There are three distinct programmes for different ages, all focusing on crucial areas for the health professional team caring for children and young people. A team of multidisciplinary experts developed and quality assured the programmes.
- Healthy child programme - 0 to 5 years
- Healthy school child programme - 5 to 12 years
- Adolescent health programme - 12 to 18 years
Early developmental support - special educational needs and disabilities
We developed this course with Health Education England eLearning for Healthcare (e-LfH) in association with The Open University, Great Ormond Street Hospital and the University of Hertfordshire.
The course enables skills development for professionals from health, education and social care who are involved in the care of children with special educational needs and disabilities.
The six eLearning sessions that make up the course build on scientific evidence, as well as practitioner and family experiences. These sessions cover:
- Supporting children 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 (two sessions)
- General developmental principles (for use with all developmental journals).
The sessions are designed to be accessed at three levels:
- Broad audience, including parents and generic practitioners
- Health professionals, allied health professionals and practitioners
- Specialist health and educational professionals.
The course incorporates a wide range of materials from the Early Support Programme, which created specialist developmental journals related to specific conditions and more general developmental journals for preschool and school age children and young people.
The course also provides a portal to the journals themselves and the full range of other Early Support materials. The Developmental Journal for Babies and Young Children with Visual Impairment (DJVI), for example, provides structured early childhood intervention and guidance for young children with visual impairment. However, training is essential for its effective and safe use.