Study For Free: Introduction to
and self-regulation in early years course

We’re very fortunate that many of the courses offer are currently funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (part of the Department for Education). This means that individuals can enrol on these some of our courses for free (subject to meeting the funding eligibility criteria outlined below) and gain a nationally accredited NCFE CACHE qualification upon successful completion.

All the courses we offer are delivered on a flexible, distance learning basis. Therefore, there’s no need to attend college or face-to-face classes.

One of our most popular courses right now is the NCFE CACHE Level 2 Award in an Introduction to Neuroscience in Early Years. This can be completed in as little as 4 weeks.

Written for us by award-winning author, Dr Mine Conkbayir, this important and thought-provoking course combines two highly topical themes within child development and early years provision – neuroscience and self-regulation.

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Neuroscience is an exciting field of research that has huge significance to anyone who supports babies or young children. This course is designed to give learners a gentle introduction to the subject, and to share with them some of the remarkable insights it has given us in terms of how the infant brain develops, and how this is affected by a range of external influences.

For example, advances in technology mean we can now see the damaging effects that stress, trauma and a lack of adult care and affection can have on the developing structures of the brain and how these can detrimentally affect learning and behaviour. Conversely, we can also see the powerful and positive effects of affectionate and responsive caregiver relationships and of nurturing care environments.

The course also explores the topic of self-regulation in early years. These are a critical set of skills that help children to remain calm, attentive and able to deal with powerful emotions such as fear, anger and sadness. Children are not born with these skills; they develop them over time when they are supported to understand their feelings and actions by caring and responsive adults.

As well as explaining the theory behind the science, this course will provide learners with practical advice in terms of how to promote healthy brain development in the critical first seven years of life, and how they can support children to develop those vital self-regulation skills.
  • The course is fully funded courtesy of the Education Skills Funding Agency.
  • It is available to individuals as well as to organisations.
  • No need to attend college – study from home. The course is delivered on a distance learning basis over 4 weeks.
  • You will receive a hard copy version of all the course materials free of charge (which you keep at the end of the course). This is very different to many learning providers that only provide time-limited online learning materials.
  • Choice of submitting your work electronically or by post. 
  • No exams – the qualification is assessed by completing the assessment questions provided.
  • Dedicated tutor support provided throughout.
  • The qualification is OFQUAL-regulated and is accredited by the awarding body NCFE CACHE. It is a level 2 qualification.
  • As an educational publishing company, we will provide you with the learning materials you need to study the course. We will also help you to enrol on the course with one of our partner colleges that has the funding to run the course for free.
  • Candidates must have been aged 19 or above on 31/8/2023.
  • Candidates aged 19-23 must already hold a full level 2 qualification. There are no prior qualification requirements for candidates aged 24 or above.
  • Candidates must currently live in England and have resided there for the past 3 years.
  • Candidates must not be enrolled on an apprenticeship.
  • Please be aware, some regions in England have devolved funding for which we may not have coverage. 
  • Funding is limited and currently only available for the remainder of the 2023-24 academic year.

If you meet the funding eligibility criteria above and wish to enrol, please fill out the expression of interest form below.

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