Why should I enrol in a certified Child Development course?

In any career, continuous professional development is vital. Completing ongoing training helps you grow as a professional by gaining new knowledge, reflecting on your experience and mastering new skills to take back into the workplace.

Professional development also demonstrates your passion and commitment to your sector and shows you are dedicated to your chosen career. When working with young children in private, domestic households, earning an OCN-London approved qualification via our course, Child Development, caregivers can ensure they are ready for a professional childcare placement.

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Get practical tips and advice

With a plethora of different courses related to caring for children available, it can be difficult to know which ones to choose.

The International Nanny Institute Child Development course has been put together by a team of experts who are respected professionals in their fields.

In this course, they include practical advice as well as academic information so nannies can benefit from tips and advice that apply directly to their everyday work.

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Update your knowledge

Our Child Development course is designed to introduce you to the typical developmental patterns and milestones of different age groups and teach you how to best support children’s development in a range of areas.

The course covers the growth and development of newborns, infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school-age children.

The course is a great way for you to ensure that your knowledge and expectations are up to date, and to give you ideas of how you can best support children.

Plan age and stage appropriate activities

Supporting children’s development whilst working as a nanny requires slightly different skills to supporting children in other settings.

This course is tailored to those working in a nanny role and will teach you about how children learn and develop throughout their early years and beyond.

It also covers important developmental milestones and patterns so that you can plan appropriate activities to support children’s development according to their age and stage.

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Increase your confidence

An important part of a nanny’s role is to support children’s development, and as a professional child care provider, nannies should ensure this knowledge is always up-to-date.

If there are aspects of development you are unsure about, or it’s been a while since you trained, Child Development can help you to feel more secure in your knowledge, which in turn, will make you feel much more confident and secure when caring for children. 

Enhance your employability

Completing our OCN-London approved Child Development course  is a great way to show potential employers that you understand what motivates children and know how to support their development appropriately.

It also shows that you take your responsibilities as a nanny seriously, and that you are committed to continually upskilling and developing your professional knowledge. Our OCN-London bespoke course, Child Development, will demonstrate to potential families that you understand child development and ultimately will help you stand out from other nanny candidates seeking similar roles. 

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If you feel that our certified Child Development course is what is right for you, you should know that it consists of 4 in-depth training sessions, complete with reflection questions and quizzes to check your understanding.

The course is 100% online and will take about  60 hours to complete, over 8 weeks, giving you a window of time to complete the course and leaving you in control of how and when you study. If you like what you’ve read about our Childhood Development  course and think it might be a good fit for your professional development, visit our website at www.international-nanny.institute!

We can’t wait to have you on board!

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Vestibular play

Ever seen a child hanging their body over the edge of the armchair, watching TV upside down? How about spinning around and around a pole at the park? Or maybe you just find them from time to time in a downward-facing dog-type pose?

Perhaps you shrug and exclaim “kids are weird!” but actually, there’s a lot more to these seemingly random activities; Spinning, rocking, playing with positioning, balancing and being upside down are all ways of activating the vestibular system, a key component of healthy child development. In this article, we will explore what the vestibular system is, why it’s important and some ideas for encouraging children to activate this system in their play.

What is the vestibular system?

The vestibular system is controlled by two pieces of bone in the inner ear and is a sensory system, independent to but interconnected with the 5 senses we usually think of (taste, touch, sight, sound, and smell) Its role is to perceive and monitor the position and movement of the head, enabling humans to process environmental sounds accurately, knowing where a noise is coming from, and use their eyes effectively to look around without always needing to move the head.

The vestibular system is believed to be one of the first to develop when a baby is in the womb and is in place by 8 weeks post-conception and well-developed by the time the mother is just 5 months pregnant.

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What does the vestibular system do?

The vestibular system has several different functions. Some of them are very practical like being able to perceive where noises are coming from and look around, the vestibular system has a big impact on physical development too as it is a key component in developing and refining balance.

The vestibular system also acts as a kind of “Gatekeeper” for all the sensory information that the brain is bombarded with on a minute-by-minute basis. The vestibular system’s role is to process and categorise the incoming sensory information and pass this information onto the correct regions of the brain.

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Why is the vestibular system important?

The vestibular system lays the foundations for a whole host of different kinds of learning. When the vestibular system develops normally it is a mechanism that helps children to feel ‘at home’ in their bodies so they can rest and play easily.

The vestibular system helps children to develop a good sense of balance, vital for rolling, crawling, walking, running, navigating space and pretty much any physical activity you can think of. The vestibular system supports visual tracking abilities, making fine motor skills and learning to write much easier. When the vestibular system does not work well children may be clumsy, struggle to master physical skills, they may find sports difficult or find reading and writing much more tricky than their peers.

The vestibular system is also a critical component of mastering self-regulation, the ability to control our behaviour and calm our emotions. When the vestibular system is not working as we would expect it to be, children can become quickly overwhelmed with the sensory information their brain is being fed as the “gatekeeper” isn’t doing its job correctly. This can lead to a range of different behaviours and underdeveloped vestibular systems have even been linked to conditions like ADHD.

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How can caregivers support this kind of development?

Supporting normal vestibular development isn’t especially complicated, but it is vital that it is something caregivers consider when observing children’s activities. The vestibular system develops best through normal play behaviours like climbing, balancing, running and risk-taking so it is really important that we allow these kinds of activities.

In young babies, engaging the vestibular system through rocking or babywearing can be incredibly soothing and help the developing brain to make sense of the world.

In toddlers and young children jumping or bouncing games can be encouraged, or the safe use of a trampoline is good too. Up and down movement helps the vestibular system to regulate sensory input, and involves the proprioceptive sense too, which is another sensory system. Gym balls and wobble boards are further ways to gain this sensory input.

Young children love to spin and introducing props like dance ribbons or scarves can help encourage them to do this too. Using swings or hammocks can be a great way to help children use their vestibular senses and have benefits for up to 8 hours afterwards! Many children who struggle with sensory overwhelm will find swings very soothing, bringing them back to a place of calm.

Yoga can be a fantastic way to engage the vestibular system too with plenty of poses requiring children to be upside down or balancing.

Really though, specialist activities and equipment are rarely needed. What children really need from caregivers is an understanding of normal development and permission to engage their vestibular system. So next time you find a child hanging over the edge of the armchair, if it is safe to do so, perhaps leave them to it.

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