.
  • Concept of Psycho-Social Development.

12. Socialisation: Part B

  • The Family Influence.
  • Discipline.
  • Siblings.
  • Family Structures.
  • School Influence.
  • Peer Influence.
  • Acceptance and Rejection.
  • Imitation and Reinforcement.



  • Identify key concepts and issues in child psychology.
  • Understand theories on the psychology of the newborn infant.
  • Explain the different types of sense discrimination that babies develop.
  • Identify how children learn and influences on learning.
  • Discuss theories of emotion and their basis in child behaviour.
  • Explain how children develop cognitively.
  • Explain how children develop language.
  • Explain influences on the development of intelligence in a child.
  • Explain personal aspects of socialisation.
  • Explain factors affecting the development of morality in children.
  • Explain the development of sexuality within children.
  • Explain the impact of schooling and family structures on personality development.



You can start the course at any time.

It is studied by distance learning, so you can study in the comfort of your own home. But this doesn't mean you are all alone in your studies.  Our highly qualified and friendly tutors are there to help you every step of the way.  If you have any questions at all, they are always happy to help.

Each lesson includes set tasks, and is completed with an assignment which the student submits to their course tutor.  The tutor will mark the assignment and return this to the student with comments and suggestions for further reading.

This course will show you how children develop psychologically as they grow, and what factors (such as learning, parenting styles, reinforcement, and genetic make-up) influence their behaviour and thinking. Anyone who lives or works with children will gain valuable insights into child behaviour. Students of counselling or psychology will be better prepared to understand childhood influences on later adult behaviour.


"It's very interesting. I am always fascinated by children's behaviour. It helps in my work and with my own children to have a clear understanding of their nature/nurture. I made the right choice (when I chose this) course. The credit goes to ACS."

Judy Augustine, Child Care worker, Child Psychology course.


A useful course to improve your job and career prospects and improve your understanding of children.

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Meet some of our academics

Tracey Jones (psychology)B.Sc. (Hons) (Psychology), M.Soc.Sc (social work), DipSW (social work), PGCE (Education), PGD (Learning Disability Studies) Tracey began studying psychology in 1990. She has a wide range of experience within the psychology and social work field, particularly working with people with learning disabilities. She is also qualified as a teacher and now teaches psychology and social work related subjects. She has been a book reviewer for the British Journal of Social Work and has also written many textbooks, blogs, articles and ebooks on psychology, writing, sociology, child development and more. She has had also several short stories published.
Miriam ter BorgPsychologist, Youth Worker, Teacher, Author and Natural Therapist. Miriam was previously an Outdoor Pursuits Instructor, Youth Worker, Surfing College Program Coordinator, Massage Therapist, Business Owner/Manager. Miriam's qualifications include B.Sc.(Psych), DipRem.Massage, Cert Ourdoor Rec.
Dr. Gareth PearceGraduated from the University of Nottingham in 1982 with a B.Sc.(Hons) in Animal Science. Between 82 and 85 worked as Research Assistant and Demonstator in Animal Science at the University of Leeds. Over more than 30 years he has furthered his studies, obtaining eight significant university qualifications including degrees in Veterinary Science, Wildlife Conservation and Animal Behaviour. Gareth has significant teaching experience around the world as a faculty member at eight different universities including Associate Professor at Murdoch University and Director of Studies in Veterinary Science at Cambridge University. He has over 100 prestigious research papers published, and enjoys an outstanding international reputation in the fields of animal and veterinary science.

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